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Bakhtin on the Nature of Dialogue: Some Implications for Dialogue between Christian Churches

Reid, Duncan (2013) Bakhtin on the Nature of Dialogue: Some Implications for Dialogue between Christian Churches. Temenos: Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 49 (1). pp. 65-82. ISSN 0497-1817


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The paper offers a contribution to the discussion of the role of intercultural issues in dialogue between Christian churches representing differing doctrinal positions. It argues that ecumenical dialogues have in the past focused on doctrinal issues at the expense of cultural differences, which may be just as significant in the relationships, including understandings and misunderstandings, between churches. It proposes that expertise on intercultural communication be also part of ecumenical dialogue. This argument shall be developed in several stages: first, a discussion of belief statements as cultural artefacts; second, a discussion of a recent study of the dynamics of intercultural communication, a study that draws on Bakhtin’s concept of dialogue; and finally the proposal for the application to ecumenical dialogue of the study’s methodological approach to intercultural communication.

Item Type: Published Articles
Additional Information: Expanded version of a conference paper given at the Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, in July 2012.
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Bakhtin, belief, communication, culture, doctrine, ecumenism.
Fields of Research: 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: D - Ecumenical Studies
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Other University of Divinity
Depositing User: Rev Dr Duncan Reid
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2013 03:59
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2013 03:59
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1274

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