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November 21-24, 2015

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Ecclesiological Investigations Group and Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group and Vatican II Studies Group and SBL Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts Group

Call for Papers: 

Inter-Religious Dialogue in Our Times: The Legacy of Nostra Aetate

The Second Vatican Council represents a shift in the attitude of the Catholic Church towards non-Christian religions both at the theological and existential level. This was manifest especially in the declaration Nostra Aetate, approved and promulgated fifty years ago, on October 28, 1965: “The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions” (Vatican II, Nostra Aetate, par. 2).

We welcome proposals on the following topics related to the declaration of Vatican II Nostra Aetate on non-Christian religions:
• The appreciation of the importance of the Jewish people and their covenant for Christians in Nostra Aetate paragraph 4.
• The role of the Buddhism and Hinduism as “religiones antiquae” (paragraph 2), and of Muslims (paragraph 3) in relationship to Judaism in the history of the text of Nostra Aetate.
• The role of the Shoah in placing the "Jewish question" on the conciliar agenda and the political and religious history of the Middle East as the background of the theological debates on inter-religious dialogue in the (Catholic) Church(es) in the 1960 and at Vatican II.
• The intervention of political-diplomatic tensions between Israel and Arab countries in the agenda of Vatican II about inter-religious dialogue.
• The reception of Nostra Aetate in its intertwining with the history of religious coexistence in these last 50 years.
• The role of Nostra Aetate and its reception in the theology of religions, in comparative theology and in inter-religious dialogue today.

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