This chapter highlights the Catholic Church's pivot to interreligious dialogue at the Second Vatican Council. It argues that it can be seen as both symbol and catalyst for a broad range of similar developments. Since the council, the word dialogue has acquired an almost talismanic property in various religious circles and beyond. The chapter also offers the discourse of some scholars about the global “interfaith movement,” arguing that the movement is marked by highly scattered development and diffusive energies. Achingly idealistic and well intentioned in its aims, it is also a movement confronted by fundamental challenges and potent criticisms. The chapter then sketches the aspects of the contemporary scene before calling attention to several criticisms as well as highlighting various promising ideas and initiatives.
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