Translated from German into English
God Beyond Boundaries
A Christian and Pluralist Theology of Religions
2017, 482 pages, paperback, 59,00 €, ISBN 978-3-8309-3739-5
Comprehensive in scope, trenchantly argued and refreshingly clear in presentation, this book marks Perry Schmidt-Leukel out as the leading exponent of the pluralist position in the highly contested Christian theology of religions discussion. God Beyond Boundaries is set to become a classic in its field.
Schmidt-Leukel argues cogently for a theology that is both pluralist and Christian. He does not ask Christians to betray their experience of God or the cornerstones of their faith but invites us to recognize that these are compatible with experiences of the transcendent within other religions and so affirm that more than one religion can mediate the salvific. It should be compulsory reading for anyone who would deny that religious pluralism can be a Christian position.
What John Hick did back in the 80s with his monumental An Interpretation of Religion, Perry Schmidt-Leukel carries forward in this equally monumental apologia for a pluralistic understanding of religious diversity. He not only shows the philosophical and theological consistency of the pluralist model but also clearly lays out its fruitfulness in the Christian dialogue with Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Within the broad and often strident conversation about interreligious relations, Schmidt-Leukel’s case for pluralism will be engaging, if not compelling.
The translation of the book [...] is exceptionally well done, especially considering the complexity of the subject. [...] God Beyond Boundaries is bound to become one of the classic texts in field that will be in the forefront of theological investigation and development for decades to come.
William Skudlarek auf Dialogue at the Level of Religious Experience