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My Neighbour’s God

Interfaith Spaces and Claims of Religious Identity

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Edited By Andreas Kunz-Lübcke

In the latest discussion on the relations between religions, it has often been argued that monotheism necessarily leads to intolerance and exclusivism. A religion which claims to worship «the one and only true God» is inevitably forced to reject every religious behaviour and practices of «the Other». But is this really the case? This volume contains contributions which discuss the major question: What are the instruments and the strategies used in different religious settings where interreligious encounter is part of daily life? Most of the contributions concentrate on the challenges of theology in the context of India. A special focus will be on approaches for interreligious coexistence derived from Biblical or Systematic Theology.

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“When life ties together and religion divides”: Ritual companionship as test case for a theologically reflected inter-religious dialogue

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Abstract: The article debates different models of interreligious activities. The three models Liturgical hospitality, Multi-religious celebrations and Interreligious devotions/prayers will be presented and assessed for their relevance. Furthermore, the article discusses the variety of interreligious forms of encounter and interaction in cross-religious liturgical communions besides theological and textual teachings and interpretation of sacred texts and besides the need of collaboration in issues of moral and ethical needs in a common society.

Keywords: interreligious rituals and prayers, theology of “convivence”, multireligious celebrations

1. Occasions of Cross-Religious Experience in the Fed. Rep. of Germany

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For about five decades now, since the first migrant workers and other professionals from Turkey started assisting the German reconstruction of economy and society, people from different religious or non-religious background could share their lives as neighbors and friends in Germany. But in fact, it took at least the period of one and a half generations until it became clear that migrant workers were not ‘going back’, but became German citizens. Then old and new citizens started realizing at certain occasions how much they were in need to celebrate their greatest joys and grief together, not in ‘parallel societies’, but rather as one society.

Before this was realized, intercultural or interreligious confrontations seemed to be a reality far away from German public life, either historical in remembrance of the Holocaust as specific German catastrophe “long ←213 | 214→ago” or geographical...

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