“The impetus for this focus was the perception that a Christocentric theme such as this might run the risk of being understood as a universalist claim,” writes editor Rev. Dr Peniel Rajkumar in the editorial that opens the issue that has the title “Rooted in Experience: Understanding Christ and Christ’s Love Interreligiously.”
The issue takes as a starting point the concept of the “dialogical imperative” proposed by theologian David Lochhead, according to which Christians are propelled to seek and make themselves open to dialogue as an expression of living out Jesus Christ's command to love.
“This dialogical imperative enfolds in it a dual dynamic: the possibility of re‐encountering Christ and Christ's love through an interreligious lens and the responsibility of re‐enacting Christ's life and love in a multireligious world,” notes Rajkumar.
As well as articles exploring the theme of Christ’s love from different religious perspectives, the issue includes a documentation section that includes an exploration of the impact of the COVID‐19 pandemic on faith communities, and a set of book reviews.
Current Dialogue is produced annually with its own identity and editorial team by the publisher Wiley as a special issue of the WCC quarterly, The Ecumenical Review, which has been published by Wiley on behalf of the WCC since 2009.
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