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Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue$
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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827879

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827879.001.0001

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A Response to James L. Fredericks

A Response to James L. Fredericks

(p.145) A Response to James L. Fredericks
Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue

Anselm Kyongsuk Min

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents comments on the previous chapter’s discussion. This chapter states and opinion that sharply disagrees with the opinion given in the previous chapter based on criticisms of the inclusive theology of religions but also on an understanding of the purpose of interreligious dialogue. The chapter explains that it is incorrect to measure the adequacy of a theology of religions in terms of how adequately it serves the practice of interreligious dialogue. This chapter states that Buddhists are at a distinct disadvantage in dialogue with Catholics because few Buddhists are schooled in Christian doctrine. Moreover, according to the chapter, Catholic Christianity has enjoyed great influence in the West while Buddhism has been challenged even in its own homeland. The great diversity of Buddhist traditions poses additional challenges to a dialogue with Catholicism. The chapter suggests several areas for dialogue, including the destruction of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center and shared karma.

Keywords:   Catholics, Buddhists, Catholicism, Buddhism, interreligious dialogue, inclusive theology of religions, Christianity

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