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Interfaith Dialogue: Interreligious and Intercultural Dimensions

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

in In the World, Yet Not of the World

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780823231713
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237005 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823231713.003.0006

Series: Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought

Interfaith Dialogue:                         Interreligious and Intercultural Dimensions

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Dialogue and conversation — which is necessary for dialogues being carried out — are a necessary precondition of mutual understanding, and mutual understanding is a precondition of mutual trust as well as of the ability to cooperate and to coexist. The primary issue that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addresses here is absolutism. It is well known that every religion asserts that it holds within its belief system the absolute truth about God and the world, the latter including also humanity. Furthermore, it is also well known that God is the absolute being—in other words, that to which all pure attributes belong and from which all evil attributes are entirely absent. They most certainly believe and consider it a given that the truth is singular, as is God, that on every occasion only a single sentence expresses the totality of this truth.

Keywords: dialogue; conversation; trust; Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew; absolutism; religion; truth; God; understanding; humanity

Chapter.  26446 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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