The Faiths of Others A History of Interreligious Dialogue Thomas Albert Howard

Publication date:
13 Jul 2021
Yale University Press
376 pages: 235 x 156 x 25mm
15 b-w illus.
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The first intellectual history of interreligious dialogue, a relatively new and significant dimension of human religiosity

In recent decades, organizations committed to interreligious or interfaith dialogue have proliferated, both in the Western and non‑Western worlds. Why? How so? And what exactly is interreligious dialogue? These are the touchstone questions of this book, the first major history of interreligious dialogue in the modern age. Thomas Albert Howard narrates and analyzes several key turning points in the history of interfaith dialogue before examining, in the conclusion, the contemporary landscape.
While many have theorized about and practiced interreligious dialogue, few have attended carefully to its past, connecting its emergence and spread with broader developments in modern history. Interreligious dialogue—grasped in light of careful, critical attention to its past—holds promise for helping people of diverse faith backgrounds to foster cooperation and knowledge of one another while contributing insight into contemporary, global religious pluralism.

Thomas Albert Howard is professor of humanities and history and holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University, where he is affiliated with Christ College.

“Significant and deeply researched...A must-read on interfaith dialogue”—Brian Cooper, Church of England Newspaper

“A fascinating and compelling read.”—Mark Chapman, University of Oxford

“Thomas Albert Howard has the gift of writing history in a captivating way, with great erudition and mastery of sources. This is a truly impressive piece of scholarship.”—Catherine Cornille, Boston College