Qty:1
  • List Price: $30.00
  • Save: $10.23 (34%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 9 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Great copy! Pages are clean and unmarked. Minor shelf wear on cover. Ships directly from Amazon.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith & Mission Paperback – August 14, 2001


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$19.77
$12.97 $4.50
Best%20Books%20of%202014


Frequently Bought Together

Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith & Mission + Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions
Price for both: $47.79

Buy the selected items together
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Holiday Deals in Books
Holiday Deals in Books
Find deals for every reader in the Holiday Deals in Books store, featuring savings of up to 50% on cookbooks, children's books, literature & fiction, and more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (August 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 083081552X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830815524
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Netland is professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has spent much of his professional life in Japan. His other books include Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Question of Truth.

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
1
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
So I'm sitting at work bored, and I decide to look up a few of my favorite books on Amazon to see how others rated them. The best book I've ever read on religious pluralism from an evangelical perspective is Harold Netland's "Encountering Religious Pluralism." I read it almost three years ago for a seminary class, and it still affects how I approach the issues and problems that our pluralistic culture raises for someone coming from a traditional Christian perspective. Imagine my surprise to find out that no one had reviewed this fine work. Thus I took it upon myself to be the first.

Netland's strength lies in his ability to cover a broad range of topics concerning religious pluralism while remaining lucid and concise in his writing. For example, he not only gives a brief history of religious pluralism and how the church has reacted to it, but he also levels sophisticated critiques against it and even devotes a chapter to the most ardent modern day religious pluralist, the philosopher of religion John Hick. And he doesn't just give us Hick's views, he actually goes into detail into Hick's personal journey from being a conservative Christian to a radical pluralist.

Netland's critiques of Hick and other modern pluralist views are trenchant. Of course on the surface it seems very warm and fuzzy and modern to proclaim that all religions are really different manifestations of the same ultimate reality, but Netland points out the serious problems with this view. Take, for example, Hick's notion of "the Real." In Hick's view, all the religions of the world are nothing more than different cultural manifestations of human responses to "the Real." What matters is that we live a life that is not self-centered but Real-centered.
Read more ›
5 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott Julian on March 27, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Netland presents a very compelling case for the traditional Christian viewpoint of exclusive truth and does so with fairness, grace, generosity and above all a deep and scholarly engagement with the issues involved. The book simply gets better as one reads through it. Some of the initial chapters were tough sledding as Netland addressed the underlying philosophical issues involved, but in doing so he builds a strong foundation (if not credibility) for what is to follow.

The tone of the book was such that this reviewer wondered if he would "defect" in some way and make some significant compromise on the exclusivity of the Christian faith, but he never did, though open minded individuals will appreciate his nuances and carefully wrought arguments. All this makes his conclusions all the more compelling, and make the book a exemplar of how inter-religious dialog (and indeed, Christian witness of any kind) should take place.

I was profoundly challenged by this fine book, both intellectually and behaviorally. That's a lot to get in return for less than $20!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AJ on December 27, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
just finished reading this book for a grad class. Although the book did seem a bit wordy at times the subject matter and author's obvious passion for the subject made up for it. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in missiology for the 21st century or any layman wanting to be more effective in reaching a religiously diverse culture in America. Kudos to Netland for tackling this very delicate and sensitive subject.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B.Lie on October 26, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This work by Netland is outstanding for many reasons. Here are some of them:

* It combines the historical, philosophical, theological and apologetical perspectives on religious pluralism. All written in a very readable way.

* Its critiques on John Hick's pluralistic hypothesis is profound and reliable. It doesn't attack straw man as many others. This is very understandable since the author was once a student of Hick himself. Hick also addresses Netland's critiques (from his previous book, Dissonant Voices) in his book A Christian Theology of Religion. It shows that Netland is considered as one of serious challengers to Hick's pluralism.

* It is both descriptive and prescriptive. It challenges Christians to engage with one of the most important issues in the Christian mission and philosophy of religion today.

* The section on evangelical theology of religions is short but illuminating. Netland believes that there are three elements that involve in human religions namely, creation and revelation, sin, and satanic/demonic influence. The third one is clearly politically incorrect for many and yet Netland is not hesitate to state it. His exposition on these three points alone deserves the price of the book.

In short, this is simply the best book on religious pluralism. Whether you are an evangelical or not, the book will benefits you.

If Dr. Netland read this review, I just want to say thank you for your work. You are doing a significant ministry by focusing your research on this important area.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
0 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Clauer on November 22, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book for a class that I may take at a seminary. I have read nearly half the book. For me, this book is boring. The writer spends too much time in the details. There are a lot of new words, people name's and their books. So far, there is one page that I found interesting. That was in the notes on the bottom of a page concerning the pluralism of Islam stated by Baxter. Page 95. The writer constantly says that he needs to discuss the background on various subjects, but does a poor job relating it to the present. Maybe it will get better during the last half of the book. I will finish reading this book, but I do not recommend the book.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?