Filed in Articles by on March 18, 2014

History of dialogue among the people of different cultures, different religions and ideologies is as old as the human civilization itself; so also the methodology applied in such exercises. Plato immortalized the process, and the method, through his most loved treatise on the life of his Guru, Socrates, and other philosophical works. Twentieth century can be marked as the century of dialogues. There was hardly any sphere of human life, and concern, that was not, directly or indirectly, affected by this process. Many wars were averted, many disputes were settled, many problems were solved and many crises were resolved with the help of this process of understanding and reconciliation. The process must go on if the same peace and harmony has to be maintained and enhanced in this century too. Human life today is multi-dimensional; the fast expanding globalization process is forcing many unwilling humans to accept the fact, if they would like to survive the onslaught of the process. Pluralism is not only a part of human personality; it is the very part of social, political, economic and religious situation of the world in which we find ourselves to live in. In the context of religious pluralism, a reality all around the world, an exploration into different religions and cultures will strengthen communal harmony among the members of emerging global villages. This exploration leads us into dialogue with people of different faiths and cultures, recognizing their existence, acknowledging positive elements, without compromising religious convictions. The church leaders – ministerial as well as lay, along with the Christian community in general, needs to be educated/trained for this task in the this millennium.

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