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Roman Catholic Approaches to Other Religions: Developments and Tensions

Paul Knitter

Title:
Roman Catholic Approaches to Other Religions: Developments and Tensions
Author(s):
Knitter, Paul
Date:
Type:
Articles
Department:
Union Theological Seminary
Volume:
8
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Book/Journal Title:
International Bulletin of Missionary Research
Abstract:
The article traces stages in the development of Roman Catholic attitudes towards other faiths, with special concern for the question of the uniqueness of Christ. Five stages are identified: 1) exclusive ecclesiocentrism -- "no salvation outside the church"; 2) inclusive ecclesiocentrism -- no salvation without the church; 3) constitutive christocentrism -- Christ working anonymously in the religions; 4) normative christocentrism -- Christ the final norm for all religions; and 5) dialogical theocentrism -- the many religions as many co-equal partners in God. The article urges greater inter-Christian dialogue in exploring the validity of this final stage.
Subject(s):
Religion
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