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Religion: Why so many?
Many religions in history (8 major religions, in chronological order):
Hinduism, Judaism, Taoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism
Why are there so many?
Always understand truth from our own cultural perspective
Telescope analogy: trying to find Mystery by looking at the entire universe, we want to see the whole picture,
but stars are really far away (like God is hard to understand), so we need to use a telescope, but we can only see
part of the universe through the telescope.
1 Corinthians 13:12 - Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I
know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
Truth can only be discovered through dialogue
Purpose of dialogue in world religions:
to say everything is good and true
People are going to come up with different perspectives and idea, but they are not all right and
is the philosophical position that holds that since we can never be absolutely sure
about truth, we can’t really judge the other
to form one universal religion
is the putting together of a new universal religion out of the best parts of different
to impose views on other person
is the imposing of religious views and values on another person.
To find common ground
Dialogue with emphasis on global responsibility
Human suffering, poverty, abuse of power, violence, and environmental problems
are a common system of values of nations and peoples of the world in
regards to society. (Declaration of a Global Ethic of the World Parliament of
Religions in Chicago, 1993)
Dialogue of prayer
Attempt to use other forms of prayer- meditation (World Day of Prayer, 1986 in
John Paul II, also repeated in 2002)
Studying scriptures, doctrine, practice (documents, ritual