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ERIC Number: EJ1152309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0034-4087
All Life is Encounter: Reflections on Interreligious Dialogue and Concrete Initiatives
Gabriel, Ingeborg
Religious Education, v112 n4 p317-322 2017
The title of this article has been taken from the book "I and Thou" by the German-Jewish philosopher Martin Buber (1923). He formulated it as a creed in a world dominated by what he called "I-It" relationships (i.e., relations with objects rather than with human subjects). The digital revolution of the past decades has made this general tendency of the modern world even more prominent. Through technical means (the Internet, etc.) the planet has become highly interconnected as well as interdependent, but the human dimension often does not follow suit. So we are in fact confronted with a paradoxical situation. Because of technical devices our minds become more and more geared toward an instrumental way of thinking: things function if only we know how to press the right button. This obviously does not work with humans. Here interconnectedness means or at least should mean personal encounters and dialogue that demand respect of the other and his or her freedom. Most people on the planet being religious, dialogue more often than not thereby means interreligious dialogue. What has been an endeavor of specialists some thirty years ago, in the present has gained considerable social as well as political importance. This has become even more so since in a globalized world societies are becoming increasingly pluralistic, multiethnic, and multireligious due to migration. At the same time, however, there exists a growing longing of people for social homogeneity. It, therefore, is not at all surprising that on the one hand there are great expectations connected with interreligious dialogue, including the hope that it can contribute to peace and understanding both nationally and internationally. At the same time there are also serious doubts and there is even some (premature) disappointment as to whether interreligious dialogue can really live up to the high expectations it raises. Ingeborg Gabriel shares his reflections on interreligious dialogue and the initiatives he co founded and engaged in.
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Language: English
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