Doing the Work of Comparative Theology

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Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    Eerdmans
    , March
     2020.
     321 pages.
     $35.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780802874665.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

In a world that is more religiously diverse than ever before, our coworkers and neighbors may well be adherents of other faiths. But how many of us really grasp the similarities and differences between the major world religions? Comparative theology is one increasingly important way to bridge this gap, especially for Christian leaders and professors, but also for lay people and students. 

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen introduces the nature and work of comparative theology, then delves into a detailed doctrine-by-doctrine comparison of Christian teachings with those of historical and contemporary Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. With every doctrine, he first presents a summary of consensual Christian belief and then orients the reader to the distinctive teachings of other faith traditions, highlighting parallels and differences. 

Ideal for students, ministers, instructors, and lay people interested in interfaith dialogue, Doing the Work of Comparative Theology distills the comparative-theological rigor of Kärkkäinen’s Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World series into an accessible and user-friendly textbook. Readers will not only learn basic methodology but also begin to undertake the actual work of comparative theology.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen is professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California, and docent of ecumenics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His other books include Christian Theology in the Pluralistic World and the five volumes of his ambitious constructive-theology project: Christ and Reconciliation, Trinity and Revelation, Creation and Humanity, Spirit and Salvation, and Hope and Community.

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