Context: A Focused Exploration Continues
In the first year of this journal’s life, we concentrated on issues
related to dialogue that were “supra” in nature, ranging from religious
pluralism to convicted civility.
Beginning with our first issue of 2011, which focused on
Muslim-Christian dialogue in Europe, we began an exploration of global
perspectives on interfaith dialogue, addressing context-specific issues that
drive the needs and opportunities for dialogue in contexts around the world.
Broadly speaking, giving primacy to a specific context allows for a measure of
concreteness, creates space for cultural diversity, enables both theology and
missiology to be in conversation, and highlights the concerns of the
practitioner. We hope that by rooting interfaith dialogue in a particular
context, we will accomplish the following:
• Give voice to the daily experiences, issues faced,
and struggles confronted around the world. No two contexts are alike.
• Religious plurality is part and parcel of the
historic foundation and lived experience of many non-Western societies. Toward
that end, insights from the non-Western world may help the global Church understand
how to engage in mission in religiously plural contexts.
• Part of being a truly global Church means that we must listen to one
another, acknowledging both the sufferings and gifts each member contributes to
the wider body.
This journal seeks to create space for evangelical scholars and practitioners to dialogue about the dynamics, challenges, practices, and theology surrounding interfaith work, while remaining faithful to the gospel of Jesus and his mission for his Church.
Cory Willson and Matthew Krabill
C. Douglas McConnell
Richard J. Mouw
J. Dudley Woodberry
Handy Atmali • HA Design
Views expressed in Evangelical Interfaith Dialogue do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or the seminary. Produced in limited quantities. © Copyright 2011 Fuller Theological Seminary.