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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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Acknowledgments

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Providence has favoured me immensely, and this work is yet another testimony of it. Within the corners of mistakes, failures and discouragements, there has always been a better provision to console my humble sincere efforts. I, therefore, express my innermost gratitude to the one, who silently but steadfastly has piloted my life away from hopeless swirls of misfortune to success: Jesus Christ.

I am grateful to my moderator Prof. Dr. Chibueze C. Udeani, who has been a challenging and supportive academic companion throughout the three year journey. I remain grateful too to Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Klausnitzer with whom I have had a long academic enrichment, for accepting to be the Zweitgutachter.

To my departed bishop, Most. Rev. Dr. Vincent Valentine Ezeonyia who was not physically long enough here on earth to see the fruits of his kindness, I would remain ever grateful. You saw in me what I was not able to see; you trusted it and provided me with the opportunity to develop it. Thank you! I would equally like to show my gratitude to Archbishop Fortunatus Nwachukwu, the Apostolic Nuncio in Nicaragua, for his brotherly pieces of advice and moral support.

I am thankful too for my parents, for disposing my mind to the path which I chose. To my brothers and sisters who have been more than just a family to me, I say thank you. I thank my academic colleagues too. Through your criticisms of my work, you...

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