Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue: Religious Thinkers Engage with Recent Papal Initiatives

Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue: Religious Thinkers Engage with Recent Papal Initiatives

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This book engages thinkers from different religious and humanist traditions in response to Pope Francis’s pronouncements on interreligious dialogue. The contributors write from the perspectives of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Humanism. Each author elaborates on how the pope’s openness to dialogue and invitation to practical collaboration on global concerns represents a significant achievement as the world faces an uncertain future. The theological tension within the Catholic double commitment to evangelization on the one hand, and dialogue on the other, remains unresolved for most writers, but this does not prevent them from praising the strong invitation to dialogue–especially with the focus on justice, peace, and ecological sustainability.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783030071431
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Publication date: 12/20/2018
Series: Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2018
Pages: 348
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

Harold Kasimow is the George Drake Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Grinnell College, USA.

Alan Race is an Anglican priest-theologian. He is currently Chair of the World Congress of Faiths, and Editor of its journal Interreligious Insight.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

PART ONE: In His Own Words

2. In His Own Words

PART TWO: Seven Traditions Respond

3. “The Church Also Is Enriched When She Receives the Values of Judaism”: Shared Faith Responses to Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue

4. On Donkey Drivers, Interreligious Dialogue, and Shared Tasks: A Jewish Response to Pope Francis on Interreligious Relations and Collaboration

5. Is Pope Francis an Anonymous Feminist?

6. Is the Pope Catholic? A Question of Identity in Pope Francis’s Practical Theology of Interreligious Dialogue

7. Pope Francis’s Compassion

8. Pope Francis, Islam, and Dialogue

9. Cautious Hope: Hindu Reflections on Pope Francis

10. Do We Have a Religious Need for Each Other? Pope Francis and Interreligious Dialogue

11. A Sikh in Dialogue with Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium

12. Let’s Get Off Our Cell Phones and Hear a Sikh Maxim from Pope Francis

13. Toward Dialogue with Pope Francis: A Japanese Buddhist Perspective

14. What Do We Share? A Secular-Humanist Response

PART THREE: Reflection and Final Assessment

14. Be Friends and Help the World: The Contributions of Pope Francis to Interreligious and Secular Relations

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Like the eponymous Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis transcends the boundaries of his tradition, stirring the imagination of people of all faiths and of no faith. These engaging essays, showcasing the most rigorous reflections on the joy and challenge of dialogue today, point to the promise of the first south American pope’s unprecedented commitment to global justice, creation care, and ecclesiastical transparency. They also forcefully remind us that true dialogue demands respectful acknowledgement of difference. No mere rehearsal of shopworn platitudes or wishful thinking, this book takes the daring next step in the unscripted journey of interreligious collaboration.” (Peter A. Huff, author of The Voice of Vatican II)

“This richly stimulating volume is a worthy response to Pope Francis’s invitation, extended to all of us, to join him on the path of interfaith solidarity. The authors, representing different religious traditions, demonstrate their deep appreciation for the pope’s expansive heart and his prophetic stance toward the most vulnerable among us, by showing how their own traditions parallel and reinforce his living example of Imitatio Christi. For anyone seeking resources for fostering interreligious engagement in a world plagued by estrangement and hostility, this anthology provides both inspiration and practical wisdom.” (Yehezkel Landau, interfaith educator, peacebuilder, and author )

“This is a remarkable collection of essays by authors from a diverse range of traditions – theologically nuanced and scholarly yet also deeply personal, at times candidly ambivalent or critical but with insight and profound appreciation for the Pope’s vision of interreligious dialogue. The book is a must-read for anyone interested in Pope Francis and relations between the world’s faiths.” (Kusumita Pedersen, Professor Emerita of Religious Studies, St. Francis College, USA)

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