The Question of Theological Truth

Philosophical and Interreligious Perspectives


In today’s world, the boundaries within which Christian theologians operate are becoming ever more permeable, and Christian theology is increasingly influenced and challenged by multiple “outside” factors. In Western Europe, two such factors stand out in particular: the so-called “turn to religion” in continental philosophy and religious diversity. Theologians working with contemporary continental philosophers and theologians engaging the multireligious world tend to work quite separately from one another. The aim of the present book is therefore to initiate a conversation between these two groups of theologians. The question of truth was chosen because it is both a key issue in contemporary-philosophical debates (in the continental and analytic traditions) and one that arises in complex and problematic ways in the praxis of, and theoretical reflection on, interreligious dialogue. Some of the pressing questions that are addressed by the contributors to this volume are: What is truth? What is theological truth? How does the issue of truth arise from interreligious encounter? To what extent can or should the nature of truth be discussed explicitly during interreligious dialogue? Or should the question of truth be rather postponed in the interest of successful interreligious encounter? Is there a hermeneutical concept of truth and, if so, how can it be of help for theological reflection on the question of truth and on the role and place of truth in the context of dialogue between religions?

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Frederiek Depoortere and Magdalen Lambkin: Editors’ Introduction
Frederiek Depoortere: Introducing the Question of Theological Truth
Olivier Riaudel: Theological Truth in the Context of Modern Philosophy
Lieven Boeve: Theological Truth in the Context of Contemporary Continental Thought: The Turn to Religion and the Contamination of Language
Michael Purcell: The Liturgical Enactment of Truth
Hendrik M. Vroom: Religious Truth: Seeing Things as They Really Are. Experience, Insight, and Religious Stories
Catherine Cornille: Meaning and Truth in the Dialogue between Religions
Marianne Moyaert: Lindbeck and Ricoeur on Meaning, Truth, and the Translation of Religions
Werner G. Jeanrond: Theological Truth from the Perspective of an Interreligious Hermeneutics of Love
Magdalen Lambkin: The Issue of Truth as it Arises from the Praxis of Scriptural Reasoning
Martin Sebastian Kallungal: The Plight of Truth in Hindu‐Christian Hermeneutics
Rose Drew: Theological Truth and Dialogue: A Buddhist Christian Perspective
Frederiek Depoortere and Magdalen Lambkin: The Question of Theological Truth in a Multireligious World: Reflections at the Interface of Continental Philosophy and Interreligious Studies
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