Oxford University Press publishes fifth book by Roanoke professor

Oxford University Press has released a new book co-authored by Dr. Gerald McDermott, Roanoke College's Jordan-Trexler Professor of Religion.

The book, "A Trinitarian Theology of Religions," is a systematic reflection on how Christians should think about other religions. 

McDermott co-wrote the book with Dr. Harold Netland, a professor of the Philosophy of Religion and Intercultural Studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

The book critiques and evaluates the last 40 years of Christians' treatment and debates about other religions and proposes a comprehensive direction for the future. It takes up numerous long-debated topics, such as contextualization, salvation, revelation, the relationship between culture and religion, conversion, social action and ecumenism.

It concludes with responses from four leading thinkers of African, Asian and European backgrounds.

"This evangelical proposal is lucid, timely, and astute," wrote Gavin D'Costa, a British Catholic theologian who reviewed the book. "It draws on a rich contemporary evangelical theological engagement with world religions. The authors also engage with the wider Christian debate, thus the proposal transcends denominational boundaries."

McDermott has taught religion at Roanoke College for 24 years.  This is his fifth book published by Oxford University Press.

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-Published May 19, 2014