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The Faith Next DoorAmerican Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors$
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Paul D. Numrich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.001.0001

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Local Christians Face America's New Religious Diversity

(p.155) Conclusion
The Faith Next Door

Paul D. Numrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter sorts out the great variety of Christian perspectives in a multireligious America: Does a typology emerge from the case studies of this book that can offer a fresh way of looking at the important topic of Christian relations with other religions? However, this chapter goes beyond mere classification to ask a crucial question of all Christians, regardless of perspective: How would they wish adherents of other religions to think of them and the Christian faith? The chapter examines the well-known categories of exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism, which emphasize religious truth claims, and ends by advocating the attitude of Christian meekness and humility described in the New Testament.

Keywords:   religious diversity, Christian perspectives, multireligious America, exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism, meekness, humility, New Testament

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