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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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This work is foremost a research work. The research is for proper information on such a topical but bogus issue. It was impossible to confine a work of such depth and magnitude to one methodology. It was sometimes narrative, or evaluative, and other times comparative and prescriptive. Its research method was principally analytic. Particularly in its research aspect, documents, books, addresses, lectures and interviews were all analysed and incorporated to provide both a qualitative and quantitative work. Every method it applied was within the contextualisation of its effective presentation. The first chapter was very informative. It presented a wide range of dialogic understanding and dimensions. It was particularly argumentative. This was in the bid to distill from the multifarious concepts of dialogue, the one that would be pertinent to the work. Then it was evaluative and narrative too, especially when it presented the dialogical perspectives of some philosophers. The second chapter was very descriptive in its information and equally evaluative, especially in its treatment of the development and the challenges of interreligious dialogue in Christianity. It was also specifically comparative. Treating interreligious dialogue, unavoidable comparisons of some religions presented themselves. Chapter three was mainly descriptive. It exposed the vastness of research in this work. Chapter four and chapter five were evaluative and prescriptive. In presenting the challenges of interreligious dialogue the methodology of evaluation is supported by the tone of dismay and discomfort. In suggesting solutions, the prescriptive method of writing is accompanied with a tone of hope....

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