Pluralism, literally is a theory that there is more than one basic substance or principle. It refers to the condition of being multiple or plural. It is a condition in which numerous distinct ethnic, religious, or cultural groups are present and tolerated within a society.
It is a truism to say that the person of Jesus, what he did and said—and what was done to him and said about him—is at the center of what Christians bring to the mission field, whether it is in St. Louis or in Singapore, in Chicago or in Calcutta. When Christians do that, the question inevitably arises in some form or other from the receiver: “Why Jesus?
What do you witnesses for your Lord offer with this Jesus that is not already present in our current state of affairs without Jesus?”
The most succinct answer to that question—already from the New Testament times—was the one Greek word euaggelion. Rendered in English that is Good News. These two four-lettered English words are at the core of the answer to “Why Jesus?” With Jesus comes something Good and something New.
Exclusivism says: Jesus is the only savior. No other savior, no other religion, saves at all. There is only one way to the top of the mountain of salvation.
Inclusivism says: Jesus is the salvation in all its fullness; the salvation offered in other religions is not contrary but included in what Jesus brings. All the roads up the mountain are in some basic sense Jesus-ways. The way that calls him by name illuminates best what the other ways are all about.
Pluralism says: Jesus is one way up the mountain; there are many other ways going up there, and they get you to the top, too.
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