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Can Evangelicals Learn from World Religions?: Jesus, Revelation & Religious Traditions Paperback – September 15, 2000
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"Evangelicals have been wary of engaging at any depth with faiths other than Christianity. Commitment to the 'scandal of particularity' has meant that many never consider what the revelatory value of non-Christian religions might be. Gerald McDermott provides a beautifully written, timely and much-needed contribution to a field where most evangelicals fear to tread." (Jeremy Begbie, vice principal, Ridley Hall, University of Cambridge)
"Can one's Christian faith be enriched by encounter with the Analects of Confucius? Could God's saving deed and disclosure in Jesus Christ alone include a wider grace at work in the wisdom of other world religions? Evangelical Gerald McDermott says yes. With warrants from Scripture and the tradition of Jonathan Edwards, and a good grasp of today's debates on religious pluralism, he makes his case by scrutiny of key writings on non-Christian religions. Here is a fresh voice that needs to be heard in the current conversation." (Gabriel Fackre, Abbot Professor of Christian Theology Emeritus, Andover Newton Theological School)
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The author is very diligent and often reminds his readers that the Christian claim of the uniqueness of Christ is one that needs to be lifted up. Furthermore, what we learn from those outside our faith is not new knowledge per se but may be a different but helpful approach to biblical principles.
The unfortunate title regrettably misleads readers who will probably be surprised to find a careful study on the nature of revelation and a theological overview of Christianity's major theologians. The concluding chapters offer a great inroad to some Eastern and Near Eastern faiths. Explicitly stating that the acknowledgment of Christ as Lord is the only saving confession, McDermott continues to show how God has continued the biblical tradition of revealing himself to those outside the Christian faith.
**I honestly think McDermott is on the right path if he gathers a more full grasp of Islamic belief (pros/cons), historicity of Christian persecution (Philip Jenkins' books on this are stellar), and makes his stance between Pluralism/inter-dialouge a littler clearer (not just saying he is not a pluralist but then making pluralistic or relativist statements), I think he could be a top voice in the future of the faith when inter-faith/1st century dialouge will be even more important.