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David Ray Griffin, Editor A groundbreaking work, "Deep Religious Pluralism" is based on the conviction that the philosophy articulated by Alfred North Whitehead encourages not only religious diversity but deep religious pluralism.  In Part I, David Ray Griffin explains how the Whitehead-based religious pluralism of John Cobb avoids the problems in John Hick's type of pluralism, which have led many thinkers, such as Mark Heim, to reject pluralism as such. Griffin shows that Cobb has achieved precisely the ideal articulated in Heim's own Salvations ---a position that can see truth in the various traditions without neglecting their differences.

In Part II, Steve Odin and John Shunji Yokota extend Cobb's Buddhist-Christian dialogue.

In Part III, Sandra Lubarsky, Jeffery Long, Mustafa Ruzgar, Christopher Ives, Michael Lodahl, Chung-ying Cheng, and Wang Shik Jang employ Whiteheadian philosophy to develop, respectively, Jewish, Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, Evangelical Christian, Daoist-Confucian, and Asian Christian versions of deep religious pluralism.  In Part IV, John Cobb explains the main Whiteheadian assumptions on which his form of religious pluralism has been based.

Jay McDaniel, author of “Ghandi's Hope
“David Ray Griffin lays the theological foundations for deep pluralism with exceptional clarity; and other authors then show how his Whiteheadian thought helps them interpret their respective religious traditions. If peace in the world requires peace among religions, then this anthology is an important step toward such peace.”

David Tracy, author of “Dialogue with the Other”
"No Christian theologian has attended to the issue of religious pluralism---from his earliest work to the present---more than John Cobb. This book shows how deeply we are all in his debt."

David R. Loy, author of “A Buddhist History of the West”
“This state-of-the-art collection demonstrates how a Whitehead-based approach encourages more genuinely pluralistic forms of religious pluralism.”

John Berthrong, author of “The Divine Deli”
“Bookended between contributions by Griffin and Cobb is an exemplary set of essays that articulate the value, purpose, and range of reflections on religious pluralism, including major statements from Jewish, Islamic, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian and Daoist perspectives.”

Rabbi Michael Lerner , editor of Tikkun Magazine
“In a world torn by religious antagonism, strife, and crusades, David Ray Griffin's collection Deep Religious Pluralism offers a path of hope.

Catherine Keller , author of “Face of the Deep”
“A ripe and rigorous contribution to religious pluralism: this is a groundbreaking text, invaluable for advancing the conversation beyond fusion or fragmentation.”

Paul F. Knitter, author of “One Earth Many Religions”
“I found this book to be as unsettling as it was exciting. In its opening chapters, Griffin rehearses and strengthens current criticisms leveled against pluralist theologians; then he comes to their rescue by offering a new foundation that will assure a more authentic, or deeper, pluralistic understanding of religious differences.”

Clark Pinnock, author of “Most Moved Mover”
“As an evangelical, I welcome forms of religious pluralism that do not, as this book does not, undermine the distinctive truths of Christianity and whose pluralism thus does not end up in debilitating relativism.”

Owen Thomas, editor of “Attitudes Toward Other Religions”
“[A] very important clarification of the current discussion of religious plurality and a strong proposal for the next step in a theory of religious pluralism. The editor, David Ray Griffin, has done a superb job.

Adnan Aslan, author of “Religious Pluralism in Christian and Islamic Pluralism”
“A significant contribution to the process of shaping a deep understanding of the world religions.”

Kenneth Surin, author of “Theology and the Problem of Evil”
“This collection of essays, on the many complex issues associated with religious pluralism, engages widely and impressively with the tradition deriving from Alfred North Whitehead, one of the great modern philosophers.”

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David Ray Griffin is Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Theology, Emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of many books, including "Two Great Truths: A New Synthesis of Scientific Naturalism and Christian Faith"; "God, Power, and Evil: A Process Theodicy"; and (with John B. Cobb Jr.) "Process Theology: An Introductory Exposition.”

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