Ricoeur, Interreligious Literacy and Scriptural Reasoning

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More than ever, society today requires interreligiously literate people. This means people who do not seek the cover of their own symbolic community, where they meet only like-minds, but rather people who, not unlike the Greek God Hermes, have the flexibility to move between different worlds – communicating their convictions in a meaningful way to those who believe differently, and respectfully receiving the convictions of the other such that mutual enrichment and deepened self-understanding may result. Interreligious literacy is an expression of practical wisdom, which one acquires through experience. To achieve this requires pedagogical methods that enable a deep empathetic learning across traditions. This article develops an interreligious pedagogy that is inspired by Ricoeur’s hermeneutical anthropology and is made concrete in a practice called scriptural reasoning. Together with some theoretical reflections, I draw upon my experience as an interreligious educator to explain how scriptural reasoning as a practice of interreligious hospitality functions, the issues it raises, and the possibilities for new interreligious learning it opens up
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-26
Number of pages24
JournalStudies in Interreligious Dialogue
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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