Theology in a Pluralist Context -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
I must admit that I've done my theological studies in a relatively non-pluralist environment. I went to a Christian college and then earned two degrees at one of the leading Evangelical institutions. While my studies were ecumenical and often challenging, I didn't explore theological issues in the company of those of differing religious or no religious traditions. I then taught at a Christian college before becoming a pastor. It is in this latter context that I have engaged theology in a more pluralist context (not necessarily my congregation but in my interfaith work). Martin Marty lifts up an intriguing thought here -- that theology is now being explored in pluralist contexts, even in Jesuit institutions. He also notes that there is great interest in exploring rather deeply one's own faith tradition in conversation with others. It's not about mere tolerance, but actually understanding one's own faith better in conversation with the other. Take a read and offer your thoughts!