• William A. Christian
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In the past two centuries and a half several developments have increased the likelihood of serious conversations about doctrines among proponents of different religions. Among these developments are the scholarly study of the literatures and histories of religions, missionary movements from West to East and from East to West, and a general lifting of cultural horizons. It is still unlikely that these conversations will occur very often because scholarly study encourages one to speak from a detached point of view rather than as a proponent of a religion, because missionary enterprises have built-in limitations as well as possibilities for serious give-and-take in discussions, and because world-minded people often take the bland view that differences in doctrine do not really matter. Moreover, the conditions of success in conducting these conversations, that is for bringing about genuine meetings of minds, persistent explorations of issues and vigorous arguments, are difficult to satisfy.


Religious Tradition Religious Community Natural Theology Religious Doctrine Critical Philosophy 
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    See C. K. Ogden, ‘Opposition, A Linguistic and Psychological Analysis’ (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1967).Google Scholar

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© William A. Christian 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • William A. Christian
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  1. 1.Timothy Dwight CollegeYale UniversityUSA

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