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Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue$
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Jane I. Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195307313

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195307313.001.0001

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 The Pluralistic Imperative

 The Pluralistic Imperative

Christian Perspectives

(p.101) 6 The Pluralistic Imperative
Muslims, Christians, and the Challenge of Interfaith Dialogue

Jane Idleman Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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Americans generally understand pluralism to be a descriptive term for the multiplicity of religions and cultures in their country. This chapter and the next, however, are concerned with another kind of pluralism, namely the theological response of each faith to the presence of other religions, most specifically how Christians and Muslims look at each other. This chapter considers how some American Christian thinkers have thought about issues of pluralism and the encounter with Islam. Christian evangelicals, moderates, and pluralists, both Roman Catholics and Protestants, have all contributed to the conversation about how Christians might look personally and spiritually at the religion of Islam.

Keywords:   inclusivism, exclusivism, pluralism, diversity, evangelicals, Protestants, Roman Catholics, mission, salvation, Vatican II

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