Dialogue as a Means of Religious Co-Production: Historical Perspectives

Heyden, Katharina (2022). Dialogue as a Means of Religious Co-Production: Historical Perspectives. Religions, 13(2), p. 150. MDPI 10.3390/rel13020150

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What does interreligious dialogue look like from different religious perspectives? What does it do? One way of answering these questions is by examining historical examples of “religious dialogue”. These illustrate first-hand the rhetoric of interreligious dialogue. This article examines three case studies: (1) from 2nd-century Rome, Justin Martyr’s Dialogue with Trypho; (2) from 12th-century Spain, the Kuzari by Judah Halevi the Jew alongside the Dialogus of Petrus Alfonsi, a Christian convert from Judaism (both discuss Islam); (3) from 18th-century Berlin, Moses Mendelssohn’s Jerusalem and Johann Caspar Lavater’s Nathanael. Each contextualized case-study reveals the creative, morally enigmatic tension between commitment to hearing the religious Other, the utility of the Other for demarcating one’s own religious identity, and the epistemological contradictions of religious systems. Borrowing Martin Buber’s insight that the Ich (the “I”) needs a Du (a “you”) to form itself but must transform that Du into a third person es (an “it”), this article shows how complicated a process religious co-production through dialogue is—one which is both morally problematic and ethically promising. Here, literary dialogues establish a general feature of interreligious dialogue: the requirements of self-construction, not just the need for peaceful coexistence, recommend the adoption of a strong dialogical tolerance.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Historical Theology
01 Faculty of Theology > Department of Protestant Theology [discontinued] > Institute of Church History [discontinued] > Early Church History and the History of Dogma [discontinued]

UniBE Contributor:

Heyden, Katharina

Subjects:

200 Religion > 210 Philosophy & theory of religion
200 Religion > 230 Christianity & Christian theology
200 Religion > 270 History of Christianity
200 Religion > 290 Other religions

ISSN:

2077-1444

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Katharina Heyden

Date Deposited:

11 Apr 2022 09:58

Last Modified:

17 Apr 2022 02:03

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/rel13020150

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/168602

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/168602

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