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  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: Catholic Univ of Amer Pr (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081320769X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813207698
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,111,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An important work for understanding the current debate about salvation for non-Christians. This book discusses how Christians can value their own faith and express their convictions about Christianity and at the same time respect the faith of other religious people.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By theologicalresearcher on September 8, 2005
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If there is a book that gives a good Catholic take on religious pluralism then this book is it. This book is not only a good Catholic overview of how Christians should look upon people of other religious traditions but also provides a pretty good outline of the various positions within Christianity. DiNoia's approach is what you would call an "optimistic exclusivism" (very similar to view of Protestant scholars like George Lindbeck and Gabriel Fackre). Though not buying into the hardline conservative evangelical model of restrictivism he takes issue with the popular inclusivist and exclusivist models. Though not denying truth elements in the teachings of other religions DiNoia does a very good job arguing that an inclusivist and exclusivist models of salvation blurs the "aims of life" (i.e., salvation) and means of reaching those aims (i.e., faith, works, sacraments, rituals, etc.) in different religions. Thus, those two models downgrades the differences that exist in each religion (differences, according to DiNoia, that must be upheld in order for true inter-religious dialogue to take place). Though there are some things I disagree with it in the book I still recommend it as a resource for learning what contemporary Catholicism teaches about salvation of people in other religions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John in Orlando on July 18, 2012
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This important book serves as a useful corrective to typical liberal-Christian theologies of religious pluralism, as well as the indifferentism that plagues a great deal of secular comment on religion. Dinoia takes the claims of the religions seriously--if a Theravada Buddhist, for example, seeks the cessation of the cycle of craving and suffering through pursuit of the blissful extinction of the ego that he calls nirvana, one does him no justice by claiming that he is really pursuing the Christian ideal of eternal life in the Beatific Vision of the Trinity. Dinoia argues that the diversity of religions is real (e.g., they're not all "basically the same"), and he makes the case that this diversity is providential in a Christian theological sense.
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