Thursday, 24 June 2010
Transformation by Integration
A growing number of people experience their own spiritual lives as being inspired by more than one religious tradition. Multi-religious identity formation and double-belonging are obvious signs of a process of significant transformation as a result inter-faith encounter - a transformation that had been expected and positively willed by various inter-faith theologians. "Transformation by Integration" looks more deeply at a number of issues involved, including: What does it mean theologically to move beyond tolerance towards a genuine appreciation of other religions? How can multi-religious identity be assessed theologically? And, will we have to reconsider the widespread dismissal of syncretism? Perry Schmidt-Leukel takes the next theological step on the basis of a pluralist paradigm within the theology of religions.
About the Author
Perry Schmidt-Leukel is Professor of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology at the University of Münster. There he also heads the Department of Religious Studies and Intercultural Theology (Centre for Religious Studies and Inter-Faith Theology).