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John G. Stackhouse

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195138078

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195138074.001.0001

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The Problem of Plausibility

The Problem of Plausibility

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John G. Stackhouse (Contributor Webpage)

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The problem of plausibility is the question of whether Christianity is an option one might take seriously. This chapter explores reasons for contemporary resistance to Christian proclamation. There is a pervasive resistance toward learning about other religions due to the complacency or indifference that relativism often ironically produces. Resistance to Christianity is also prevalent for a number of reasons, including widespread identity with Christianity and widespread ignorance about that very faith; public scandals of the church and its leaders as well as the pain of individuals’ experiences of disappointment and violence suffered at the hands of the church; the purported conflict of science and religion; the increasing awareness of and regard for other world religions; prevalent ahistoricism; and, finally, North America's Christian heritage, which has given many inheritors of Christian culture grounds for contempt against that particular religion. The chapter concludes hopefully, however, with the suggestion that modernity and postmodernity help foster attitudes of tolerance that would give Christianity the opportunity to make its case alongside other religious options.

Keywords:   ahistoricism, Christian, culture, plausibility, religion, science, world religions

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