I am currently working my way through C.S. Lewis’ ‘Chronicles of Narnia’, so it is quite appropriate that I have come across something interesting regarding religious pluralism. I found it at the very beginning of Chapter Four in Philip Yancey’s ‘What’s so amazing about Grace’. He writes this:
“During a British conference on comparative religions, experts from around the world debated what, if any, belief was unique to the Christian faith. They began eliminating possibilities. Incarnation? Other religions had different versions of gods appearing in human form. Resurrection? Again, other religions had accounts of return from death. The debate went on for some time until C.S. Lewis wandered into the room. “What’s the rumpous about?” he asked, and heard in reply that his colleagues were discussing Christianity’s unique contribution among world religions. Lewis responded, “Oh, that’s easy. It’s grace.”
“After some discussion, the conference had to agree. The notion of God’s love coming to us free of charge, no strings attached, seems to go against every instinct of humanity. The Buddhist eight-fold path, the Hindu doctrine of karma, the Jewish covenant, and Muslim code of law – each of these offers a way to earn approval. Only Christianity dares to make God’s love unconditional.
By the way, I’m on the 5th book by Lewis…. ‘The Voyage of the Dawntreader’.