Context, Plurality, and Truth

Theology in World Christianities

By Mika Vahakangas

Context, Plurality, and Truth

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  • ISBN: 9781532682643
  • Pages: 216
  • Publication Date: 2/10/2020
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Context, Plurality, and Truth

Theology in World Christianities

By Mika Vahakangas

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  • ISBN: 9781532682643
  • Pages: 216
  • Publication Date: 2/10/2020
  • Retail Price: $26.00
Web Price: $20.80
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The world has shrunk in the processes of globalization, and the old ways of actively ignoring plurality in theology are no longer viable. Contextual differences between different Christian traditions and theologies are highly visible due to improved communications and migration. These differences also witness that this plurality has existed since the very beginning of Christianity. Religious studies demonstrate that no religion is pure and hermetically sealed from others, but they all are syncretistic in the sense of giving and taking. In the world of religions, where boundaries are porous and the internal plurality of Christianity is vast, there is a temptation either to reject the plurality in a fideistic manner or succumb to relativism. The first solution is intellectually hard to defend, and relativism is often seen as detrimental to Christian identity. This book proposes a way of recognizing the contextual and syncretistic dimensions of pluralism while not surrendering to relativism. Christian identity and tradition can be affirmed while staying open to the challenges of pluralism.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“The value of Vähäkangas’s penetrating study is a constructive way forward in valuing pluralism. He sees it as the inevitable result of theologies absorbing and shaping local cultures, so that they can serve Christian, and wider, communities faithfully and critically. Theologies will always be plural because we are all situated and contextual. This book will be important for those working in religious studies and theology.”

—Gavin D’Costa, University of Bristol



“Only a scholar of Professor Mika Vähäkangas’s global experience and depth and width of learning can pack into a little more than two hundred pages a trove of insights on what theology should be and how it should be done. Vähäkangas explores three key issues of theology in world Christianities, namely, context, plurality, and truth, and offers illuminating insights derived from critical conversations with major theologians around the globe. This book should be required reading for any course on methods of contemporary theology.”

—Peter C. Phan, Georgetown University



“Since the late 1980s, what has formerly been called mission studies or missiology came under growing pressure by postcolonial critique and the gravity shift of Christianity towards the Global South. Projects like global ethics, pluralist theology of religion, comparative theology, world Christianity, or intercultural theology were claiming to inherit its position in the theological curriculum. Contextual theologies and interreligious dialogue were high on the agenda. Mika Vähäkangas is positioning himself in these debates and has produced a thoroughly systematic textbook for the theological classroom.”

—Volker Küster, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

Contributors-

Mika Vahakangas

Bio(s)-

Mika Vähäkangas is professor in mission studies and ecumenics at Lund University, Sweden.  He has directed several projects related to African Christianity. He has been a lecturer at Makumira University College of Tumaini University, Tanzania, as well as Helsinki University, Finland, and president of the International Association for Mission Studies.

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