The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue

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Terrence Merrigan, John Friday
  • Oxford, U.K.: 
    Oxford University Press
    , May
     280 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Alec Arnold forthcoming.


This book offers a critical and comprehensive analysis of theologies of interreligious dialogue, with a view to opening up new perspectives on the challenges posed by the many and varied encounters among the world’s religious traditions which our globalized age has made possible. The religious “others” are no longer exotic objects of reflection, but subjects with distinctive faces and voices who resist our religious and theological presuppositions and insist on providing their own accounts of themselves. The contributors to this volume seek to do justice to these “others” by means of a critical reappropriation of the Christian tradition of thought, worship, and practice. The authors plumb Christian doctrine to discern its potential for the promotion of new ways of understanding and valorizing the world’s religious traditions in their depth and complexity. They inquire into the possibilities for interreligious encounter that is rooted in a more profound appreciation of the cultic and devotional lives of the practitioners of other religions. They reflect critically and constructively on the Church’s checkered history of engagement with what was once regarded as “foreign” and perhaps even “fallen,” and they investigate the promise and pitfalls of our allegedly cosmopolitan age for interreligious exchange. In short, they interrogate the past, reflect critically on the present, and seek to anticipate the future of theologies of interreligious dialogue.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Terrence Merrigan is professor of systematic theology in the department of theology and religious studies at the University of Leuven.

John Friday is a postdoctoral researcher in theology and religious studies at the University of Leuven.


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