Encounters with the Religious ‘Other’: From One True Religion to Interreligious Dialogue
Drawing on Professor José Casanova’s broader project on the Jesuits and globalization, this seminar addressed how religions have moved from the Mosaic monotheistic distinction of "true" and "false" religion and the related system of classification of one "true religion" in contradistinction to all others—"schismatics" (Orthodox Christians), "heretics" (Protestants and other sects), "infidels" (Jews and Muslims), and "pagans" (idolatrous heathens)—to a global system of religious pluralism and interreligious dialogue, by revisiting the Chinese Rites Controversy and other Jesuit encounters with the religious "other."
This workshop was the first of three sponsored this spring by the Normative Orders Collaborative, an interdisciplinary and international effort to foster thinking about moral change and moral innovation. The collaborative is a trilateral effort wherein Georgetown University and Fudan University (Shanghai) will work with and extend the pioneering efforts of the Cluster of Excellence on the Formation of Normative Orders at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany. The centerpiece of Georgetown’s contribution to this effort was a full-year faculty and graduate student seminar on moral innovation led in 2014-2015 by professors Henry Richardson and Terry Pinkard.