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Title: Embracing Diversity
Subtitle: Reflections on the Transformation of Christian Identity
Author(s): KALSKY, Manuela
Journal: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue
Volume: 17    Issue: 2   Date: 2007   
Pages: 221-231
DOI: 10.2143/SID.17.2.2024008

Abstract :
Because of migration movements, associated with globalization, people in Western Europe feel uncertain about their identity. Migrants appear to form new identities in their new home and also to retain their original identities. This article argues that society should be open to this shaping of new multiple identities. These fluid and hybrid identities have become subject of theological discussions as well. Insights from post-colonial studies are used to criticize exclusive concepts of truth in Christianity. The article points out that there is a development towards multiple religious belonging in Europe. Diversity is not a threat but an enrichment. With respect to interreligious dialogue, this implies the importance of seeing oneself through the eyes of the other and to set up common ethical projects. We need religious polyphonic communities, searching for the good life for all, em­bracing life in its diversity.

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