Dialogue in 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.

Vision Statement
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.

Founding Board
Carrie Graham
Matthew Krabill
Melody Wachsmuth
Cory Willson

Editors
Cory Willson and Matthew Krabill

 

 

Consultants
Martin Accad
James Butler
Erin Dufault-Hunter
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
C. Douglas McConnell
Richard J. Mouw
Evelyne Reisacher
J. Dudley Woodberry

Design
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.