Tuesday, May 20, 2008

How many ways to God are there?

Justin Taylor @ http://www.newattitude.org discusses the nature of an exclusive claim to salvation. His approach: "Instead of an in-depth theological explanation of exclusivism (which would be very valuable), I’m going to suggest some ways of engaging the issue with those who challenge your Christian beliefs with the pluralist objection. To see a winsome and insightful example of how to address the objection, please make sure to continue to the end where I’ve included a powerful video clip".

Be Prepared

Ask Questions

"A three-step process of questions includes: (1) “What do you mean by that?” (2) “Why do you believe that?” (3) “Have you ever considered that . . . .” Step 1 seeks for clarity; step 2 asks for arguments; step 3 detects a flaw in their reasoning and presents counter-arguments. (For more on this approach, the book to get is Greg Koukl’s Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions, coming in September 2008 from Zondervan.)"

All Religions Are True (or False)

Exclusivism Is Arrogant (Or Perfectly Reasonable)

The Heart of the Matter
"In closing, I would strongly encourage you to take seven minutes to watch this insightful and moving video of R.C. Sproul explaining how Jesus can be the only way":

Recommended Resources

_David K. Clark, “Religious Pluralism and Christian Exclusivism,” in To Everyone an Answer: The Case for the Christian Worldview, ed. Beckwith, Craig, and Moreland

_Tim Keller, The Reason for God: Belief in God in an Age of Skepticism, chapter 1 (“There Can’t Just Be One True Religion”). [After composing the blog post above I discovered that Keller has a similar response to the blind-men-and-the-elephant objection.]

_Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson, eds., Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism,

_Ronald H. Nash, Is Jesus the Only Savior?

_Harold A. Netland, Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith and Mission.

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