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From Apologetics to Self-confidence. A New Form of Interreligious Dialogue.

Rabbi Ute Steyer* | 01.10.2019

Lecture given at the ICCJ conference 2019 in Lund/Sweden, June 30.[more]

Jewish Views of Christianity: Some Reflections

Raphael Jospe* | 01.09.2019

Much has been written in recent years on Jewish-Christian relations, including developments in Jewish attitudes towards Christianity. … [more]

Regina Coeli: A Jewish Source?

Raphael Jospe* | 03.07.2019

The famous Latin hymn of the Roman Catholic Church, “Regina Coeli” (alt. “Regina Caeli”), which goes back to the 12th century, praises Mary, the mother of Jesus, as “Queen of Heaven.”[1][more]

Structures of Violence and the Denigration of Law in Christian Thought[1]

Barbara U. Meyer* | 02.06.2019

This article examines three major patterns of violence in Christian theological thought traditions: supersessionism (the idea that Christianity replaced Judaism), realized eschatology (the presentation of a promised future of reconciliation as basically already present in the world today), and inclusivism (the Christian impulse to integrate others as a universalist aim). Previous scholars have examined these patterns separately, but they have not previously been discussed in a comprehensive effort to analyze Christian thinking habits of degrading others, in particular Judaism.[more]

Dialogical Theology Moored in Buber’s Dialogical Philosophy

Ephraim Meir* | 01.05.2019

A growing interreligious theology is a challenge for any confessional theology. In confessional theology, one reflects first of all upon the own tradition and only in a second step upon the relation with other religions. … [more]

Reflections on the recent Orthodox Jewish Statements on Jewish-Catholic Relations

David Rosen | 01.03.2019

It is not surprising that the new era of Christian–Jewish relations was pioneered by the more liberal trends within the two faith traditions. The modern age of enlightenment and emancipation led to the emergence of new streams of Judaism and brought Jews increasingly into the social mainstream leading to the growing reevaluation of the Jewish-Christian relationship. … [more]

Martin Buber’s Sweet Sacrament of Dialogue

Kenneth P. Kramer* | 31.12.2018

Martin Buber (1878-1965) stands among the most significant philosophers of the 20th century. While many studies have attempted to summarize the scope of Buber’s writings, here I will highlight some key implications of Buber’s basic insight that there exists a deeply reciprocal bond between genuine interhuman dialogue and the divine-human relationship. … [more]

Elie Wiesel as Theologian

Michaël de Saint-Chéron | 01.12.2018

Please let me begin by commenting on what Jean Duchesne has just quoted from Cardinal Aron Jean-Marie Lustiger. Lustiger held that there are not simply Jews on the one hand, and Christians on the other; there are also baptized Jews. But where does that leave Christians who were born of a Jewish mother, or father, and who turn their backs to Jesus and become Jewish? That was the choice I made. It is as Jew who once was Catholic that I address you today. … [more]

Reconciliation in Judaism and Christianity. A Catholic Persepective

Markus Himmelbauer | 02.11.2018

Lecture given at ICCJ's conference in Budapest ("Towards Reconciliation in a Broken World: Jewish and Christian Contributions to Responsible Citizenship"), 25 June, 2018.[more]

The Pope and the Rabbi

Lisa Palmieri-Billig* | 02.10.2018

Often, direct person-to-person communication will achieve better results than all formal utterances “about” an issue. This seems to have been the case with a personal exchange of letters in their common language of German, between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Joseph Ratzinger and the Chief Rabbi of Vienna Arie Folger. … [more]