Inter Religious Dialogue

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Interrelgious Dialogue
February 2013
In his book The Intra-religious Dialogue, Raimon Panikkar seeks to tap into our daily humanistic encounters through teachings, discussion, questions and exploration as a basis of religious dialogue. Panikkar sets forth a guidebook of sorts in which the reader can better understand his/her set of beliefs and faiths as well as set out on a personal mission to encounter the religious practices of people around the world without prejudice or preconceived notions. I think the main issue set forth by Panikkar is to guide us along the path towards the “realization of human destiny” and provide us with the tools to higher comprehension of all faiths and beliefs.
In the preface, Panikkar starts with a heady
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You can tell how smart he really is by the way he literraly breaks down words like I, religion, tolerance, interpretation and the like to convey to the reader just how important the intricate vernacular of the religious language. In Chapter 4’s The Rules Of The Game, he gives his version of the way the words Faith, Hope and Love signify the meaning of interreligious dialogue.
In most views, Faith means a belief in one’s attitudes and ideology towards a specific outcome. Pannikar describes faith as “an attitude that transcends the simple data” and how “these realities manifest themselves so that they make sense for our partner” (69-70). Hope is described as an attitude that is “urged from above to perform a sacred duty” so that we can put aside our previous conceptions of who we are in order to better prepare ourselves for religious dialogue. Love is an “impulse, that force impelling us to our fellow-beings and leading us to discover in them what is lacking in us” (70). When first reading this particular part of the book I merely glanced over it but after re-reading and re-focusing, I grew to really appreciate what he is trying to say. In my view, these three basic words (and the more intricate definitions proposed by Pannikar) gives me and the reader a very sturdy foundation on which we can delve into the ever-growing realm of not only religious dialogue, but self-appreciation of our
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