When Practice Precedes Theory: A Study of Interfaith Ritual, by Jeannine Hill Fletcher

Challenging the deductive method in interfaith theologies derived from first principles of doctrine, the practices of inter-riting often precede (and transgress) the theoretical assertions of theology. This study centers on three spheres of inter-riting undertaken by “professional” theologians, “exploratory” practitioners of interfaith dialogue, and “pedagogical” sites of interfaith classrooms. Interfaith ritual newly informs theory and theology with respect to concrete practices. As embodied, it also necessarily includes our racialized differences, inviting the fields of interfaith studies and interreligious theology to examine more fully the racial dimension of our discourses.

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