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Double Religious Belonging and Some Commonly Held Ideas about Dialogue and Conversion

Fridlund, Patrik LU (2014) In Mission Studies 31(2). p.255-279
Abstract
There is often a perceived tension between dialogue on the one hand and conversion on the other hand. This article suggests that this tension may be related to religious conviction and religious belonging being seen as monolithic. A basic idea of this article is that there are suggestive empirical findings and relevant conceptual arguments about double religious belonging in a large sense, which lead to a profound questioning, which undermines established views of religion as comprehensive systems. This has implications for conceptions of dialogue and conversion. It is suggested that a consequence of taking into consideration double religious belonging in a broad sense is that established ideas of religions as comprehensive interpretative... (More)
There is often a perceived tension between dialogue on the one hand and conversion on the other hand. This article suggests that this tension may be related to religious conviction and religious belonging being seen as monolithic. A basic idea of this article is that there are suggestive empirical findings and relevant conceptual arguments about double religious belonging in a large sense, which lead to a profound questioning, which undermines established views of religion as comprehensive systems. This has implications for conceptions of dialogue and conversion. It is suggested that a consequence of taking into consideration double religious belonging in a broad sense is that established ideas of religions as comprehensive interpretative schemes are undermined. Instead, one would have to acknowledge the fragmented, partial, and contextual character of religion. Accordingly, interreligious dialogue and conversion must also be understood as diversified, variegated and fragmented phenomena. Dialogue is addressed to specific issues, in precise contexts, regarding particular concerns, and the same could generally be said of the aim to convert others. (Less)
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understanding religion, lived religion, theology of religions, double religious belonging, interreligious dialogue, multiple religious practice, conversion
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Mission Studies
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31
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2
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255 - 279
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Brill Academic Publishers
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0168-9789
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10.1163/15733831-12341336
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English
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  abstract     = {There is often a perceived tension between dialogue on the one hand and conversion on the other hand. This article suggests that this tension may be related to religious conviction and religious belonging being seen as monolithic. A basic idea of this article is that there are suggestive empirical findings and relevant conceptual arguments about double religious belonging in a large sense, which lead to a profound questioning, which undermines established views of religion as comprehensive systems. This has implications for conceptions of dialogue and conversion. It is suggested that a consequence of taking into consideration double religious belonging in a broad sense is that established ideas of religions as comprehensive interpretative schemes are undermined. Instead, one would have to acknowledge the fragmented, partial, and contextual character of religion. Accordingly, interreligious dialogue and conversion must also be understood as diversified, variegated and fragmented phenomena. Dialogue is addressed to specific issues, in precise contexts, regarding particular concerns, and the same could generally be said of the aim to convert others.},
  author       = {Fridlund, Patrik},
  issn         = {0168-9789},
  keyword      = {understanding religion,lived religion,theology of religions,double religious belonging,interreligious dialogue,multiple religious practice,conversion},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {255--279},
  publisher    = {Brill Academic Publishers},
  series       = {Mission Studies},
  title        = {Double Religious Belonging and Some Commonly Held Ideas about Dialogue and Conversion},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15733831-12341336},
  volume       = {31},
  year         = {2014},
}