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Interfaith Chaplaincy as Interpretive Hospitality

Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, NT, Hong Kong, China
Religions 2019, 10(3), 226;
Received: 27 February 2019 / Revised: 18 March 2019 / Accepted: 21 March 2019 / Published: 26 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Theology and Practical Life)
Hospital chaplaincy must reconcile competing epistemologies of health and salvation (Christian, clinical, holistic, etc.), but when done in interfaith situations this task becomes more difficult. As current models of spiritual care are insufficient, this paper proposes a paradigm based on Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutics of translation, as adapted for comparative theology by Marianne Moyaert. In particular, it looks at his idea of linguistic hospitality as a way to structure relations, spiritual assessments, and pastoral interventions in interfaith chaplaincy without reducing the unique strangeness of “the Other”. Furthermore, a practical, performative (ritual) hospitality can overcome the epistemological and soteriological obstacles that have frustrated systematic theologies of religion. View Full-Text
Keywords: chaplaincy; interfaith; comparative theology; hermeneutics; Ricoeur; interreligious dialogue chaplaincy; interfaith; comparative theology; hermeneutics; Ricoeur; interreligious dialogue
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