Interreligious Dialogue Analysis

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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,
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God Seen through Buddhist Lens: A Brief It is impossible to point out completely every aspect between Christianity and Buddhism; thus, this section tends to mention few basic religious differences or similarities between the two for a background of doing theology comparatively with Buddhism. Fredericks indicates, “Theravada Buddhists do believe in God” and in the Holy Spirit that “active within history.” Then, the principle of “outside the church, no salvation” becomes a problem for tolerance between the two faith traditions.
The Creator-God, “Maker of heaven and earth,” is a strange notion for Buddhism. Without believing in the Supreme-Eternal Being, Buddhists do not believe in eternity but everything is constantly “arising and ceasing.” Thus, heaven is neither a concern for Buddhists nor the Holy Spirit’s inspiration to
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Rather, they are inadequate and preliminary, no matter how

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