Epilogue: Challenges and Further Reflections
There is a growing awareness that all knowing is conditioned by a variety of human factors and that any pretension to objectivity and absoluteness in knowledge is misplaced. The transcendent has refused to disappear, and, faced with the risks and uncertainties of life, people seem to be turning again to religion in some form (1996: 68)
Arguments in favour of religion will please believers, as arguments showing its obscurantism will please non-believers. At the same time each view will be a challenge or maybe even offensive to the other, a concept that we have painstakingly established as fundamental to the theory and practice of dialogue. It is not that arguments have to be avoided at all cost so that the ‘other’ is not offended, but all arguments have to be built into the nexus of relationships with the ‘other’, based on respect for the ‘other/s’, their traditions and texts.
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