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Beyond Essentialist Interreligious Education: Insights with a Whiteheadian Perspective of Multiplicity

Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA 94709, USA
Religions 2019, 10(7), 404; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10070404
Received: 9 May 2019 / Revised: 20 June 2019 / Accepted: 24 June 2019 / Published: 26 June 2019
In the late twentieth century, interreligious education emerged as a way to transform one’s attitude toward other religions and reduce religious prejudice. This article addresses the philosophical aspects of this practice, in particular the problems that arise when an essentialist approach is accommodated. The problems include the why (philosophical rationale), the who (subject and participant), the what (content), and the future (purpose). In response, the author explores how a relational approach grounded in a Whiteheadian philosophy of multiplicity would allow us to understand interreligious education differently. The article finds that a relational approach can help us imagine and embody interreligious education in a more humanizing, inclusive, and transformative way. View Full-Text
Keywords: interreligious education; essentialism; relationalism; Whitehead; multiplicity interreligious education; essentialism; relationalism; Whitehead; multiplicity
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Lee, J.C. Beyond Essentialist Interreligious Education: Insights with a Whiteheadian Perspective of Multiplicity. Religions 2019, 10, 404.

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