WORLD RELIGIONS: A Voyage of Discovery. Chapter 1 Studying the World’s Religions. Chapter 1 Beginning the Journey. Why Study World Religions?. to dispel fears and misunderstandings. to gain a better understanding of various human cultures.
Chapter 1 Studying the World’s Religions
Why Study World Religions?
to dispel fears and
to gain a better understanding of various human cultures
to gain a clearer understanding of one’s own faith
to learn from some great sources of wisdom
to gain insights into human beings by understanding their religious activities
to gain a better understanding of humankind’s various civilizations
to foster openness and acceptance of human differences
Catholic Attitude Towards Other Religions
Catholic Attitude Towards Other Religions(continued)
Related Documents from the Second Vatican Council
The Declaration on
The Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions
1. All Catholics are to evangelize the world through dialogue with non-Catholics
2. God offers the gift of salvation to all the nations
3. The scriptures of other religions point to a future of communion with God
4. People from other religious traditions can be recipients of God’s grace
5. Dialogue can be through words, actions, or both.
Regardless of how one chooses to respond, religious questions are an inevitable aspect of our living.
Some people ignore or delay the questions, others seek out religious traditions to find answers, while some drown themselves in some sort of escapism to avoid having to answer them.
Religion is a systematized approach to answer these questions, often drawing from traditions that go back thousands of years.
By its very nature, religion is a communal effort!