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[...] he says, we need to take seriously the category of the "other," since "attention to otherness in a positive, ethical sense and the affirmation of the other as other is the greatest legacy and achievement of the postmodern era." Jenny Daggers links feminist critiques and interreligious dialogue, arguing that our failure to treat people of other traditions with dignity matches in deed and rhetoric our inability to see that women are full and equal members of the community.
Francis X. Clooney respect individual strangers, but also critique universalist worldviews that, Keep Listening with good intentions, deprive others of their uniqueness by making them just like ourselves. And we need to refurbish We need to respect the other as other, our communities as places where these Church and Religious welcome her as our neighbor and teach- others too are at home. Finding a way “Other” er, and allow her contribution to unsettle to do this is difficult, because there is Edited by Gerard Mannion our familiar conversations. The volume no single authority that all respect, nor T&T Clark, $130, 320 pp. collects sixteen essays under three head- a single standard for the good and rea- ings. Section 1, “Ecumenical and Plural- sonable. Mannion therefore pleads for T he globe is becoming intercon- ist Contexts and Questions,” deals with humble, patient dialogue, an ongoing, nected at an increasingly quick community formation in border realms revisable, open-ended conversation that pace. We are thinking differently where religions and cultures meet, rang- by its process and not merely its conclu- about what it means to be human, in- ing from the geographical boundary of sions draws us together. dividually and in community; religions India and Pakistan to feminist reflections Even history is not safe, since un- are interacting more and more, and are on power and community in the church. derstanding others requires reconsid- changing because of these encounters; Section 2, “Church, Inclusivity, and Di- ering old stories from fresh, disturbing the reality of global Christianity is com- versity,” seeks models for a more inclu- angles. Paul M. Collins reminds us how ing home to us, as Christians in Africa, sive church. Section 3, “Constructive Roberto de Nobili, a great missionary India, and elsewhere critique the Euro- Explorations for the Future,” asks how scholar who adapted himself brilliantly American vision of church. It is tempt- churches can accommodate change and to Indian culture, is today problematic, ing to settle for part of the picture: just balance the necessary elements of conti- given how he embraced the hierarchies ecumenism, just liberal or conservative nuity and ongoing diversification. of caste that we would consider oppres- views, just Americ
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