Interreligious Hermeneutics in Pluralistic Europe

Between Texts and People

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At the second major conference held in Salzburg in 2009 of The European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS), participants probed the broad theme of ‘interreligious hermeneutics in a pluralistic Europe’. Due to the phenomenon of an increasingly plural Europe, questions arise about how we see each other’s cultural heritage, religious traditions and sacred scriptures.
Following the discussions that took place at the conference, this book focuses on the usage of texts in our global and mass media world, the possibility of ‘scriptural reasoning’, the theological comparison of selected topics from religious traditions by scholars belonging to multiple religions or interreligious communities of scholars, the pragmatics of using sacred texts in social contexts of family and gender, polemical attacks on the other’s sacred text and the challenge to interreligious hermeneutics of the postcolonial deconstruction of religion by cultural studies. The future of interreligious hermeneutics is going to be complex. This book exhibits the multiple agendas – power, gender, postcolonialism, globalisation, dialogue, tradition, polemics – that will have a stake in these future debates.
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Table of contents

Preface
Uses of Texts
Sigrid Rettenbacher: One Text – Different Meanings? The Notification on Jacques Dupuis in the Light of the Second Vatican Council
Pim Valkenberg: Sifting the Qur’an: Two Forms of Interreligious Hermeneutics in Nicholas of Cusa
David Slakter: An Exposition and Defence of Jayanta Bhatta’s Inclusivism
Scriptural Reasoning and Interreligious Hermeneutics
Nicholas Adams: Scriptural Reasoning and Interfaith Hermeneutics
Helene Egnell: Scriptural Reasoning: A Feminist Response
Elizabeth J. Harris: Scriptural Reasoning or Symbiosis: Can an Asian Paradigm Have a Message for Europe?
Magdalen Lambkin: Towards an Interreligious Hermeneutic of Scripture: Problems and Possibilities
Comparative Theology
Francis X. Clooney SJ: Comparative Theology — As Theology
Albertina Nugteren: Entitled to Understand: A Critical Look at Comparative Theology
Marianne Moyaert: Comparative Theology in Search of a Hermeneutical Framework
Hendrik Rungelrath: Confessional and Comparative Theology: Counterparts or Complements?
Paul Hedges: Guanyin, Queer Theology, and Subversive Religiosity: An Experiment in Interreligious Theology
Ulrich Winkler: What is Comparative Theology?
Sacred Text and Social Context
Anne Sofie Roald: European Islamic Gender Discourses
Susanne Scholz: The Forbidden Fruit for the New Eve: The Christian Right’s Adaptation to the (Post)modern World
Martin Rötting: Interreligious Learning: The Shaping of Interreligious Identity in Pluralistic Europe
Oddbjørn Leirvik: Interreligious Hermeneutics and the Ethical Critique of the Scriptures
Polemical Revival
John Chesworth: Polemical Revival: Attacking the Other’s Texts
Interreligious Hermeneutics in the Light of the Postcolonial Deconstruction of Religion
Andreas Nehring: On the Communication of Sacred Texts: Intercultural Comparison or Intercultural Encounter
Judith Gruber: Culture/s as a Theological Challenge: Towards a Systematic Approach to Intercultural Theology
Xavier Gravend-Tirole: Double Commitment: or The Case for Religious Mestizaje (Creolization)
Index of Subjects
Contributors

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