At the close of the 50th year since promulgation of Vatican II’s declaration on Christian relations with other religions, relations between Christians and Jews, and between Christians and Muslims, are freshly explored in the just-released issue of Current Dialogue.
The publication, now in its 58th issue, is compiled and edited by the World Council of Churches (WCC) programme on Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation.
The issue features a dozen Christian and Jewish theologians reflecting on the state of Jewish-Christian relations today and whether there exists a “special relationship” between the two religious traditions. In a related feature, Lawrence H. Schiffman writes on “what Jewish-Christian relations in antiquity can teach us today.”
Also spotlighted are reports on Christian and Muslim women’s efforts at peacebuilding and reflections on ongoing efforts to understand the connections of religion and violence. The latter theme constitutes a specific focus of the WCC’s Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace in 2016 and 2017 and received plenary attention at the WCC’s central committee last June in Trondheim, Norway.