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Seminar: Does the Anglican Church have a Theology of Religious Pluralism?

  • CMCS 109a Iffley Road Oxford, England, OX4 1EH United Kingdom (map)

The Revd Dr Tess Kuin Lawton
Chaplain and Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford

The Second Vatican Council addressed Nostra Aetate to the subject of the relationship between Christianity and the world faiths, based on a detailed theological response from Karl Rahner, which was broadly understood as Catholic Inclusivism. In 1977 the World Council of Churches published ‘Guidelines on Dialogue with People of Living Faiths’, which also considered the Exclusivist theological response of Karl Barth and John Hick’s Pluralism. What was the Church of England’s response? Can it be understood within a particular theological framework? What were the ‘inter-faith issues’ which were raised for the National Church at this time? Revd Dr Tess Kuin Lawton will explore these issues using a close analysis of official documents and debates during a critical period of inter-faith awareness in the Church of England from 1966-1998, drawing conclusions for the Anglican approach to mission and diversity in the 21st century.