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By Dr Michael Barnes S.J.

Taking the subject of studying as principal to the dependable perform of interfaith discussion, Michael Barnes discusses a Christian spirituality which builds on virtues of hospitality and the welcoming of alternative traditions, when retaining the significance of distinction and particularity within the look for which means. every one bankruptcy explores how religion grows as someone crosses a threshold into one other non secular global and learns sensitivity to echoes of the identified within the unknown. Encounters with the spiritual different, refracted via texts, conversations, artefacts and areas, are used to demonstrate the traditional Patristic topic of 'seeds of the Word'. Cumulatively they convey that religion which learns the best way to interact imaginatively with one other spiritual international always returns to the 'home' culture, reinvigorated in its appreciation of the opposite. This ebook contributes to present comparative theology reviews, utilizing a theological method of interreligious reports complementary to 1 in accordance with the event of interpersonal family members.

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26 They are, however, intensely pastoral and theological. 27 The direction of such authoritative statements is clear: grace is present in other religious traditions. 28 The subtitle of Dominus Iesus, ‘On the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Christ and the Church’, witnesses to a very Catholic principle: Christology and ecclesiology are all of a piece. However the relationship of Christianity and other religions is configured, we are talking about one mystery, a single mystery of God’s salvific action in the world.

In particular it questions the dichotomy implicit in much pluralist thought, between the tradition of Church teaching and the actual experience of dialogue. 22 Since the Council, official or magisterial teaching from the Catholic Church about other religions has been concerned with the implications of this question. 24 In focusing specifically on the topic of Christian mission and its relationship with the practice of dialogue, he goes so far as to extend the activity of the Spirit from individuals to culture and religions.

18–29. A more theological commentary in found in Gerald The middle of things 17 the christian imagination It is not surprising that this should be so. The ‘question of the other’ – the resistant voice that contests the move to mastery on the part of the same – cannot be domesticated by a theoretical system. Ironically, this point is never properly addressed by a normative pluralism, which prides itself on openness to the other. Being based on a type of philosophical universalism that, however benignly, would seek out common values and essences rather than allow for the highly complex ways in which people of faith seek to identify themselves, pluralism fails to take seriously the variety of religions and the differences between them.

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