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Exclusivism, tolerance and interreligious dialogue
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology. religionsfilosofi.
2006 (English)In: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, Vol. 16, no 1, 100-114 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The exclusivist stance towards other religions (or worldviews) endorsed by many religious activists is one of the main factors which cause the religious violence and conflicts we can see in the world today. The strategy adopted by many scholars of religion is therefore to argue against exclusivism as a rational position to adopt. In this article I propose a different and hopefully more effective strategy. The basic idea is that we as scholars of religion should analyze what resources there are within exclusivism itself to deal with religious violence, to support tolerance and even to learn something from the religious other. If such resources exist, there is then a greater chance of persuading religious leaders within the exclusivist camp to adopt more peaceful and non-confrontational views than there is of transforming them into inclusivists or pluralists.

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2006. Vol. 16, no 1, 100-114 p.
Keyword [en]
exclusivism, interreligious dialogue, pluralism, tolerance
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Philosophy of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-83614OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-83614DiVA: diva2:111522
Available from: 2006-11-07 Created: 2006-11-07 Last updated: 2013-04-22

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