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A European (German) View on Comparative Theology: Dialogue with My Own Past
Chair of Missiology, Ecumenics, and Religious Studies, Department of Protestant Theology, Faculty of the Humanities, Hamburg University, Sedanstr. 19, D-20146 Hamburg, Germany
Received: 1 September 2012; in revised form: 5 November 2012 / Accepted: 12 November 2012 / Published: 14 November 2012
Abstract: For the last couple of years, particularly after the publication of the (German) book “Comparative Theology” by Bernhold Reinhardt and Klaus von Stosch, there was a significant attentiveness of this subject amongst German scholars. For many, it was the long anticipated antithesis/alternative to the pluralist theology of religions, even if it had not been devised explicitly to serve as such an alternative. For others, it has been an appropriate way to express their desire for a substantial interreligious dialogue in a theologically responsible way. This paper tries to review some of the major German contributions (being read alongside international ones) and reactions to Comparative Theology and to search for the motive behind its sudden popularity in some circles. It will also try to reconstruct the possibilities for Comparative Theology within the wider setting of the process and development of religious traditions as they grow and change in never-ending interaction and communication within the history of religions, ideas and society.
Keywords: comparative theology; theology of religions; history of religions; truth claim; heterogeneity; inter-religious dialogue
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Dehn, U. A European (German) View on Comparative Theology: Dialogue with My Own Past. Religions 2012, 3, 1085-1093.
Dehn U. A European (German) View on Comparative Theology: Dialogue with My Own Past. Religions. 2012; 3(4):1085-1093.
Dehn, Ulrich. 2012. "A European (German) View on Comparative Theology: Dialogue with My Own Past." Religions 3, no. 4: 1085-1093.