September 12, 2008

Weekly Round-Up: Prosperity Gospel in Africa, Religious Pluralism--Pro and Con

Here's this week's round-up:

1) Michael Njuguna, "Preachers hit out at prosperity gospel" in the Daily Nation newspaper (Kenya). Here is a news report on African pastors coming together to counter the false prosperity gospel.

2) Jaffer Senganda, "We should promote religious pluralism" in the New Vision newspaper (Uganda). A Ugandan Muslim arguing for religious pluralism? Yes--according to him we should reconcile our religious teachings so that conflicts can be prevented. While I completely agree with his desire to overcome religious persecution, his solution would force us to compromise our faith.

3) Harold Netland, "One Lord and Savior for All? Jesus Christ and Religious Diversity" (in PDF format) on the Carl F.H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding web site. Netland is one of the best evangelical scholars out there dealing with the theology of religions, and this paper refutes religious pluralism by showing the uniqueness and supremacy of Christ. I may disagree with Netland regarding those who have never heard the gospel (you can listen to my recent sermon on this question), but his article is still very helpful.