Du syncrétisme en religion : un enjeu indispensable pour penser la tension entre dialogue et conversion

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Christian theology is in favour of interreligious dialogue without proselytism. At the same time, all religious institutions do seem to have a drive to convert those who are not already inside. Hence there is a tension. Redefine the terms seems insufficient to me. The question to deal with is rather when, how, and why is conversion allowed or even praised even though the character of dialogue without efforts to convert is respected. It has to do with our understanding of religion. A widespread and commonly held understanding of religion as stable and isolated entities with believers who are profoundly marked by their belonging, is a view that can and must be questioned if one looks into how religion functions and what people actually do when they live their religion. Once this is seen, a new perspective on dialogue and on conversion is possible, and thus also a new perspective on the relationship between the two.


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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Religious Studies


  • syncretism, dialogue and conversion, religious belonging, methodological tension
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationÁ l’écoute de l’autre. Penser l’altérité au cœur du dialogue inter-religieux
EditorsAnne-Sophie Vivier-Muresan, Henri de la Hougue
PublisherDesclée de Brouwer
ISBN (Print)978-2-220-07597-6
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographic note

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)