Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Marianne Moyaert, Fragile Identities: Towards a Theology of Interreligious Hospitality

Academic journal article Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Marianne Moyaert, Fragile Identities: Towards a Theology of Interreligious Hospitality

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Marianne Moyaert, Fragile Identities: Towards a Theology of Interreligious Hospitality. Currents of Encounter: Studies on the Contact between Christianity and Other Religions, Beliefs, and Cultures 39. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011. Pp. 352. $97.00, paper.

Among the many thorny issues embedded in interreligious dialogue, Moyaert focuses on the dialogical tension between particular religious identity and openness to the religious other. She seeks to develop an approach that allows Christians to recognize the truth of other religions without surrendering their faith commitment. She proposes a theological hermeneutics of interreligious hospitality that moves the debate beyond the classical tripartite taxonomy of exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism. First, she insists that interfaith dialogue cannot succeed without a sound theology of religion (chap. 1). Her assessment of Christian theology of religions shows a keen knowledge of the literature and a clear understanding of how each soteriological model promotes or hinders religious encounters. Additionally, Moyaert offers an excellent appraisal of the pluralist model. Her threefold critique can serve as contrapuntal points to Kenneth Rose's forceful defense of pluralism in his latest book Pluralism: The Future of Religion (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013). …

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