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Intercultural and Inter-Religious Dialogue in Europe: Are the EU and the Council of Europe Participants or Arbiters of the Dialogue

Jackson, Darrell R. (2012) Intercultural and Inter-Religious Dialogue in Europe: Are the EU and the Council of Europe Participants or Arbiters of the Dialogue. In: Mission in Context: Explorations inspired by J. Andrew Kirk. Ashgate Publioshing Limited, Farnham, pp. 139-154. ISBN 9781409410034

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Abstract

In 2007, the EU's attention was focused on its 'Year of Intercultural Dialogue'.
Space was created for the religious communities to participate in the dialogue but little attention was paid to the collective experience of over fifty years of intercultural dialogue, conducted by the Conference of European Churches, the Catholic Bishops Conference, and other pan-European Christian bodies.
This chapter argues that the EU failed to exercise a role as a cultural dialogue partner (despite the secular cultural values it tends to assume as normative) and embraced uncritically the role of arbiter. This characteristic stance undermines the ability of the EU to understand its religiously-inspired interlocutors.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Europe, European Union, intercultural, inter-religious, dialogue, secular, Churches of Europe, Newbigin, Kirk
Fields of Research: 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
Type of Activity: Experimental Development
Subjects: D - Ecumenical Studies
D - Ethics / Moral Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: Morling College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 01:52
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2018 04:38
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2650

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