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Learned IgnoranceIntellectual Humility among Jews, Christians and Muslims$
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James L. Heft, Reuven Firestone, and Omid Safi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769308

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199769308.001.0001

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Apology, Regret, and Intellectual Humility

Apology, Regret, and Intellectual Humility

An Interreligious Consideration

(p.210) 11 Apology, Regret, and Intellectual Humility
Learned Ignorance

Michael B. McGarry

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines a particularly illuminating case with regard to interreligious relations and apology: the exchange between some Muslims and the Vatican in response to Pope Benedict XVI's lecture to the faculty at the University of Regensburg in late summer 2006. It reflects on the place and meaning of apology, intellectual humility, and interreligious relations by examining both the general “nonapologies” of Pope John Paul II and the specific “nonapologies” of Pope Benedict XVI. Reflecting on and analyzing these cases, it concludes with a suggestion about the place of apology in an intellectually humble interreligious encounter.

Keywords:   interreligious relations, interreligious apology, Muslims, Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI, intellectual humility, Pope John Paul II

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