Interformation

The Ethics of Interreligious Ritual Participation

Authors

  • Jon Paul Sydnor Emmanuel College, Boston

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/isit.33604

Keywords:

insider-outsider, Protestant Christians, ritual participation, interreligious dialogu, interreligious ethics

Abstract

Under which circumstances should Protestant Christians participate in the ritual of the religious other? And when should we invite the religious other to participate in our own rituals? These questions raise a host of theological and ethical issues. This chapter will analyse several cases of interreligious ritual participation from a variety of analytical perspectives. The discussion is of critical contemporary importance, as people of faith enter into situations of interreligious practice more frequently. Whether attending a roommate’s synagogue, a neighbour’s mosque, a relative’s church, or a coworker’s temple, opportunities to transgress ritual boundaries are numerous. At the same time, the permutations of the various interreligious situations severely complicate any analysis. Nevertheless, the interreligious decisions we make have spiritual implications for the individuals involved, sociological implications for their communities, and political implications for the broader society. Since the decisions are so consequential, we must make them with theological and ethical awareness. This chapter elucidates some theological and ethical implications of interreligious ritual participation. It concludes by offering guidelines for participation in the rituals of other religious traditions, while acknowledging that the variety of possible situations demands a contextual ethic.

Author Biography

Jon Paul Sydnor, Emmanuel College, Boston

Jon Paul Sydnor teaches at Emmanuel College. He is also theologian-in-residence at Grace Community Boston.

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Published

2017-09-21

How to Cite

Sydnor, J. P. (2017). Interformation: The Ethics of Interreligious Ritual Participation. Interreligious Studies and Intercultural Theology, 1(2), 187–205. https://doi.org/10.1558/isit.33604

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