A comparison on how exclusivity and plurality may help an individual in

Acomparisonon how exclusivity and plurality may help an individual in the questan ultimate meaning of humanity and GodPluralityin philosophical terms means the ‘doctrine of multiplicity.’Pluralism is the belief that all religions are true, equal and valid.The popular view is that all religions lead to God and all have thesame source. To this end, all world religions are true and havesimilar communication of truth about God, the world and salvation.According to pluralism, Christianity is not one but among the variousreligions in the world(Gilkey 40).Pluralism argues that Christianity is not the absolute, unique andthe final way to God. However, there exists great difference amongthe various religions about the finality of religion. God is thecenter of all religions and Christianity is not the center of allreligions as postulated by Christians. According to the pluralists,God message appeared distinctly to particular groups and in differentforms than those of others (Gilkey40).Exclusivism,on the other hand, holds that Christianity is the finality throughfaith in Jesus Christ. Unlike the Pluralist, exclusivism regard otherreligions as false and that there are no salvation in thenon-Christian religions. In addition, unlike the pluralist who viewother religions as true, based on the Aristotelian truth doctrine,exclusivists argues that other religions are false and invalid sinceChristianity is the only religion that is true (Gilkey40).Pluralist hold that Christ is not the finality of religion and thatGod is the Supreme being in all religion. In contrast, exclusivistssee salvation through Christ as the finality and truth of allreligions. Unlike the Pluralist whose understanding of all religionsis based on the acknowledgement that God is the center of allreligions, the exclusivists believe that the bible and faith inChrist as the source of all religious knowledge (Gilkey40).To this end, the exclusivists regard non-Christians as evil andenemies of true religion. True religion is achieved when one believesin the biblical teachings and salvation through Christ this is wherethe exclusiveness of true religion.Theconcept of plurality and exclusivism has great variation on theunderstanding of humanity. Pluralism views humanity as theintegration of diverse population each with its unique aspects(Gilkey40).Based on the plurality of religions, all humanity are equal asportrayed through their beliefs in different religions. In this case,pluralism does not view humans as divided over who is righteous ofnot as portrayed by exclusivists. Exclusivists view humanity asdisintegrated and that only the righteous or saved Christians willinherit the Kingdom of God (Corneyand Kevin 132). In this case, exclusivists view non-believers as evilbeings who will face the wrath of God in hell. Pluralist believe thatthe divergent religious views and faith are justified based on thetenets of liberty to tolerance. However, exclusivists do not believethat divergent views and faith in religion are justified those withvarying religious faith are regarded as evil and demonic (Corneyand Kevin 112).Thedifference between the exclusivists and the pluralists views onhumanity and God indicates differing opinions that neither capturesthe whole picture about God. One similarity between exclusivism andpluralism is that they all acknowledge the existence of a supremeGod. Also, both the exclusive and pluralist view humanity as creationof the supreme God and that all humans are subject to God. However,while pluralist see the diversity of religions as an equality aspectfrom God exclusivists view the different religious views as opposedto the true religion. In short, pluralist see all people as equalbeings before God but exclusivist view non-believers as evil and notequal to believers.ReferencesCorney,Peter,and Kevin Giles. Exclusivismand the Gospel.Kew, Vic: St. Hilary`s Anglican Church, 1997.Print.Gilkey,&quotPlurality and Its Theological Implications&quot, in TheMyth of Christian Uniqueness: Toward a Pluralistic Theology ofReligions(edited by JohnHick),p. 40