Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 22 April 2021

Abstract and Keywords

Traditional Christianity makes some radical claims about God and creation. The God of Christianity is not a god of some finite region who has limited power and knowledge but the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent creator of all. Moreover, the redeemer in Christianity is not simply an inspired prophet or priest; rather, Jesus Christ is believed to be the unique incarnation of God. Persons are to find salvation by dying to selfish and sinful life and by being united with Jesus Christ, whose birth, life, suffering, death, and resurrection bring about an atonement (or at-onement) with God. In light of these extraordinary claims, the question arises as to whether the existence of diverse, alternative religions, as well as the existence of diverse secular cultures, is a problem. It might be thought that diversity is not at all surprising given the history of the Judaism from which Christianity emerged. This article examines religious diversity from a Christian perspective, universal creation and redemption, and Christian alternatives to diversity.

Keywords: Christianity, creation, redemption, religious diversity, God, Jesus Christ, salvation, religions, Judaism

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.