World Christianity Encounters World Religions

A Summa of Interfaith Dialogue

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Edmund Chia
  • Collegeville, MN: 
    Liturgical Press
    , December
     272 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
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Review by Julius-Kei Kato forthcoming.


Synthesizing the thinking of the most prominent scholars, professor Edmund Chia discusses practically everything that should be known about Christianity's encounter with other religions in this comprehensive book. Topics include: 

  • the invention of the idea of World Religions and World Christianity
  • the Bible and the church's attitude toward other faiths
  • Vatican II, Asian Christianity, and interfaith dialogue
  • the what, why, when, and how of dialogue
  • the global ecumenical movement
  • theologies of religious pluralism
  • scriptural reasoning
  • cross-textual hermeneutics
  • comparative theology
  • interfaith worship
  • religious syncretism
  • multiple religious belonging
  • interfaith learning in seminaries
  • Catholic schools and multiculturalism
  • the mission-dialogue paradox
  • and Christian-Muslim dialogue on Original Sin and Redemption
About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Edmund Chia, originally from Malaysia, headed the interreligious and ecumenical office of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences from 1996 to 2004. He then served on the faculty of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago for seven years and, since 2011, has been teaching at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

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