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  1. See http://www.arshabodha.org/ (last accessed July 20, 2014).
  2. Founder and President of Infinity Foundation. For details, see http://infinityfoundation.com/index.shtml (last accessed July 11, 2014).
  3. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (National Patriotic Organization) is a Hindu charitable, voluntary, right-wing nationalist group. The organization’s chief (or Sarsanghachalak) from 2000 to 2009 was K. S. Sudarshan, who was an outspoken critic of Christianity.
  4. At the initiative of the National Commission of Minorities (of the Government of India), several rounds of talks between the RSS and Indian Christian leaders were organized between 2001 and 2003. The session where I participated as a Christian representative was held at the United Theological College’s campus in Bangalore on March 22, 2002.
  5. See William Adolf Visser ‘t Hooft, “The Genesis of the World Council of Churches,” in A History of the Ecumenical Movement, 1517–1948, ed. Ruth Rouse and Stephen C. Neill, 4th ed. (Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1993), 698-708.
  6. As David Bosch has rightly substituted “pluralism” with “relativism.” David J. Bosch, Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1991), 481-83.
  7. For instance, Paul Knitter insisted that “Dialogue must be based on the recognition of the possible truth in all religions.” No Other Names? A Critical Survey of Christian Attitudes Toward the World Religions (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1988), 208.
  8. See my “Missiology in a Pluralistic World: The Place of Mission Study in Theological Education,” International Review of Mission 89, no. 355 (October 2000): 539-55.
  9. Paul F. Knitter, “Preface” to The Myth of Christian Uniqueness: Towards Pluralistic Theology of Religions, ed. John Hick and Paul F. Knitter (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1987), viii.
  10. Bosch, 489.