Collationes: Vlaams tijdschrift voor theologie en pastoraal vol:38 issue:4 pages:421-444
Interreligious dialogue is one of the major challenges for contemporary theology. Especially, the so-called ‘dialogical tension’ between openness and identity keep theologians busy: Can one maintain one’s religious identity without closing oneself toward the other? In general, the reflection on interreligious dialogue begins by a theological reflection on religious plurality. The idea is that one cannot, from a Christian perspective, seriously engage in interreligious dialogue without a sound theology of religions. This article critically assesses the various models (exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism, particularism) for a Christian theology of religions in view of the challenge of interreligious dialogue, by asking how these models relate to the dialogical tension between openness and identity. I will argue that we need to overcome the classical theological approach of religious plurality and move into the direction of a hermeneutics of interreligious hospitality.