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Neighboring Faiths: A Christian Introduction to World Religions Hardcover – April 10, 1998

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"A fine summary of what people of other religions believe and practise." (Themelios)

"[E]ncourage[s] empathetic understanding of non-Christian faiths, as well as informed and respectful interreligious dialogue, while firmly embracing a commitment to Christian belief that resists relativistic or homogenizing forms of pluralism." (Christian Scholar's Review)

"Neighboring Faiths commends itself for use in many contexts. . . . His book builds on his years of classroom teaching on the subject and of leading students on study tours to encounter people's lived religion in various parts of the world. That all bears fruit in this engaging volume." (Missiology)

"Neighboring Faiths commends itself for use in many contexts. . . . His book builds on his years of classroom teaching on the subject and of leading students on study tours to encounter people's lived religion in various parts of the world. That all bears fruit in this engaging volume." (Bibliotheca Sacra)

"Some Christians declare their faith before understanding another person's religion. To avoid this blunder, others never let on about their faith. Corduan will lead readers first to genuine comprehension and then to competent sharing. In an era dominated by easy pluralism, this book gets it just right." (David K. Clark, Bethel University)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 363 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (April 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830815244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830815241
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Thomas Parrott on November 1, 2012
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Well done and referenced. Well structured and followed a logic flow. I felt he did justice to each faith system by not writing too little or writing much. Perfect book to launch in to deeper understanding.
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Too often we assume that those who have a faith different from ours will be cookie cutter examples of their own faith system. The book helps show the diversity, even among those of a certain faith. It is especially good for evangelical Christians as each chapter concludes with how to approach other faiths. It is detailed. Google the religion you are studying first, then read this for meat on the bones.
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As an individual, Corduan combines a deep knowledge with great meekness. Likewise, Neighboring Faiths reflects this same gentleness and depth of insight. Though from an unashamedly Christian perspective, it is uncompromisingly fair in approaching other faiths.
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In this book, Winfried Corduan provides to us an introduction to the religions of the world. The book covers different religions and their system which include Judaism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, African and Native American traditional religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Baha'i, Chinese popular religion, Shinto and the Japanese synthesis. Winfried Corduan emphasizes not just formal religious teachings but also how each religion is practiced in daily life.
I liked the entire book and found it interesting that Corduan did not include a chapter on Christianity as he said «I have chosen not to include a chapter on Christianity." (p.15). Even though he didn't mean to imply that Christianity is not a religion, but in fact considering the Christian worldview as the starting point for most of his readers It interesting to think about Christianity and its supra-cultural and absolute elements in contrast with a proper religious system. Christianity is in fact a religious system, but it also stands above any religious system in its call to a relationship with God.
The issues related to contextualization raised on pages 41 and 42 deals with some of the things that we need to learn more as we prepare ourselves to share our faith, specially in a missionary context. In this part of the book, I was able to gain a lot as Corduan challenges is in this regard. I would like to highlight the quote: "...the evangelist must discern the gospel message in its biblical setting. Second, as far as is humanly possible, she must make sure that nothing in her culture obscures or supplants the gospel message.” Here lies the challenge to all of us engaged in the sharing of the gospel.
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Excellent study of different religions. Excellent study in various religions. Study of different religions from around the world. Religion study
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My daughter - in college - thinks this book is quite useful. Glad she does - as the professor gave her little choice about it as her textbook.
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This was extremely helpful in a class in Contextualization of the Gospel, I love it again I say wonderful, as well as thank you.
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Having Dr. Corduan for class, I had to buy his book, yet that didn't keep me from reading ahead and into sections that we didn't even cover. A great book that covers all the major world religions (minus Christianity) and gives Christians an excellent chance to truly be able to relate to others in our cities, states, and country who have differing views from ours.
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