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Dialogues and Conflicts among Religious People

Addressing the Relevance of Interreligious Dialogue to the Common Public

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Kizito Chinedu Nweke

Dialogues and conflicts have become related topics. With all the resources, academic, financial and religious, interreligious dialogue is yet to achieve the expectations of peace among religious people. Searching through the works of many thinkers, from Plato, Rousseau, Buber and Bohm through de Chardin, von Balthasar, Rahner and Daniélou to Tracy, Jeanrond and Moyaert, this study discovers the missing link between interreligious dialogues and its practicability in the public, and proffers solutions.

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A critical evaluation of this work would expose two perspectives of the problem of dialogue and conflict among people and religions. Firstly, a depressing conclusion that either God has assumed a deistic approach to human relationship, hence leaving man to the whims of his realities, or there was no God in the first place who inspires religions in their multiplicities. Secondly, human efforts at addressing plurality as a problem and curbing the consequences from it have so far proven futile. To the first concern, considerable results have accrued from either of the conclusions. Most common of the results is atheism; most disturbing of this atheism is religious atheism, a form of systematic distillation of God from religion. This is more evident in the Christian Western world. When it is not an outright atheism, then one can discover a latent scepticism, mostly shrouded in intellectualism and academicism. Some theologians accuse the diversity of religions of this problem.

Some, indeed, put the fact of religious diversity in the same category as the vexed problem of evil, seeing it as a challenge to religious faith. It may seem difficult to explain why God allows suffering and evil, but to many it may seem just as difficult to understand what any God, who wishes a worshipful response from humans, should make it so difficult to believe by providing so many competing faiths.130

It is a religious challenge already that the consideration of religious differences could be rationalised and...

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