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About the Author
Philip Graham Ryken (D.Phil., University of Oxford) is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Formerly, he served as senior minister of Philadelphia’s historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. He has written or edited more than 40 books, including the popular title Loving the Way Jesus Loves, and has lectured and preached at universities and seminaries worldwide.
Our culture is a culture that values pluralism and tolerance. Christianity, however, claims that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. What are we to make of that? In this short book, Philip Graham Ryken explains the culture’s perspective on pluralism, the teachings of Christianity, and how it responds to pluralism.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Problem with Christians
Chapter 2 Three Kinds of Pluralism
Chapter 3 When Pluralism Comes to Church
Chapter 4 Christianity for a Pluralistic Age
Chapter 5 Why Jesus Is the Only Way
Chapter 1: The Problem with Christians
Christians have a problem—they insist that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation in a day when the larger cultural milieu stresses tolerance. This perspective poses a challenge for many people. Historically, this has been a problem. In Rome, the emperor wanted Christians to worship him. Christians, however, refused, and many lost their lives as a result. For the last 2,000 years, this point has been a stumbling block for many people. Christianity’s insistence on an “all or nothing” approach to Christ has even offended many. Therefore, if Christians plan to hold onto this position, they have some explaining to do. The purpose of this book, then, is to make the case for the exclusivity of Jesus. . . .[To continue reading this summary, please see below....]
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IS JESUS THE ONLY WAY?, by Philip Graham Ryken