Interfaith dialogue in the new religious America

In the decades since the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationalities Act, the United States has become significantly more religiously diverse. Thus, interreligious relations and interfaith dialogue have gained attention as part of our American reality. Beginning with my own experience, I outli...

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Published in:Review and expositor
Main Author: Eck, Diana
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2017]
In:Review and expositor
Year: 2017, Volume: 114, Issue: 1, Pages: 25-33
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:In the decades since the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationalities Act, the United States has become significantly more religiously diverse. Thus, interreligious relations and interfaith dialogue have gained attention as part of our American reality. Beginning with my own experience, I outline five kinds of interfaith dialogue. First, the dialogue of life is the ordinary give and take of relationships in the neighborhood, workplace, hospital, or town council. Second, there is the dialogue of learning—the intentional study of another culture and faith, involving the intellectual energy required to understand someone else, in this case someone of another faith. In many situations today, this is a mutual process of learning and understanding. Third, dialogue in community refers to the ways in which people engage with one another in shaping their community and society—a Habitat for Humanity project, a blood drive, or a city clean-up campaign. Fourth, there is philosophical and theological dialogue, in which people engage one another on the deepest and foundational issues of their faith. Finally, there is the dialogue within—reflection on what all this means for one’s own faith, recognizing that the diversity of spiritual voices and perspectives is not only “out there” in society, but in here, within ourselves.
ISSN:2052-9449
Contains:Enthalten in: Review and expositor
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1177/0034637316686079