Finding a Lutheran Theology of Religions: Ecclesial Traditions and Interfaith Dialogue

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Finding a Lutheran Theology of Religions: Ecclesial Traditions and Interfaith Dialogue

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dc.contributor.author Mary Christine Lohr en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-25T16:52:12Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T16:54:44Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T12:02:09Z
dc.date.issued 2009-09-11 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The question of who is participating in today’s debate around theologies of other religions is important. Religious difference and the many ways of dealing with it are issues in political, social and theological initiatives. The reality of religious plurality in daily life leaves some Christians wondering about the best way to relate to non-Christian neighbors. In light of this, a series of questions emerges about who is shaping conversations with people of other faiths and what priorities they reflect. A Lutheran voice is lacking in this debate. Despite this, there has been a wide response from other Christian traditions. In some cases denominations have raised questions of religious pluralism as a theological issue, while elsewhere individual theologians have contributed to the debate. The project that follows will examine such contributions from three ecclesial traditions (Roman Catholic, Evangelical and Protestant) and individual theologians in order to chart some common concerns in the theology of religions debate. In an effort to highlight a tradition-constituted approach to the other, connections will also be made between individuals’ positions and their ecclesial traditions. This thesis will also propose a distinctively Lutheran theology of religions first by using the works of Martin Luther to introduce the Lutheran history of engagement with non-Christians. Then, Lutheran statements and resources, partnerships and institutions will be examined to discover the ways in which the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America engages non-Christians. Finally, this project will propose crucial elements for a specifically Lutheran theology of religions. These elements will be put in conversation with individual Lutheran theologians who have made contributions to the debate. Ultimately a theology of kinship will emerge. Using distinctively Lutheran themes, this theology recognizes a connection between all people and calls Lutherans to live in kinship with the religious other. en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/86921 en_GB
dc.language.iso en_US en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.subject Interfaith dialogue en_GB
dc.subject Theology of kinship en_GB
dc.subject Ecclesiology en_GB
dc.subject Evangelical Lutheran Church in America en_GB
dc.subject Luther, Martin en_GB
dc.subject Interreligious relations en_GB
dc.subject Theology of religions en_GB
dc.subject Religious plurality en_GB
dc.subject Lutheran en_GB
dc.title Finding a Lutheran Theology of Religions: Ecclesial Traditions and Interfaith Dialogue en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-11-25T16:52:12Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T16:54:44Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T12:02:09Z
dc.contributor.advisor Markham, Ian en_GB
dc.contributor.advisor Higton, Mike en_GB
dc.publisher.department Theology en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD in Theology en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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