The Role of Interreligious and Interfaith Dialogue in the Post-Secular World

Biljana Popovska, Zhanet Ristoska, Pablo Payet

Abstract:
Today, western liberal democratic societies are secular, or in other words, religion is set apart from the state. However, the beginning of the 21st century has seen a re-politicizing of the religion. This paper argues that religion plays an important role in current global politics and events. Moreover, it has been used as tool to recruit masses for a wrong cause. Hence, Interreligious and interfaith dialog can play a role of catalysts and a future trend in cultural diplomacy. The paper provides definitions of a secular and post secular society. Then, it discusses the general concept of dialogue and explores it from an interreligious and interfaith point of view as a way to mitigate the role religion has undertaken. Finally, it provides examples of what European Union has been doing in that respect.

Keywords:
politics; religious communities; religion; nation; secular; post secular; interreligious; interfaith; dialogue

Full text available in PDF: Academicus-MMXVII-16-033-044.pdf

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.medra.org/10.7336/academicus.2017.16.02

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