Collationes: Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Theologie en Pastoraal vol:43 issue:4 pages:429-448
Attempts to categorise theology of religions are subject to ideological criticism. Although we consider the threefold typology (exclusivism-inclusivism-pluralism) to still hold heuristic value, it suffers greatly from a rhetorical and polemical tendentiousness. Most of the alternatives that have been suggested, however, suffer from the same disease.
Each overview of the field of theology of religions contains already in itself a certain theology of religions, an evaluation of the different positions. When one tries to postpone such an evaluation, as comparative theology tries to do, the result is not a moratorium on theology of religions. Rather, a crucial and disputed presupposition is
smuggled into the conversation. We show that this muzzles the voice of at least some Christian sub-traditions. This is hardly the hoped for result from a branch of theology
that tries to foster both emic and etic understandings of specific traditions.