A Dialogue Approach : Doing Before Knowing ' With James Fredericks : Tension Between Evangelization And Interreligious Dialogue

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Interreligious Dialogue Approach: “Doing Before Knowing” with James Fredericks
Tension between Evangelization and Interreligious Dialogue
Practicing interreligious dialogue invites the Christians to be aware of any triumphalism when investing their energies in the goal of Christianity’s “eschatological hope.” Fredericks observes that official teachings of the Church confuse us about the meaning of dialogue; for example, the two documents Dominus Iesus and Redemptoris Missio reads, “Interreligious dialogue is part of the church’s evangelizing mission.” For Fredericks, “linking dialogue with evangelization is easily misunderstood” because such expression has a sense of understanding dialogue as “a tool to convert others to Christianity.” Therefore, pursuing interreligious dialogue with the comparative method helps to avoid such misunderstanding. In fact, Christians find beneficial for their faith when doing theology comparatively because it is a way to “resist both the ‘commodification’ [i.e. consumer choice] of religion and the intolerance of religious revivalism.”
These tensions should remind us of having foundations for dialogue. First, doing theology comparatively in dialogue does not mean to please the dialogue partners or to convert them but be faithful with our tradition. Second, Christians should dialogue without presupposing anything from others’ faith tradition. Third, “a skillful dialogue as a good conversation” is what David Tracy reflects on his experience so…

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