“Post-Pluralism through the Lens of Post-Modernity” by Aimee Upjohn Light, Duquesne University


This article briefly describes the state of Christian theology of religions and inter-religious dialogue, arguing that Jacques Dupuis’s and S. Mark Heim’s Trinitarian approaches would benefit greatly from inhabiting the self-consciousness generated by post-modernity. In particular, understanding absolute claims as constructed within discourse gives rise to humility–surely the best attitude for dialogue with the religious other. In the wake of pluralism’s incoherence, what we need to do is not merely give our inclusivisms a new twist, but re-frame them within post-modernity’s refusal to think in dual categories. When we overcome what seems to be our natural tendency to think in terms of either/or, presence/absence, and value/devalued, we become open to the experience of the religious other on her own terms. She then becomes not other, but neighbor.

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6 Responses to ““Post-Pluralism through the Lens of Post-Modernity” by Aimee Upjohn Light, Duquesne University”

  1. Josh Stanton says:

    Can absolute truth claims really be dismissed as “constructed”?

    • CStoneham says:

      This assumes there are such things as “absolute” truths. It is a problematic assumption at best.

  2. Phillpe Copeland says:

    I really appreciated the concept of “post-pluralism” and look forward to pondering its implications for the psychology of religion applied to social work.

    You’ve given me some things to think about.

    • Editor says:

      What are the possible applications of Dr. Light’s article to the psychology of religion?

  3. KeHoeff says:

    hey this is a very interesting article!

  4. Peter Frank Womack says:

    Peace, Friends.

    Is it Truly possible to elevate past inclusivism? Is it not True that an absolute Truth exists?

    Even the author presumes that accepting the other as one’s neighbour is a goal. From where is that derived? Could it not be True that this absolute Truth is evidenced within the teachings for understanding and compassion in all the World’s religions?

    Could post-pluralism be understood as “enlightened” pluralism or actually, “genuine pluralism”?

    Just some thoughts.


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