The Englewood Review of Books
Best Books of 2018
*** Our Best Theology Book of 2018!!!
In response to the secularizing pressures to assimilate or moderate unique expressions of faith, Christian pluralism insists on the right of religious communities—including Muslims—to maintain their religious distinctiveness. In response to the expectation that religious minorities will retreat into the shadows, Christian pluralism insists on the right to practice their faith openly in the public square. And in response to calls to “take back the country” and restore one group’s previously dominant status, Christian pluralists argue “for the formation of a state and society in which all worldviews could publicly flourish and advocate for their own unique visions for the common good” (82).
Christian pluralism, in other words, is an antidote to fear. It is an antidote to ruthless tribalism. It tears down the walls between neighbors while safeguarding the rights of Muslims, Christians, Jews, Hindus, and other faiths to truly hold onto our most precious convictions—at home, in our houses of worship, and in public.
I have not done justice to Kaemingk’s masterful work in this book. His prose is elegant yet eminently readable—two descriptions that don’t always apply to academic writing. Most of all, however, at a time when our social and political discourse is being torn apart at the seams, Kaemingk models for us a posture of winsomeness, generosity, and hope. And when the smoke clouds of fear swirl all around us, that’s a breath of fresh air.
- From our review by Tim Hoiland
in our Lent 2018 magazine issue
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