The powers and limits of pluralism in theology

Conradie, E. M. (1992)

CITATION: Conradie, E. M. 1992. The powers and limits of pluralism in theology. Scriptura, 40:40-64, doi:10.7833/40-0-1684.

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ccording to David Tracy, plurality and ambiguity are two important characteristics of the contemporary global (and South African) cultural, political, religious and theological situations. This article identifies five possible conceptual strategies to deal with the existence of a radical plurality within Christian theology, i e monism, eclecticism, relativism, agnosticism and pluralism. The presuppositions of pluralistic strategy is analysed in more detail. The appeal of such a pluralistic approach is illustrated with reference to Tracy’s proposal of an analogical imagination. A few possible objections regarding the applicability of pluralism within the context of Christian theology are also discussed.

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