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Radical Difference: A Defence of Hendrik Kraemer's Theology of Religions [Paperback]

Tim S. Perry
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Oct. 4 2001 Editions SR

It is commonly assumed that all religions are essentially alike, that they are all common members of the genus Religion. But what if religions are not fundamentally similar after all? What if, on the contrary, it is better to presuppose a radical difference among the world’s various religious communities, with each faith being defined by different beliefs, different practices, different world views, and different ways of life?

Radical Difference: A Defence of Hendrik Kraemer’s Theology of Religions explores the implications of this presupposition by examining the pioneering work of Dutch Reformed theologian and missionary Hendrik Kraemer. Perry shows that a critical reappropriation of Kraemer by contemporary Christian theology of religions can only help those Christians, especially evangelical Protestants, who find themselves equally unsatisfied with the various pluralisms and traditional responses, whether optimistic or skeptical, currently available.

Increased global migration and technological advances have brought us closer together than ever before. At the same time, ethnic, cultural and religious tensions throughout the world have awakened us to issues of interreligious tolerance and cooperation. This book recognizes and addresses the impact differing religious beliefs, practices and world views have on our lives.


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Tim S. Perry is an assistant professor of theology at Providence College and Seminary in Otterburne, Manitoba.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Radical Difference April 12 2004
Timothy S. Perry has written a good exposition and introduction to the thought of Hendrik Kraemer. I am student of Dr. Perry at Providence College and Seminary and know him to be an incredible scholar.
No discussion of Religious Pluralism is complete without touching on Kraemer's critique of the entire endeavour. Perry outlines Kraemer's life and thought in the first few chapters and then goes on to both critique and defend him.
I have used this book as a quick resource in a couple of academic papers, and it has pointed me to further study in Kraemer. One idea that I have found particularily useful is Kraemer's idea, and Perry's treatment of it, that there is no such thing as true Pluralism. In the same way that there can never be an unbiased position in debate, Pluralism is nothing more than broad form of the exclusivism that it finds so offensive.
For the Pluralist and the Particularist alike, Perry's introduction to Kraemer will prove to be a valueable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a Radical Difference April 12 2004
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Timothy S. Perry has written a good exposition and introduction to the thought of Hendrik Kraemer. I am student of Dr. Perry at Providence College and Seminary and know him to be an incredible scholar.
No discussion of Religious Pluralism is complete without touching on Kraemer's critique of the entire endeavour. Perry outlines Kraemer's life and thought in the first few chapters and then goes on to both critique and defend him.
I have used this book as a quick resource in a couple of academic papers, and it has pointed me to further study in Kraemer. One idea that I have found particularily useful is Kraemer's idea, and Perry's treatment of it, that there is no such thing as true Pluralism. In the same way that there can never be an unbiased position in debate, Pluralism is nothing more than broad form of the exclusivism that it finds so offensive.
For the Pluralist and the Particularist alike, Perry's introduction to Kraemer will prove to be a valueable read.
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