CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR CO-EXISTENCE

A Sri Lankan Christian Perspective

Authors

  • Paul Rohan

Keywords:

Plurality, diversity, interreligious dialogue, coexistence

Abstract

God has revealed himself in many different ways and this has given rise to various religious traditions. The principal function of religion is to be a link (re+ligare) with God. However, in the history of the world, the religions have deviated from this noble purpose. The present world order with its conflicts, violence, injustice, discrimination, anti-life concepts and unjust practices raises the fundamental question: “Are thereligions contributing to human wellbeing and harmony or have they given rise to various forms of extremism and violence that will eventually destroy the world?”
Sri Lanka, a small island-nation, contains four religious traditions existing side by side and, therefore, provides an opportunity to explore how interfaith dialogue and collaboration can contribute to the harmonious coexistence of a multi-religious society. This article discusses the ground reality of religious plurality in Sri Lanka and concludes that religiousplurality can provide an opportunity for coexistence among religious traditions.

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Published

2021-12-20