Michael Barnes SJ uses Ilario of Viterbo’s depiction of the Annunciation as a starting point from which to discuss whether faith is linked integrally to a particular narrative.
Nostra Aetate exhorted Christians to engage in ‘conversations ands collaboration’ with others. In the fifty years after the declaration was promulgated, extraordinary progress was made.
Michael Barnes SJ describes the way in which Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Assisi, in the footsteps of his predecessor, highlighted a continuity between the papacies of Benedict and John Paul II.
9/11 and the subsequent 7/7 attacks on London put religion at the centre of questions of national security, and the boundaries in Britain between the ‘political’ and the ‘religious’ were overthrown.
How did 9/11 affect the way in which religions talk to one another, and how can any person of faith begin to narrate the events of 9/11, personally or in dialogue with others?
How is religious plurality to be understood from a Catholic theological standpoint? This raises a raft of considerations, not least about the dark side of human religiosity, so apparent since 9/11.
Isabel Smyth SND examines the origins of Nostra aetate, the Second Vatican Council’s decree on the Church and other faiths, and the enormous impact it had on inter-faith relations.
This book is essential reading for any Catholic who is serious about going beyond the myths and tendentious ‘knowledge’ concerning Islam so widespread today and facing the challenge of interacting with Muslims in an authentically Christian manner.
When Pope Benedict met with faith leaders on the second day of his visit, he not only spoke of the shared virtues of all people of faith, but advocated ‘face to face’ engagement as an integral part of dialogue, reports Michael Barnes SJ.
Michael Barnes SJ examines the themes in Meeting God in Friend and Stranger, which reminds us that whenever we embrace the ‘atmosphere of curiosity’ that stimulates interreligious exchanges, we are participating in the very dialogue that God initiated with humankind.
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