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Interreligious Dialogue Groups Enabling Human Agency

Department of Business Studies, Sociology Unit, University of Girona, 17003 Girona, Spain
Department of Social Education and Social Work, Faculty of Social Education and Social Work Pere Tarres, Ramon Llull University, 08021 Barcelona, Spain
Department of Educational Innovation and Organization, University of Deusto, 48007 Bilbo, Spain
Department of Sociology, University of Barcelona, 08007 Barcelona, Spain
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Academic Editor: Svetlana Sharonova
Religions 2021, 12(3), 189;
Received: 13 February 2021 / Revised: 7 March 2021 / Accepted: 8 March 2021 / Published: 12 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion in the Contemporary Transformation Society)
Evidence has shown that interreligious dialogue is one of the paths to build bridges among diverse cultural and religious communities that otherwise would be in conflict. Some literature reflects, from a normative standpoint, on how interreligious dialogue should be authentic and meaningful. However, there is scarce literature on what conditions contribute to this dialogue achieving its desirable goals. Thus, our aim was to examine such conditions and provide evidence of how interreligious dialogue enables human agency. By analyzing the activity of interreligious dialogue groups, we document the human agency they generate, and we gather evidence about the features of the conditions. For this purpose, we studied four interreligious dialogue groups, all affiliated with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Association for Interreligious Dialogue (AUDIR), employing in-depth interviews and discussion groups. In these groups, which operate in diverse and multicultural neighborhoods, local actors and neighbors hold dialogues about diversity issues. In so doing, social coexistence, friendship ties, and advocacy initiatives arise. After analyzing the collected data, we conclude that for interreligious dialogue to result in positive and promising outputs, it must meet some principles of dialogic learning, namely equality of differences, egalitarian dialogue, cultural intelligence, solidarity, and transformation. View Full-Text
Keywords: interreligious dialogue; human agency; conditions; principles; dialogic learning; egalitarian dialogue; equality of differences; solidarity; transformation interreligious dialogue; human agency; conditions; principles; dialogic learning; egalitarian dialogue; equality of differences; solidarity; transformation
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Campdepadrós-Cullell, R.; Pulido-Rodríguez, M.Á.; Marauri, J.; Racionero-Plaza, S. Interreligious Dialogue Groups Enabling Human Agency. Religions 2021, 12, 189.

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Campdepadrós-Cullell R, Pulido-Rodríguez MÁ, Marauri J, Racionero-Plaza S. Interreligious Dialogue Groups Enabling Human Agency. Religions. 2021; 12(3):189.

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Campdepadrós-Cullell, Roger, Miguel Á. Pulido-Rodríguez, Jesús Marauri, and Sandra Racionero-Plaza. 2021. "Interreligious Dialogue Groups Enabling Human Agency" Religions 12, no. 3: 189.

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