history, comparative religion has enjoyed an uncertain,
sometimes hostile, relationship with Christian theology. Eric J.
Sharpe chronicles this hazardous interaction up to the present
day, explaining the varying emphases of those Christians who
sought to understand other religions in order to more
effectively displace them, those who considered that something
might be gained for Christianity by absorbing non-Christian
insights, those who hoped for a new world religion to emerge
from discussions between numerous religions, and those
rationalists who sought to diminish respect for religion by
analyzing its origins and development.
"Sharpe has read
broadly and synthesized information judiciously. . . . This is a
good, lively, and useful book." —Religious Studies Review