Transforming Interreligious Relations


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CATHOLIC MEDIA ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD, 1st Place, Ecumenism and Interfaith

This comprehensive and historical work surveys the changes in the demographic, social, cultural, and religious landscape in the United States over the last half-century, and the ways in which Christians in this setting relate to the traditional religions of Africa and Latin America, and to the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions.

“A virtual encyclopedia of U.S. Catholic interreligious relations. Pulling no punches, Lefebure shows us the good, bad, and ugly in Catholic history as well as inspiring possibilities going forward. A must-read for Catholics who want to speak intelligently about the religious other.”--Peter Feldmeier, author, Experiments in Buddhist-Christian Encounter

 “Transforming Interreligious Relations tells the story of a nation and church learning to live in a religiously diverse society. It is a tale that reveals ignorance and intolerance; more importantly, it traces advances in knowledge and understanding. A book that is crucial for our time!”--Mary C. Boys, author, Redeeming Our Sacred Story: The Death of Jesus and Relations between Jews and Christians

“This comprehensive review of Catholic responses to religious pluralism in the U.S. comes at a time when religious voices speaking together is so important for addressing the challenges that we now face. It will remain a reference point for years to come.”--Robert J. Schreiter, CPPS, author, Constructing Local Theologies

“Leo Lefebure has been one of the most prolific and discerning contributors to interreligious relations since Vatican II . . . .  Here he summarizes what he has learned from his involvement with Muslims, Jews, and the Asian religious communities and the implications of his learnings for contemporary Catholic identity and spirituality.”--John T. Pawlikowski, OSM, author, Christ in the Light of Christian-Jewish Dialogue

“Timely! This concise yet thorough history of Catholics and pluralism in the U.S. highlights connections between religion, race, ethnicity, and American identity. Lefebure's discussion [is] striking for its substantive engagement with indigenous religions—too often ignored in books on interreligious dialogue.”--Rita George-Tvrtković, author, Christians, Muslims, and Mary: A History

Leo D. Lefebure is Matteo Ricci, S.J., Professor of Theology at Georgetown University and a Berkley Center faculty fellow. A priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, his authored books include Revelation, the Religions, and Violence and True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions.                

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Transforming Interreligious Relations
Catholic Responses to Religious Pluralism in the United States
Leo D. Lefebure
Foreword by Peter C. Phan

Introduction (Lefebure_Transforming_Intro.pdf, 221 Kb) [Download]

Table of Contents (Lefebure_Transforming_TOC.pdf, 144 Kb) [Download]