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Title: Dei Verbum, Nostra Aetate and Interfaith Dialogue
Author(s): MOYAERT, Marianne
Journal: Louvain Studies
Volume: 39 Issue: 1 Date: 2015-16
Nostra aetate was the first document in the history of the Church that expressed an appreciation of ‘non-Christian religions’ and announced the Church’s intention to promote friendly interreligious relations. This Declaration is usually read and interpreted in light of Ad gentes, Gaudium et spes, and Lumen gentium, the central question being how God’s universal salvific will relates to the particularity of the Christ event and the Church’s mission. However, NA is less often read in combination with the dogmatic constitution Dei Verbum. This is strange as, apart from its overall importance for the council, DV directly addresses revelation, a crucial question for a theology of religions. In this article, the author claims that the dialogical concept of revelation as formulated in DV is at the basis of the turn towards interreligious dialogue. The understanding of God as revealing himself in human history implies that dialogue becomes part of what it means to be God’s people. Furthermore, reading NA together with DV shows that God has also revealed himself to people of other religions. From this perspective, DV offers an important contribution to a theology of interreligious dialogue.