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Identity, Relevance and the Crucified God

Reid, Duncan (2012) Identity, Relevance and the Crucified God. Pacifica, 25 (3). pp. 258-272. ISSN 1030-570X

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    Abstract

    The article begins by looking briefly at the identity-relevance dialectic in The Crucified God and the theological context that produced it. It then considers our current situation, very different from forty years ago, of a multi-religious Australia within a desecularised world. The article poses the question: how are Christians to maintain both identity and relevance, in this new context, within inter-religious dialogue? Implicitly, the question is: what types of contribution might Moltmann’s book make? The author considers the contribution of a recent article by U. Link-Wieczorek, and draws the conclusion that Moltmann’s identification of trinitarian thinking with the theology of the cross continues to be valid, and further, that this trinitarian theology of the cross constitutes the ‘true Christian universalism’. With some provisos, including that we do not forget the twentieth-century critique of religion, the conclusion is drawn that both identity and relevance are best maintained by placing cross at the heart of our understanding of the Trinity, and the Trinity at the heart of what we say in conversations with adherents of other religious communities, and that the acknowledgement of the crucified God is an indispensible element in such conversations.

    Item Type: Published Articles
    Repository Version: Published Version
    Keywords (separated by commas): Moltmann, inter-religious dialogue,universalism
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): C - Systematic Theology
    Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
    Depositing User: Rev Dr Duncan Reid
    Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2014 10:34
    Last Modified: 12 Sep 2014 10:34
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1541

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