What is the impact of the phenomenon of modern socio-cultural pluralism on the Christian faith? In particular, this article looks at how pluralism has been used to justify recent theological proposals commonly labelled "the theology of world religions" or "pluralistic theology." These proposals suggest that Christians cannot represent the Christian faith in such a way as to exclude or even threaten the validity of other world religions.
The church in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries is confronted with religious pluralism. McGrath points out the attack made against the doctrines of the incarnation and the Trinity. He argues that the specific identity of God is central to the formulation of the doctrine of the Trinity. The article argues the question whether it is possible to remain faithful to the Christian faith and engage positively with the challenge of pluralism.
Churches are faced with the reality of pluralism. While the basic phenomenon is not new, the intellectual response to it is: the suggestion that plurality of beliefs is theoretically justified. The first casualty of the pluralist agenda is truth. McGrath's approach is to articulate some of the central presuppositions and methods of a pluralist ideology and intellectual pluralism.
This is the fifth article in a series on various doctrinal issues facing the church today. This article looks at the challenge introduced by pluralism and interfaith. Christians should not compromise the truth about God, Jesus Christ, or the gospel; however, they must find a way to build bridges to reach others for Christ.