This blog is indirectly influenced by Morehead’s Musings. I don’t read it but I know it’s there. I actually checked into it yesterday and discovered that he had posted “The Dialogue Decalogue: Ground Rules for Interreligious Dialogue” by Leonard Swidler.
I think these should be the rules of this blog for everyone who visits.
FIRST COMMANDMENT: The primary purpose of dialogue is to change and grow in the perception and understanding of reality and then to act accordingly.
SECOND COMMANDMENT. Interreligious dialogue must be a two-sided project – within each religious community and between religious communities.
THIRD COMMANDMENT: Each participant must come to the dialogue with complete honest and sincerity.
FOURTH COMMANDMENT: Each participant must assume a similar complete honesty and sincerity in the other partners.
FIFTH COMMANDMENT: Each participant must define himself…. Conversely – the one interpreted must be able to recognize herself in the interpretation.
SIXTH COMMANDMENT: Each participant must come to the dialogue with no hard-and-fast assumptions as to where the points of disagreement are.
SEVENTH COMMANDMENT: Dialogue can take place only between equals.
EIGHTH COMMANDMENT: Dialogue can take place only on the basis of mutual trust.
NINTH COMMANDMENT: Persons entering into interreligious dialogue must be at least minimally self-critical of both themselves and their own religious traditions.
TENTH COMMANDMENT: Each participant eventually must attempt to experience the partner’s religion “from within.”