The ‘three pillars’ on which Dermot Lane bases his new book on the theology of religions are the teaching of Vatican II, the role of the Holy Spirit as the foundation for dialogue and a Christology which sees Jesus not as an obstacle but an inspiration to engagement with the other.
Isabel Smyth SND examines the origins of Nostra aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s decree on the Church and other faiths, and the enormous impact it had on inter-faith relations.
Michael Barnes SJ examines the themes in Meeting God in Friend and Stranger, which reminds us that whenever we embrace the ‘atmosphere of curiosity’ that stimulates interreligious exchanges, we are participating in the very dialogue that God initiated with humankind.
The lifting of the excommunication of Richard Williamson left many people confused about the Catholic Church’s relation to the Jewish people. John McDade explains the developments in the Church’s understanding of its relationship with Judaism since Vatican II. How can the recognition that the Church is linked to Israel at a level of identity help to enrich Christian-Jewish relations, and the Church’s mission?
What exactly is the aim of interreligious dialogue, and what hope does it offer? Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran argues that if we are realistic about our differences and can respect the beliefs of others without compromising our own faith, believers of different backgrounds can together help to prevent the world from turning its back on God.
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