Double Religious Belonging and Some Commonly Held Ideas about Dialogue and Conversion

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Double Religious Belonging and Some Commonly Held Ideas about Dialogue and Conversion. / Fridlund, Patrik.

In: Mission Studies, Vol. 31, No. 2, 2014, p. 255-279.

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T1 - Double Religious Belonging and Some Commonly Held Ideas about Dialogue and Conversion

AU - Fridlund, Patrik

N1 - The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Philosophy of Religion (015017073), External organization(s) (LUR000040)

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - There is often a perceived tension between dialogue on the one hand and conversion on the other hand. This article suggests that this tension may be related to religious conviction and religious belonging being seen as monolithic. A basic idea of this article is that there are suggestive empirical findings and relevant conceptual arguments about double religious belonging in a large sense, which lead to a profound questioning, which undermines established views of religion as comprehensive systems. This has implications for conceptions of dialogue and conversion. It is suggested that a consequence of taking into consideration double religious belonging in a broad sense is that established ideas of religions as comprehensive interpretative schemes are undermined. Instead, one would have to acknowledge the fragmented, partial, and contextual character of religion. Accordingly, interreligious dialogue and conversion must also be understood as diversified, variegated and fragmented phenomena. Dialogue is addressed to specific issues, in precise contexts, regarding particular concerns, and the same could generally be said of the aim to convert others.

AB - There is often a perceived tension between dialogue on the one hand and conversion on the other hand. This article suggests that this tension may be related to religious conviction and religious belonging being seen as monolithic. A basic idea of this article is that there are suggestive empirical findings and relevant conceptual arguments about double religious belonging in a large sense, which lead to a profound questioning, which undermines established views of religion as comprehensive systems. This has implications for conceptions of dialogue and conversion. It is suggested that a consequence of taking into consideration double religious belonging in a broad sense is that established ideas of religions as comprehensive interpretative schemes are undermined. Instead, one would have to acknowledge the fragmented, partial, and contextual character of religion. Accordingly, interreligious dialogue and conversion must also be understood as diversified, variegated and fragmented phenomena. Dialogue is addressed to specific issues, in precise contexts, regarding particular concerns, and the same could generally be said of the aim to convert others.

KW - understanding religion

KW - lived religion

KW - theology of religions

KW - double religious belonging

KW - interreligious dialogue

KW - multiple religious practice

KW - conversion

U2 - 10.1163/15733831-12341336

DO - 10.1163/15733831-12341336

M3 - Article

VL - 31

SP - 255

EP - 279

JO - Mission Studies

JF - Mission Studies

SN - 0168-9789

IS - 2

ER -