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Title: Narrative Traditions and Public Debate
Subtitle: Christian and Muslim Perspectives
Author(s): KOSTER, Edwin
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 13 Issue: 1 Date: 2003
The article concerns the relation between the particularity of (religious) traditions and the possibility of public debate. Is the fact that people are situated and embedded in a tradition an unsurpassable threshold for a real dialogue about, for instance, what is to be human? In the first section of the article the author explains the concept of 'narrative tradition'. The second deals with the insider/outsider problem in relation to the possibility of a public debate among believers of different religious traditions. This discussion is elaborated upon in the next section, rejecting the neutral stance in the study of religion. The fourth section describes an important type of story in a particular religious tradition: the Gospels of the Christian tradition. It is demonstrated that even narratives as one of the most tradition-dependent elements are open to understanding for people outside the Christian tradition. The fifth section is a revision of the insider/outsider problem, based on the analysis of the fourth section. The last section sums up some concluding remarks about the public debate between members of narrative traditions such as Christianity and Islam.