A Theology of Religions
by Carl E. Braaten
Adolf von Harnack said, “Whoever does not know this religion (Christianity), knows none, and whoever knows this one with its history, knows all.” In sharp contrast Max Müller stated, “Whoever knows one religion, knows none.”
Recently Christian theology and the scientific study of the religions have met as long lost relatives. At the beginning the meeting feels somewhat awkward. They don’t know just what to say to each other. They have learned to speak such different languages and they function in very different contexts. Some of us have spent the major part of our lives trying to understand one religion faithfully and we do this as a matter of personal conviction. Others have crossed o . . .
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