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On the Border - The Otherness of God and the Multiplicity of the Religions

The Intercultural Dialogue from an Anthropological Perspective as an Inquiry into the Theology of Religions


Thomas Mooren

The Christian theology of religions at present faces a crisis. What precisely is the task of the theology of religions? Does it merely consist in interpreting the non-Christian religions as steps, phases or contributions in the light of Christianity? Has one from the theological side conceded the maximum to the non-Christian religions by acknowledging them as anonymous Christianity (Karl Rahner)? This study is an exploration on how one shall liberate the religion of the other from anonymity: how one shall leave the other with his/her own name. The model of thought employed in this study is gained through an analysis of the intercultural process of understanding, explained with instances from Africa and South America.
Contents: Anthropological and philosophical theories of understanding - The concepts of co-constitutivity and de-territorialization, pluralism in a multicultural world.