'A rose by any other name?': Navigating through the Maze of Religious Dialogue Descriptions

Anton Karl Kozlovic


The field of religious dialogue is fraught with a bewildering variety of names to describe essentially four basic interrelationships, namely: (a) interreligious dialogue, (b) intrareligious dialogue, (c) interideological dialogue, and (d) intraideological dialogue. These taxonomic relationships, other naming variants, and a survey of evaluative dialogue labels were identified and briefly explicated. It was concluded that academic precision requires a more thoughtful consideration of what one actually means by "dialogue." General nomenclature recommendations were proffered.

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