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Early Christian Eschatology as a Model for the Modern Practice of Interfaith Dialogue—An Eschatological Model

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By looking back through religious history, there is the potential to construct a model, based on early Christian eschatology, which can be helpful in interfaith dialogue. The model is most effective among the three Abrahamic religions because of their shared roots. When exploring a new model, it is important to recognize that increasing diversity will make application particular, not universal. In the context of early twenty first-century Europe, people publicly practiced and adhered to increasingly diverse religious traditions. As the model in this chapter is based on early Christian eschatology, the model is entitled eschatological dialogue. The aim of presenting a new model is to provide people, who engage in the study of religion, an additional tool for approaching interfaith dialogue. Eschatological dialogue is grounded in one aspect of a significant strand within early Christian eschatology, and this aspect of early Christianity includes an expectation of an end of time.

Keywords: early Christian eschatology; eschatological dialogue; interfaith dialogue



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