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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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Christianity and Religious Cosmopolitanism

Christianity and Religious Cosmopolitanism

(p.216) 13 Christianity and Religious Cosmopolitanism
The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue

Felix Wilfred

Oxford University Press

The chapter argues that all religions belong to the entirety of humankind. The well-being (salus) of humanity is the common mission of all religious traditions, and this realization calls for a re-conceptualization of religious identity in more dynamic terms, as well as the cultivation of religious cosmopolitanism (as opposed to syncretism and hybridity). Religious cosmopolitanism is the ensemble of moods, motivations, values and practices which allow a person to be at home with any religious tradition or group and to value its mystical, universalistic and humanizing potentials. To be fruitful, the notion of cosmopolitanism must be divested of the lingering elements of colonial epistemology which shaped its development in the West, and corrected by accounts of cosmopolitanism among peoples and civilizations in different parts of the world.

Keywords:   well-being (salus) of humanity, religious cosmopolitanism, reverse (incoming) universality, the mission of all religions, rootedness vs. detachment, multilayered identity

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