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The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue$
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Terrence Merrigan and John Friday

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198792345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792345.001.0001

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Discerning the Divine and the Demonic through Dialogue

Discerning the Divine and the Demonic through Dialogue

Recent Evangelical Theology of Religions

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(p.111) 7 Discerning the Divine and the Demonic through Dialogue
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The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue
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Wouter Biesbrouck

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792345.003.0008

This chapter highlights three interrelated characteristics of recent Evangelical theology of religions. These three characteristics are (1) the attention to the divine and demonic, which refers to the fact that the search for the Holy Spirit’s presence in other religions goes hand in hand with a conviction that the church must also be aware of the potential presence of other (evil) “spirits,” (2) the focus on (inter-religious) dialogue, which is relatively new in Evangelicalism, and (3) the theme of discernment, which refers to the importance in Evangelical theology of religions of understanding discernment as a pneumatological process. The grappling of Evangelical theology with these issues is not merely interesting for Evangelicals, but contributes to the fecundity of theology of interreligious dialogue in general.

Keywords:   Theology of interreligious dialogue, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, pneumatology, discernment, evil spirits

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