Practice and Theology of Interreligious Dialogue: A Critical Study of the Indian Christian Attempts since Vatican II

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Practice and Theology of Interreligious Dialogue: A Critical Study of the Indian Christian Attempts Since Vatican II.

By Jose Kuttianimattathil. Bangalore: Kristu Jyoti Publications, 1995. Pp. xxiii, 757. Paperback. No price given.

Since Vatican II interreligious dialogue has become a major theological and methodological issue for the church in India and its mission. The book under review is a massive volume on the theology and practice of interreligious dialogue. There is no doubt that the author has done his homework thoroughly. Hardly anything written on the topic seems to have escaped his attention.

The book is divided into four parts.

The first presents the readers with the long history of interreligious dialogue from the precolonial days to post-Vatican years and the efforts at the practice of dialogue through ashrams and pastoral centers in India. Part 2 examines the theology of interreligious dialogue at the level of all the churches in India, their official organs and bodies, and the theologians. The third part gives us the theology of dialogue as proposed by the best representatives of the theology of interreligious dialogue, their theology of religions, problems connected with sharing worship and scriptures, and the implications of dialogue for liberation, mission, and proclamation. …