Towards a Theology of Religions

  • Glyn Richards


Religious pluralism has become a stock phrase and there have been a variety of approaches to what has been called the pluralistic situation of today. It is not at all clear in what way the religious pluralistic situation of today differs from the religious pluralistic situation of yesterday. The variety of religious experiences pertaining today shows no substantial increase on that of yesterday, but what has occurred during the last hundred years is a growth in awareness of religious pluralism. Reference is made, for example, to a ‘planetary culture’, by which in all probability is meant that the world has grown smaller as a result of improved communications, and that it is no longer possible for man to confine himself to the small island of his own culture and tradition and not recognise the significance of other cultures. Reference is also made to the ghetto mentality of those who attempt to work within the confines of their own religious traditions in isolation from the spiritual insights of other religious traditions. It might be argued that we can only work effectively within our own culture and that to talk of a ‘planetary culture’ really makes no sense.


Religious Belief Religious Tradition Religious Experience Christian Faith Natural Theology 
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© Glyn Richards 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Glyn Richards
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesUniversity of StirlingUK

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