Multiculturalism and Religious Diversity: A Christian Perspective

Andrew J. Dell'Olio


This essay locates in multiculturalism the moral imperative to recognize the worth of the other, an imperative, it is suggested, which forms part of the Christian ethos. Since the recognition of other cultures requires the recognition of the religions of other cultures, the issue of religious diversity is explored. After rejecting religious exclusivism as incompatible with the Christian "morality of recognition," and also rejecting religious pluralism as incompatible with the Christian belief in the absolute truth as revealed in Christ, Andrew J. Dell'Olio argues that Christian inclusivism constitutes the proper stance the Christian is to take with regard to other religions. Mr. Dell'Olio teaches philosophy at Hope College.

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