Religious Pluralism without Relativism
“Can we move from mere toleration to mutual acceptance?” asked Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) at a 1994 conference attended by Bar Ilan University Jewish philosopher Raphael Jospe. In his lecture, sponsored by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning and the theology department, Jospe says the Cardinal’s question had “a profound influence on my own thought as I’ve attempted to develop a Jewish paradigm for pluralism.” He describes the Jewish teachings from which he concludes that accepting other religions’ legitimacy is not tantamount to relativism. Jospe has authored or edited eight books on Jewish philosophy and history. Francis Sullivan, SJ, theology department adjunct professor, presents a Catholic perspective following Jospe’s remarks.
Date: February 19, 2007
Location: McGuinn 5th Floor Lounge