The Dialogue of Religious Experience: Theory and Practice
Version of Record online: 17 JUL 2012
© 2012 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2012 The Dominican Council.
Volume 94, Issue 1051, pages 278–294, May 2013
How to Cite
Friday, J. R. (2013), The Dialogue of Religious Experience: Theory and Practice. New Blackfriars, 94: 278–294. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2012.01496.x
- Issue online: 2 APR 2013
- Version of Record online: 17 JUL 2012
- Bernard Lonergan;
- Dialogue of Religious Experience;
- Interreligious Dialogue;
- Louis Roy;
- Transcendent Experience
For several decades the official teaching office of the Roman Catholic Church has consistently invoked the notion of religious experience as a category for interrelgious dialogue. Moreover, the Church has appealed to the so-called dialogue of religious experience as a means of encouraging its members to constructively engage with persons who are committed to ‘other’ religious traditions. This essay seeks to develop a systematic understanding of religious experience as well as the dialogue associated with it. Subsequent to summarizing the recent magisterial teaching on the dialogue of religious experience, the essay continues by probing the meaning of religious experience as such, particularly with the assistance of the theological insights of Bernard Lonergan and Louis Roy. The essay concludes by acknowledging some of the limitations that persist in connection with the dialogue of religious experience, namely, those that inevitably arise when considering the particularity of the incarnation and the necessity of the Church for salvation.