Virtue in Dialogue: Belief, Religious Diversity, and Women's Interreligious Encounter

Virtue in Dialogue: Belief, Religious Diversity, and Women's Interreligious Encounter

by Mara Brecht
     
 

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Religious diversity is a persistent theological predicament for Christian thinkers. Historically, theologians have wrestled with the relationship between believing Christians and religious others. The clash between the Christian doctrine of salvation and non-Christian belief systems often comes down to the question, can non-Christians be "saved"? In a

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Religious diversity is a persistent theological predicament for Christian thinkers. Historically, theologians have wrestled with the relationship between believing Christians and religious others. The clash between the Christian doctrine of salvation and non-Christian belief systems often comes down to the question, can non-Christians be "saved"? In a pluralist world, a second question arises: can believers of divergent traditions reconcile their theological differences? Is the logical answer that one believer abandon her faith convictions and promote a relativistic mindset?

This book draws upon original research, documenting conversations by women in an interreligious dialogue group, to show that when believers converse in honesty, empathy, and patience—in short, when engaged in virtuous dialogue—they can bridge the gap left by theory. When believers from different faiths come together in open conversation, it need not lead to relativism but, instead, can lead to strengthened belief. Sharing convictions with people who believe differently, sincere believers find they often come to hold their own core beliefs with newfound strength.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620323915
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
03/05/2014
Series:
Princeton Theological Monograph Series
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
8.90(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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