In spite of two millennia of missionary activity we find only a tiny minority in the East is Christian, unlike in the West, and the chances of a better future are bleak.  Against this background, the author studies the theological thought of the Sri Lankan theologian, Aloysius Pieris.  Pieris with his unconventional point of departure (the situation of Asia), non-traditional terminology and original approach sees that Christianity does not exhaust the fulness of Christ who is found in all religions and this fullness (pleroma) will be revealed only at the end of time.  The magisterium of the Church, however, teaches that the full revelation of the salvific truth is given by Christ only to the church, which, through its missionary activity has to help people of other faiths which contain seeds of truth, to arrive at the full truth in her.

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