Interreligious Friendship after Nostra aetate.
Interreligious Friendship after Nostra aetate. Edited by James Fredericks and Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015. Pp. viii + 229. $95.
Without exaggeration, Vatican II's declaration Nostra aetate has substantially changed how Catholics are to relate to members of other religious traditions. Gone are the days that the Church could easily dismiss non-Christian religions as human-made traditions or superstitions. This 180-degree change of attitude came about through personal friendships of the prelates and periti at the Council that redirected the interreligious conversations in a positive direction. In commemoration of that momentous event, Fredericks and Sayuki Tiemeier of Loyola Marymount University teamed up to edit a substantive volume on interreligious friendship, moving from an abstract discussion on interreligious dialogue to personal testimonies of Catholic religious scholars and theologians on their encounter and friendship with the religious others.
The 16 stories are snapshots of the authors' insights, gratitude, and collaboration with Jews (Mary C. Boys, John C. Cavadini, Elena Procario-Foley, David C. Burrell), Muslims (Marianne Farina, Rita George-Tvrtkovic, Bradley J. Malkovsky), Hindus (Francis X. Clooney, Reid B. Locklin, Tracy Sayuki Tiemeier), Buddhists (Karen B. Enriquez, James L. Fredericks, Peter C. Phan, Rosemary Radford Ruether), and African religionists (SimonMary Asese Aihiokhai, Marinus Chijioke Iwuchukwu). Each chapter recounts how the friendship with religious others has developed and brings meaning to the authors' lives as teachers, mentors, colleagues, partners, and family. These friendships, whether brief or extended, professional or personal, leave a long-lasting effect and foster a new understanding and appreciation of one's own tradition and that of the others.
Interreligious friendship is not a new phenomenon. It was put into practice by Matteo Ricci in China and Robert di Nobili in India, among others. Still, in the present context of religious pluralism in the United States, this book is a substantial addition to growing body of literature on interreligious studies. Readers who are interested in interreligious dialogue and relations may benefit from these personal accounts. And hopefully, these stories will inspire further interreligious exchange and dialogues of life and collaboration.
DOI: 10.1 177/0040563915619978
Anh Q.Tran, S.J.
Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
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|Date:||Mar 1, 2016|
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