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The International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter: Twenty Years of Dialogue

The International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter: Twenty Years of Dialogue INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST-CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL ENCOUNTER The International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter: Twenty Years of Dialogue Rita M. Gross University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire In a world riddled by conflict, religions must take a large part of the responsibility for initiating and perpetuating these conflicts, which often include disagreements about whose political system is favored by the deity or to whom the deity gave land. The slogan “No peace on earth until there is peace among religions” is more than true. No wonder some religious leaders consider interreligious understanding and dia- logue to be urgent. Debate and proselytization cannot be the major modes of inter- religious interaction when so much is at stake. Rather, conversations that actually promote mutual respect, understanding, and tolerance are mandatory in a religiously plural world. Such dialogue and interchange has taken many forms over the years: large conferences, meetings of world-renowned religious leaders, study groups in the basements and classrooms of religious institutions, university classes, friends meet- ing over coffee for discussion, scholarly presentations, and deliberately organized dialogues between representatives of various religious. For twenty years, the International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter was one such dialogue, and this dialogue was unique in many ways. The group of people in http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

The International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter: Twenty Years of Dialogue

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 25 – Oct 10, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST-CHRISTIAN THEOLOGICAL ENCOUNTER The International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter: Twenty Years of Dialogue Rita M. Gross University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire In a world riddled by conflict, religions must take a large part of the responsibility for initiating and perpetuating these conflicts, which often include disagreements about whose political system is favored by the deity or to whom the deity gave land. The slogan “No peace on earth until there is peace among religions” is more than true. No wonder some religious leaders consider interreligious understanding and dia- logue to be urgent. Debate and proselytization cannot be the major modes of inter- religious interaction when so much is at stake. Rather, conversations that actually promote mutual respect, understanding, and tolerance are mandatory in a religiously plural world. Such dialogue and interchange has taken many forms over the years: large conferences, meetings of world-renowned religious leaders, study groups in the basements and classrooms of religious institutions, university classes, friends meet- ing over coffee for discussion, scholarly presentations, and deliberately organized dialogues between representatives of various religious. For twenty years, the International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter was one such dialogue, and this dialogue was unique in many ways. The group of people in

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