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The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue$
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Terrence Merrigan and John Friday

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198792345

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792345.001.0001

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Rethinking Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue

(p.1) Introduction
The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue

Terrence Merrigan

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects on the many and varied challenges facing the theology of interreligious dialogue, and provides a structure within which these challenges and the responses proposed by leading theologians are made comprehensible. What is at stake in the contemporary debate about the nature and goals of the theology of interreligious dialogue relates to the ‘triple axis’ that is at the heart of any and all theological reflection, namely, “tradition,” “experience,” and the “encounter with otherness.” This chapter reflects on the fashion in which each contributor to this volume seeks to draw lessons from the past, with a view to addressing the needs arising out of the present, and charting a course for the future of interreligious encounter.

Keywords:   interreligious dialogue, doctrine, tradition, particularity, pluralism, religious experience, otherness, postmodernism, theology of religions, theology of interreligious dialogue

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