Comparing Faithfully

9780823274666: Hardback
Release Date: 1st September 2016

9780823274673: Paperback
Release Date: 1st September 2016

9780823274697: PDF
Release Date: 1st September 2016

9780823274680: EPUB
Release Date: 1st September 2016

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 336

Series Comparative Theology: Thinking Across Traditions

Fordham University Press

Comparing Faithfully

Insights for Systematic Theological Reflection

In comparative theology, an adherent of one religious tradition reflects on faith through deep and focused conversation with another tradition. This volume equips students of Christian theology for leadership in a pluralistic world through conversations about God, theodicy, humanity, Christology, and soteriology that take seriously the wisdom of religious neighbors.
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Every generation of theologians must respond to its context by rearticulating the central tenets of the faith. Interreligious comparison has been integral to this process from the start of the Christian tradition and is especially salient today. The emerging field of comparative theology, in which close study of another religious tradition yields new questions and categories for theological reflection in the scholar’s home tradition, embodies the ecumenical spirit of this moment. This discipline has the potential to enrich systematic theology and, by extension, theological education, at its foundations.

The essays in Comparing Faithfully demonstrate that engagement with religious diversity need not be an afterthought in the study of Christian systematic theology; rather, it can be a way into systematic theological thinking. Each section invites students to test theological categories, to consider Christian doctrine in relation to specific comparisons, and to take up comparative study in their own contexts.

This resource for pastors and theology students reconsiders five central doctrines of the Christian faith in light of focused interreligious investigations. The dialogical format of the book builds conversation about the doctrine of God, theodicy, humanity, Christology, and soteriology. Its comparative essays span examples from Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Jain, and Confucian traditions as well as indigenous Aztec theology, and contemporary “spiritual but not religious” thought to offer exciting new perspectives on Christian doctrine.

Michelle Voss Roberts is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Theology at Wake Forest University School of Divinity. Her most recent book, Tastes of the Divine: Hindu and Christian Theologies of Emotion (Fordham, 2014), received the American Academy of Religion’s Award for Excellence in Constructive/Reflective Studies.

“Advances the burgeoning field of comparative theology. Voss Roberts hones in on how theologians read closely and respectfully the texts and ideas of other traditions, making themselves vulnerable to their insights; and consider whether rational accounts of their own faith could be substantively enriched by encounters with those others, without cannibalizing or appropriating them.”

—James W. Farwell
Virginia Theological Seminary