Religious Pluralism and the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ


The course of the present debate has illustrated the retreat from objectivity into subjectivity of which I speak. In his well-



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Religious Pluralism and the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
The course of the present debate has illustrated the retreat from objectivity into subjectivity of which I speak. In his well-known use of the Copernican paradigm, John Hick advised us that we should learn to see God as the center of all reality, and abandon our culture-bound vision of Jesus as the center. Paul Knitter and others now suggest a further move, beyond a Chris­tocentric and even a theocentric view to one that might be called soteriocentric—for why indeed should belief in God be the clue to reality? Thus Christopher Duraisingh writes: "It is not through our a priori doctrinal formulations on God or Christ, but rather through our collective human search for meaning and sacredness that the 'universe of faiths' could be adequately understood," and he goes on therefore to say, in agreement with Paul Knitter, that our approach to other faiths must be neither theocentric nor Christocentric, but must start from soteriology (IRM, p. 399). In Paul Knitter's words, interfaith dialogue "should not revolve


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