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Title: 'A Firm and Generous Faith': A Critical Analysis of the Inter-Faith Understanding of the Methodist Church in Ireland
Author: Skuce, S. F.
Awarding Body: Queens -Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2008
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This dissertation analyses the inter-faith understanding of the Methodist Church in Ireland. Evidence is cited from Ireland's general history and particular inter-faith organisations that points to a largely positive Irish inter-faith experience. Against this background the particular understanding and involvement of the Methodist Church in Ireland is considered and this study demonstrates that the theology and practice ?f the Irish Methodist Church has been, overall, to discourage inter-faith encounter and reflection. Yet within the limited contact and reflection it has been possible to isolate four main themes that constitute an Irish Methodist perspective: 1 There is a widespread belief that God is at work among non-Christians but salvation is only in Christ 2 There has been limited critical reflection on inter-faith issues and most responses have been pragmatic 3 No significant inter-faith initiatives or risks have been taken 4 Irish Methodist inter-faith attitudes have changed little over the years This understanding is critiqued by the inter-faith perspectives of six Irish denominations and Methodist churches in UK, USA, Sri Lanka and Nigeria. From this, a number of implications from the Irish Methodist position are analysed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Queens -Belfast, 2008 Qualification Level: Doctoral
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