This month I am humbled & honored to have an essay published in the Winter 2014 edition of Missio Apostolica, a peer-reviewed bi-annual journal published by the Lutheran Society for Mission. This journal contains articles from mission fields, studies and research, new developments and challenges, and book reviews of recent books on mission and missions.
My article, titled, "Building Bridges: Toward Constructing a Christian Foundation for Inter-Religious Relationships in the Shift from Religious Privilege to Spiritual Plurality," focuses on on the posture & process for Christians to pursue with our Hindu coworkers, our Mormon neighbors, & our atheist niece. You can find the entire journal edition, and my article, HERE. Or, read the abstract below.
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Religious pluralism is a fact in an ever more globalized, individualized, and post-modern society. The reality of religious pluralism, and its attendant ideology of tolerance, presupposes a serious shift for the Christian Church from a position of privilege to one of marginality among many. It is necessary then that faithful, missional, Christians reconsider their foundational theology concerning other religions and worldviews and begin constructing a revitalized and benevolent approach to the “religious other.” This paper is an attempt to not only outline the facts, trends, and philosophy of religious pluralism, but also sketch a blueprint for a friendly, missionary, encounter with other religions founded on God’s Word.