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Circling the ElephantA Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity$
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John J. Thatamanil

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288526

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288526.001.0001

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The Hospitality of Receiving

The Hospitality of Receiving

Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Interreligious Learning

(p.193) 6 The Hospitality of Receiving
Circling the Elephant

John J. Thatamanil

Fordham University Press

This chapter demonstrates that interreligious learning is not just a desirable project to be pursued by academics alone. Interreligious learning has taken place prominently in public life and with world transforming significance. The circuit of learning between M. K. Gandhi, his teachers, and other black leaders of the American Civil Rights movement is an exemplary instance of interreligious learning and the virtue of interreligious receptivity. By taking a brief look at this momentous engagement across religious traditions and the profound transformations generated by this auspicious instance of interreligious learning, this chapter shows that constructive theology through interreligious learning has already transpired to great public good.

Keywords:   Sarah Azaransky, Mohandas K. Gandhi, hospitality of receiving, interreligious hospitality, Martin Luther King Jr., nonviolence, open inclusivism

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