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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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Catholic Theology vis-à-vis Religions and Dialogue Fifty Years after Vatican II

Catholic Theology vis-à-vis Religions and Dialogue Fifty Years after Vatican II

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(p.81) 5 Catholic Theology vis-à-vis Religions and Dialogue Fifty Years after Vatican II
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The Past, Present, and Future of Theologies of Interreligious Dialogue
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Ilaria Morali

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198792345.003.0006

The object of theology has traditionally been understood to consist of divine revelation that has been given with a view to the salvation of every human being. From a conceptual perspective, then, the notion of a “theology” of religions constitutes a novelty. In contrast to other terms that come directly from revelation, the term, religion, was not initially a part of Christian theological parlance. The term was drawn from pagan antiquity, but within Christianity, its content was transformed. The chapter raises the question of the compatibility of some new criteria in theology of religions with the nature and goals of theology, as well with traditional doctrinal claims, while highlighting the increasing difficulty of distinguishing theology of religions from religious studies.

Keywords:   theology, methodology, religious studies, religion, doctrine, dialogue, otherness

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