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Gathering Interest
Interreligious Dialogue Series (4 vols.)
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Overview

“The process of discernment of truth in interreligious dialogue involves . . . combining faithfulness to one’s own tradition and openness to the other, critical self-awareness and serious engagement with the teachings and practices of others, daring judgment and continuous openness to correction” (Introduction, Criteria). This collection emphasizes the importance of engaging in interreligious dialogue. It brings together scholars from different religions to address various topics, including discerning what is true and valuable in other religious traditions; engaging other religions’ texts and teachings; inviting dialogue between religions over the world market and economy; and assessing the religious acculturation phenomenon in the United States.

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Key Features

  • Provides healthy interreligious dialogue on historical and contemporary issues
  • Contains numerous essays by scholars from varying religious traditions
  • Illustrates the positive impact interreligious dialogue can have on a local and global level

Individual Titles

Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue

  • Editor: Catherine Cornille
  • Series: Interreligious Dialogue
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Pages: 304

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Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue focuses on the principles and norms used within particular religions when judging what is true and valuable in other religious traditions. While always implicitly operative, this volume attempts to make those criteria explicit, and the object of internal religious as well as interreligious reflection. Besides ethical criteria, which are present in all religious traditions, the volume illustrates the differences in both principles and processes of discernment, not only between, but also within particular religious traditions. As such, Protestant principles of discernment (R. Bernhardt) are somewhat different from Roman Catholic ones (G. D’Costa) and Tibetan Buddhist (J. Simmer-Brown, J. Makransky) from Pure Land Buddhist ones (M. Unno).

Discernment as the evaluation of one religious community by another is a critical question in contemporary interfaith dialogue theory and practice. How do the members of different religions judge the relative worth of other religious traditions? And how does this judgment connect with the complicated religious lives of modern people? The question of religious discernment has become much more pressing in an age of the globalization of religion along with economic and cultural exchange. What is so refreshing about these essays is that the authors do not shy away from the fact that every religious tradition does have ways of judging the relative merits (and demerits) of the religions of other people . . . As the Kongzi (Confucius) taught so long ago, we need to find harmony but not uniformity. These essays help us on this path.

—John Berthrong, associate professor of comparative theology, Boston University

This is serious and careful work, a rich collection yielding honest and provocative lessons by religious scholars challenged to identify the criteria for critical judgments they employ when addressing different understandings within their traditions and, particularly, across religious boundaries. They contribute significantly to contemporary reflections on the dynamics of interreligious exchange from a diversity of perspectives. Here five major traditions are represented, but not uniformly so. Their insightful, at times formidable, even counter-intuitive suggestions are instructive to all who wish to understand more clearly diverse religious perspectives on dialogue.

—John Borelli, special assistant to the President for interreligious initiatives, Georgetown University

Interreligious Hermeneutics

  • Editors: Catherine Cornille and Christopher Conway
  • Series: Interreligious Dialogue
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Pages: 276

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Interreligious Hermeneutics focuses on the possibilities and limits of interreligious understanding and exchange. Some contributions deal with fundamental questions concerning the means and the end of understanding across religious traditions (Tracy, Jeanrond, Moyaert, Maraldo) while others engage in the interpretation of texts and teachings of another religion (Shah-Kazemi, Eckel). Some experiment with the appropriation of hermeneutical categories of another tradition (O’Leary, Keenan) while others discuss concrete contests in which interreligious hermeneutics is both urgent and possible (Vroom, Patton). This volume thus challenge established notions of religious boundaries and point to the creative potential of engaging other religions in the pursuit of understanding and truth.

The implications of understanding between the religions are as unclear as it is clear that such understanding is badly needed. What is intriguing about this volume is not only that it enters this still widely uncharted territory but that many of its contributions explore which light the continental tradition of hermeneutic philosophy might shed on this field.

—Perry Schmidt-Leukel, professor of religious studies and intercultural theology, University of Muenster, Germany

This is a book packed with expertise and insight. In light of the complexities of interreligious dialogue, the authors use the creativity of hermeneutical understanding to walk a necessary tight-rope: discovering those meanings that cut across religious traditions while respecting the particularity and non-negotiable otherness that exists in every religious tradition. The savvy editors have crafted a substantive volume that gives hope for true dialogue in our world of almost bewildering religious diversity.

—Anthony J. Godzieba, professor of theology and religious studies, Villanova University

Christopher Conway is a doctoral candidate in comparative theology at Boston College, working in the area of the Hindu-Christian dialogue.

The World Market and Interreligious Dialogue

  • Editors: Catherine Cornille and Glenn Willis
  • Series: Interreligious Dialogue
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Pages: 316

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The fair and equitable distribution of wealth and the cultivation of proper attitudes toward material goods and economic development concern all religious traditions alike. In so far as the dynamics of the world market or the global economic system transcend the competency and control of any particular religion, dialogue between religions, as well as between religionists and economists becomes both possible and necessary. This volume brings together religious thinkers from various traditions as well as economists to reflect on the possibilities and the challenges of such dialogue.

This book can’t be more relevant because of the subject and the perspective it gives. But more than that, the occasion of its publication is more than opportune, at a moment where economics is the great concern for the whole world and threatens everyday life all around the globe. The relevant contribution religions can bring to that is organized with competence and creativity by Catherine Cornille and Glen Willis. It is mandatory reading for those working with economics and also for those who work with religious social thought of any confession and tradition.

—Maria Clara Bingemer, professor of systematic theology, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

At last a book in which scholars of religion and economics reach beyond their respective disciplines to address structural, political, and personal ways to understand and surmount financial hardship at both local and national levels. This collection of essays leads the way for a multidisciplinary dialogue not only on questions of economic development but also on the dangers of free market theism and the value of interrogating the moral underpinnings of market realities.

—Andy Rotman, associate professor, Smith College

This probing study of the interaction between religion and economics is urgently needed. It makes a unique contribution. Not since the work of Max Weber has the question received the intellectual attention it clearly deserves in our world marked by deep inequalities between rich and poor. This book raises challenging questions and proposes stimulating solutions that will demand equally serious exploration in the years ahead.

—David Hollenbach, director, Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Boston College

Glenn Willis is a doctoral candidate in comparative theology at Boston College, working in the area of Buddhist-Christian dialogue.

Interreligious Dialogue and Cultural Change

  • Editors: Catherine Cornille and Stephanie Corigliano
  • Series: Interreligious Dialogue
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 278

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The challenges and changes that take place when religions move from one cultural context to another present unique opportunities for interreligious dialogue. In new cultural environments religions are not only propelled to enter into dialogue with the traditional or dominant religion of a particular culture; religions are also invited to enter into dialogue with one another about cultural changes. In this volume, scholars from different religious traditions discuss the various types of dialogue that have emerged from the process of acculturation. While the phenomenon of religious acculturation has generally focused on Western religions in non-Western contexts, this volume deals predominantly with the acculturation in the United States. It thus offers a fresh look at the phenomenon of acculturation while also lifting up an often implicit or ignored dimension of interreligious dialogue.

In a world becoming increasingly pluralistic, culturally and religiously, this book provides a generous assembly of leading scholars addressing the invariable need for effective and enduring interreligious and intercultural dialogue. This book is a rich resource for students and scholars . . . both in the academy and in different religious circles.

—Marinus C. Iwuchukwu, assistant professor, Duquesne University

This fourth volume in Cornille’s impressive series on interreligious dialogue demonstrates the extent to which religious identity is not only conditioned by cultural realities, but how very often it is self-consciously responsive to them. This relationship . . . drives the reader to interrogate the most basic categories we use and reify despite the ample historical and contemporary evidence of cultural change, adaptation, and growth in identity.

—John N. Sheveland, associate professor of religious studies, Gonzaga University

Timely and informative, this book discusses interreligious dialogue in the contexts of the search for cultural identity, assimilation and acculturation, and religious pluralism in the United States. Written by experts in the field, [it] is valuable for both scholars and general readers. I highly recommend it.

—Kwok Pui-lan, William F. Cole Professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality, Episcopal Divinity School

Stephanie Corigliano is a doctoral candidate in comparative theology at Boston College, working in the area of Hindu-Christian dialogue.

Product Details

  • Title: Interreligious Dialogue Series
  • Series Editor: Catherine Cornille
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock
  • Volumes: 4
  • Pages: 1,174

About Catherine Cornille

Catherine Cornille is professor of comparative theology at Boston College. She is the author of The Im-Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue and editor of Song Divine: Christian Commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita. She is managing editor of the series Christian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts.