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ENCOUNTERS AND RESPONSES: SAMENESS AND DIFFERENCE IN WORLD RELIGIONS

Henry L. Ruf
International Journal on World Peace
Vol. 22, No. 3 (SEPTEMBER 2005), pp. 25-49
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20753496
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

Religious polemics and conflicts often occur because people fail to recognize the common core of the world's religions (encounters with the other of all socially constituted worlds) and that differences between religions stem from different historical and social faithful responses to these encounters. Heavily responsible for this cognitive failure are incoherent and unjustifiable metaphysical explanatory projects. Freed from metaphysics, each world religion mandates that people respect and cherish all other faithful religious responses and, in liberating people from suffering and into joyous living, these religions provide the motivation to obey this mandate and to creatively enter into dialogue with each other.

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