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Trinity and Inter Faith Dialogue

Plenitude and Plurality

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Michael Ipgrave

In inter faith relations, the Trinity is often seen as an embarrassing or irrelevant problem. This study proposes a different approach, seeing Trinitarian thought as a resource for dialogue. Drawing on the suggestions of Paul Tillich and Raimundo Panikkar, the author identifies six key issues to be addressed in Trinitarian dialogue. These are traced in two historical examples: the encounters of patristic Christianity with Greek philosophical religion, and of medieval Christianity with Islam. The final chapter draws lessons from these experiences to suggest a reshaping of Christian dialogue with Hindus, Muslims and other people of faith.
Contents: Trinity in a multi-faith context – Plenitude as a language for divine plurality – Patristic Christianity and Greek philosophical religion – Plotinus and Origen – Medieval Christianity and Islam – Divine Word and divine attributes – Trinity as a pattern of dialogue – Trinity as a theme of dialogue – Christians, Hindus and Muslims in Trinitarian dialogue.