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Du syncrétisme en religion : un enjeu indispensable pour penser la tension entre dialogue et conversion
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Systematic Theology and Studies in World Views.
2015 (French)In: À l’écoute de l’autre: Penser l’altérité au cœur du dialogue inter-religieux / [ed] Anne-Sophie Vivier-Muresan & Henri de la Hougue, Paris: Desclée de Brouwer , 2015, 145-164 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Christian theology is in favour of interreligious dialogue without proselytism. At the same time, all religious institutions do seem to have a drive to convert those who are not already inside. Hence there is a tension. Redefine the terms seems insufficient to me. The question to deal with is rather when, how, and why is conversion allowed or even praised even though the character of dialogue without efforts to convert is respected. It has to do with our understanding of religion. A widespread and commonly held understanding of religion as stable and isolated entities with believers who are profoundly marked by their belonging, is a view that can and must be questioned if one looks into how religion functions and what people actually do when they live their religion. Once this is seen, a new perspective on dialogue and on conversion is possible, and thus also a new perspective on the relationship between the two.

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Paris: Desclée de Brouwer , 2015. 145-164 p.
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Philosophy of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-281163ISBN: 978-2-220-07597-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-281163DiVA: diva2:913118
Available from: 2016-03-19 Created: 2016-03-19 Last updated: 2016-05-06

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