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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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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.