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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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Towards an Incarnational Hermeneutics of Interreligious Dialogue

Towards an Incarnational Hermeneutics of Interreligious Dialogue

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(p.17) 1 Towards an Incarnational Hermeneutics of Interreligious Dialogue
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The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue
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Terrence Merrigan

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792345.003.0002

Drawing especially upon the work of John Henry Newman and Paul Tillich, this chapter proposes that a theology of interreligious dialogue which takes its lead from the doctrine of the incarnation would allow Christian participants in dialogue to do (more) justice to the particularities of their own tradition, as well as to the varieties of “lived religion” which are characteristic of the religious “other.” Such a theology, rooted in the Church’s own experience of the “Word made flesh,” is able, at least in principle, to take other religions seriously, in their very materiality, as both questions to us and responses to the God for whom, in Newman’s words, “the visible world is the instrument, yet the veil, of the world invisible.”

Keywords:   incarnation, doctrine, sacramental principle, mediation, salvation, revelation, moral and spiritual goods, Protestant principle

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