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Monday, 25 January 2016
Knitter's Models II

Seeing Judaism Anew: Christianity's Sacred Obligation,
Ed. Mary C. Boys, Rowman and Littlefield, 2002
Chapter Jesus as the Universal Saviour, "127-137", page 129-130

Phan continues considering the four models of contemporary theology proposed by Paul F. Knitter: replacement, fulfillment, mutuality and acceptance.

The second model - fulfillment - while affirming Christianity as the one true religion, acknowledges the presence of elements of truth and grace in other religions and advocates a muual, though not equal, complementarity between Christianity and other religions through dialogue.

That doesn't sound as thought it will please anybody. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks came unstuck on a similar suggestion from the Jewish point of view in the first edition of his "Dignity and Difference" book, forced into a quick recant and revision by his more stridently orthodox colleagues within a few days of publication. Many will feel both patronised and offended at the same time!

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