Church and Religious “Other”
Edited by Gerard Mannion
T&T Clark, $130, 320 pp.
The globe is becoming interconnected at an increasingly quick pace. We are thinking differently about what it means to be human, individually and in community; religions are interacting more and more, and are changing because of these encounters; the reality of global Christianity is coming home to us, as Christians in Africa, India, and elsewhere critique the Euro-American vision of church. It is tempting to settle for part of the picture: just ecumenism, just liberal or conservative views, just America, just peace or environmental issues, etc.
Church and Religious “Other” urges us to look at everything together. The volume is the fruit of conversations held in 2006 under the auspices of the research network Ecclesiological Investigations. From its beginning in 2002, the network has been global and ecumenical in membership. Its goals include “a firm commitment to exploring issues pertaining to pluralism, both religious and otherwise, as well as toward ethical debates of national, international, and intercontinental relevance,” and the exploration of these issues “across a variety of disciplinary, cultural, religious, and geographical boundaries.” Three other volumes were simultaneously published: Christian Community Now; Receiving “The Nature and Mission of the Church”; and Comparative Ecclesiology.