Encountering Other Faiths

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Paulist Press, 2007 - Religion - 112 pages
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Encountering other faiths is an examination of the imperative of interreligious dialogue within the world and within the United States: an introduction for both individuals and study-groups to this exciting and necessary enterprise in its several modalities. For religions within the growingly pluralistic world of the twenty-first century, this is indeed a kairos moment. It is critical for the future to come to know people of different backgrounds, become familiar with their worldviews, and enter into mutual relations with them as seekers of a just social order. This book supports the development of skills in the practice of interreligious discourse, and gives practical counsel on how to encourage interreligious dialogue in its nascent stages. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

Interreligious Dialogue in Global and American Society
1
The United States and the Relevance and Imperative of Interreligious Dialogue
10
Imperative of Grassroots Commitment and Involvement
16
Outcomes of Grassroots Involvement in Interreligious Dialogue
21
Interreligious Dialogue
23
Ground Rules of Interreligious Dialogue
24
Modalities of Interreligious Dialogue
26
Introduction to Common Ground
30
Planning for an Introduction to Encountering Other Faiths
70
Basic Assumptions
72
Basic Principles
73
Applications
76
Encountering Other Faiths
78
Gathering in Faith
80
Assessing Our Encounters with People of Other Faiths
83
Exploring Religious Diversity within Our Locale
85

Major Themes of Exploration
33
DeepDialogue
36
Identifying a Process for Initiating Interreligious Dialogue at the Grassroots
39
Addressing a Lack in Adult Education Literature Regarding the Process of Engaging Religious Difference
40
Grounding of the Process of Engaging in Interreligious Dialogue
42
Theoretical Underpinnings to a Creative Exposure to Interreligious Dialogue
45
Relating Bennetts Schema to the Process of Introduction to Interreligious Dialogue
52
Fowlers Stages of Faith and Interreligious Dialogue
54
Stages of Interreligious Dialogue
59
Interrelating Three Models of Transformation
64
Educational Insight into Adult Pedagogy and Personal Transformation
66
Treasuring Our Faith Heritage
87
Engaging in Dialogue with People of Another Faith
89
Exploring Common Ground with People of Other Faiths
91
Learning from Our Experiences of Deepening Faith
93
Responding to Our Call to Interreligious Dialogue
96
Envisioning a New World Reality Deepening Kinship Collaborating for the Common Good
99
Concluding Thoughts
101
A New Beginning
102
Notes
105
Bibliography
109
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