Strangers or co-pilgrims? : the impact of interfaith dialogue on Christian faith and practice / S. Wesley Ariarajah.

By: Ariarajah, S. Wesley [author.]
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Minneapolis : Fortress Press, ©2017Description: xv, 250 pages ; 23 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781506433677; 1506433677Subject(s): Christianity and other religions | Religious pluralismDDC classification: 253 LOC classification: BL85 | .A752 2017
Contents:
Part I. The theory and practice of interfaith dialogue -- 1. Dialogue of life -- 2. Who is the 'religious other' to me? -- Part II. Dialogue and scriptures -- 3. The role of sacred texts in religious traditions -- 4. Interpreting John 14:6 in a religiously plural society, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" -- Part III. Dialogue and theology -- 5. Toward a theology of dialogue -- 6. Wider ecumenism: a promise or a threat? -- Part IV. Dialogue and mission -- 7. Mission impossible?: toward a credible mission for our day -- 8. Rethinking Christian witness in our day -- Part V. Dialogue and religions -- 9. Jewish-Christian dialogue: toward a fourth phase in Jewish-Christian relations: an Asian perspective -- 10. Muslim-Christian dialogue: "What is it between Christians and Muslims?" -- 11. Buddhist-Christian dialogue: in search of common grounds -- 12. Hindu-Christian dialogue: "apples and oranges" -- Part VI. Three relevant issues to interfaith relations -- 13. Conversion and religious freedom -- 14. Religion and violence -- 15. Religion and reconciliation.
Summary: This book argues that interfaith dialogue begins with the basic goal of improving Christian relationships with people of other religious traditions. But gradually we become aware that this new ministry, when taken seriously, presents many new challenges. We are forced to reexamine our approach to religious plurality, to the Bible, and to our understanding of Christian missions and our theology of religions.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Part I. The theory and practice of interfaith dialogue -- 1. Dialogue of life -- 2. Who is the 'religious other' to me? -- Part II. Dialogue and scriptures -- 3. The role of sacred texts in religious traditions -- 4. Interpreting John 14:6 in a religiously plural society, "I am the way, the truth, and the life" -- Part III. Dialogue and theology -- 5. Toward a theology of dialogue -- 6. Wider ecumenism: a promise or a threat? -- Part IV. Dialogue and mission -- 7. Mission impossible?: toward a credible mission for our day -- 8. Rethinking Christian witness in our day -- Part V. Dialogue and religions -- 9. Jewish-Christian dialogue: toward a fourth phase in Jewish-Christian relations: an Asian perspective -- 10. Muslim-Christian dialogue: "What is it between Christians and Muslims?" -- 11. Buddhist-Christian dialogue: in search of common grounds -- 12. Hindu-Christian dialogue: "apples and oranges" -- Part VI. Three relevant issues to interfaith relations -- 13. Conversion and religious freedom -- 14. Religion and violence -- 15. Religion and reconciliation.

This book argues that interfaith dialogue begins with the basic goal of improving Christian relationships with people of other religious traditions. But gradually we become aware that this new ministry, when taken seriously, presents many new challenges. We are forced to reexamine our approach to religious plurality, to the Bible, and to our understanding of Christian missions and our theology of religions.

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