Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Academic journal focuses on religious issues and cross-cultural understanding.

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, Spring

Apocryphal Elements in the New Testament and Qur'an
From the title of this essay, which includes the phrase "apocryphal elements," it is clear that the starting point for this discussion is Christian scholarship on the Bible and the Qur'an. Specifically, the point of departure will be the charge leveled...
Deep-Dialogue/critical-Thinking/ Competitive-Cooperation: The Most Authentic Human Way to Be and Act
I. "All Knowledge Is Interpreted Knowledge" To begin, we humans as a group have in the last two centuries increasingly learned that "nobody knows everything about anything!" We now know that all knowledge is interpreted knowledge. There is no "truth"...
Ecumenical Resources
AUSTRIA Theologisch-Praktische Quartalschrift (Linz) Konrad Huber, "Jesus der Jude: Die judische Leben-Jesu-Forschung seit dera 19. Jahrhundert. Vol. 159, No. 3 (2011), 293-304. Zeitschrift fur Katholische Theologie (Innsbruck) The following...
Facing Death without a Soul: A Response to George Adams
George Adams's essay in this issue contrasts what he calls "personalist spirituality" with his understanding of Buddhism, particularly his ideas about the difficult Buddhist notion of anatman. (1) Adams's main thrust is to problematize the idea of...
Imitatio Christi, Imitatio Muhammadi, Imitatio Dei
"Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." (1 Cor. 11 : 1) (1) "Verily in the Apostle of God you have a good example for everyone who looks forward [with hope and awe] to God and the Last Day, and remembers God unceasingly." (Q. 33:21) (2) "Be...
Interreligious Dialogue Reconsidered: Learning from and Responding to Critique and Change
Introduction Interreligious dialogue has come into its own as an academic and activist enterprise over the past decade. Once an esoteric endeavor on the edges of "legitimate" religious studies or an occasional activity on the part of visionary local...
Ma'alot Tsedaqah and Ordine Caritatis: Orders of Charitable Priority in Maimonides and Aquinas
Introduction Since scarcity is a fundamental fact of life, giving inescapably means choosing. Thus, each charitable gift consists of both an actual event (someone receives) and the negation of a potential event (someone else does not). How different...
Personalist Spirituality and Buddhist Anatman: Reflections on Contrasting Subjectivities, or Why I Am Not (Quite) (Yet) a Buddhist
It has been over eighty years since the renowned British mathematician/philosopher/social activist Bertrand Russell achieved both fame and infamy with the publication of his controversial essay, "Why I Am Not a Christian." At a time when Christianity...
Radical Atonement and the Cosmic Body of Christ
In considering interreligious relations and Christian distinctiveness in a post-Christian era, three primary questions that need to be asked are: (I) What presuppositions guide interreligious dialogue between self-identified Christians and those of...
Response to the Dialogue Institute's Evaluation of Swidler's Dialogue Thought/work
I am very pleased to be able to engage in a brief written dialogue with the four members of the staff of the Dialogue Institute: Interreligious, Intercultural, International, whose article appears in this issue of J.E.S. In fact, I am very proud of...
Roger Haight's Contribution to Method in Ecclesiology and Its Implications for Ecumenical Dialogue
Introduction Recently, the Jesuit theologian Roger Haight produced a three-volume work in ecclesiology under the title Christian Community in History. (1) This essay will explore some implications of Haight's contribution to method in ecclesiology...
Skepticism, Pluralism, and the Presence of God
I. In writing about the presence of God in this essay, I assume a rather thorough skepticism about comprehensive worldviews, whether those worldviews are grounded in philosophical, theological, or other approaches. I take quite seriously, however,...
The Joy and Honor to Be an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies
In 1973, Leonard Swidler asked if I would be an Associate Editor of the Journal of Ecumenical Studies. It was an unexpected request but one that I have treasured from 1973 down to 2012. A few days ago, I received the latest issue of J.E.S., and my...