Apology, Regret, and Intellectual Humility

Michael B. McGarry

in Learned Ignorance

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199769308
Published online March 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780190258283 | DOI:
Apology, Regret, and Intellectual Humility

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This chapter examines a particularly illuminating case with regard to interreligious relations and apology: the exchange between some Muslims and the Vatican in response to Pope Benedict XVI's lecture to the faculty at the University of Regensburg in late summer 2006. It reflects on the place and meaning of apology, intellectual humility, and interreligious relations by examining both the general “nonapologies” of Pope John Paul II and the specific “nonapologies” of Pope Benedict XVI. Reflecting on and analyzing these cases, it concludes with a suggestion about the place of apology in an intellectually humble interreligious encounter.

Keywords: interreligious relations; interreligious apology; Muslims; Vatican; Pope Benedict XVI; intellectual humility; Pope John Paul II

Chapter.  7922 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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