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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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Chapter Five. The Imperative of Practicability: The Model of Mutual Enrichment and other Solutions

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Chapter Five The Imperative of Practicability: The Model of Mutual Enrichment and other Solutions

When one considers the tone with which chapter four closed, one might assume a resignation or scepticism over the betterment of interreligious relationships and its practicability. Ideologically, it appears more difficult to effect change when Christianity is not actually as decisive as it used to be, but rather must submit to secular pressures and criticisms. On the other hand, religious supremacy has brought her considerable harm. In the midst of these discomforts, the hope of a solution or solutions become almost imperative.

This last chapter went through theological theories, history, scriptures, etc. to present us with solutions. Modern theologians like Tracy, Jeanrond and Moyaert were implored in the theological suggestions. Exegetical supports were equally deployed. In a further search for solutions, notions of certain ideals were deeply analysed to discover in what ways they can be contributive towards the realisation of a practicable interreligious dialogue. Most importantly, however, are the structural solutions, especially the model of mutual enrichment, a product of this research work that is still being developed. The expectations in this chapter are to achieve a synthesis of interreligious dialogue and the public as interdependent sides of studies, and an effective suggestion to the practicability of interreligious dialogue in the public.

5.1    Success and Failures

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