Drawing on his extensive knowledge and experience of ecumenical cooperation, Roman Catholic lay brother and monk Wayne Teasdale offers a strong and prophetic voice for interfaith dialogue that brings traditions together without watering them down. He offers a blueprint for combining the strengths and perspectives of various faiths in order to address the crises of poverty, racism, environmental pollution and moral indifference. Highly informative and compelling, this book is accessible to a wide audience, from the classroom to study groups and others who want to learn about conversing across traditions.
Brother Wayne Teasdale was a lay monk who combined the traditions of Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism in the way of Christian sannyasa. A teacher and activist in building common ground among the world's religions, he served on the board of trustees of the Parliament of the World's Religions. As a member of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue, he helped draft their Universal Declaration of Nonviolence. He was also committed to the cause of a free Tibet.
Part 1 Background Chapter 2 The Conversation Begins Chapter 3 The Historical Roots of Interreligious Dialogue in the Church Chapter 4 The Nature, Types and Fruits of Dialogue Part 5 Views of Dialogue Chapter 6 The Presence and Example of Pope John Paul II Chapter 7 The Official Magisterial Teaching of the Church on Interreligious Encounter and Dialogue Part 8 Contradictions in the Understanding of the Church Chapter 9 The Three Basic Positions on the Other Religious Traditions Chapter 10 Tensions Between Mission and Dialogue Chapter 11 Interreligious Encounter and Dialogue: The Existential Dialogue Part 12 The Historical Horizon of the Dialogue's Possible Future