Fortress Press

Strangers or Co-Pilgrims?: The Impact of Interfaith Dialogue on Christian Faith and Practice

Strangers or Co-Pilgrims?

The Impact of Interfaith Dialogue on Christian Faith and Practice

S. Wesley Ariarajah (Author)


This book argues that interfaith dialogue begins with the basic goal of improving Christian relationships with people of other religious traditions. But gradually we become aware that this new ministry, when taken seriously, presents many new challenges, forcing us to reexamine our approach to religious plurality and our theology of religions. It also raises questions on how we read the Bible, understand Christian mission, and do theological reflections in a multifaith context. As the title of the volume suggests, the emergence and growth of interfaith dialogue has been looked upon by some as a threat to the future of Christianity and its mission in the world. Others consider dialogue a phenomenon that will give new vitality and relevance to Christianity in a religiously plural world. 

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9781506433677
  • eBook ISBN 9781506433684
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Pages 256
  • Publication Date November 1, 2017


An indispensable reference work on interfaith dialogue.

"Only a theologian of S. W. Ariarajah's masterful command of the Christian tradition and decades of experience in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue can produce such a work as this. Comprehensive in scope yet focused on details, theologically balanced yet path-breaking, realistic yet hopeful in its assessment of future possibilities for interreligious understanding, the book is the fruit of a lifetime of profound scholarship and committed activities in the service of the Christian faith. An indispensable reference work on interfaith dialogue, it will be, I predict and hope, widely used and much appreciated."

Peter C. Phan | Georgetown University

A splendid collection.

"This book promises to be a splendid collection that articulates clearly and courageously both the challenges and the opportunities that Christian meet when they seriously engage other religious believers. I expect that it will serve well in both college classes and parish discussion groups." 

Paul F. Knitter | Emeritus, Union Theological Seminary

Irenic in style, clear in scholarship, and firm in conviction

"This fine volume represents the summation over many years of one of the most distinguished theorists and practitioners in the fields of interfaith dialogue and theology of religions. Anyone who has doubts about the imperative to dialogue because of fears of downplaying Christian commitment will have their eyes opened and heart stirred by Ariarajah’s deep attachment both to his own faith and to the values of reciprocal learning when faiths meet in open and respectful encounter. Ariarajah demonstrates how we have long passed the era when Christians need theological permission for dialogue and that there is every reason for advancing the expectation that God has been at work in all religions and cultures. Irenic in style, clear in scholarship, and firm in conviction about the need to embrace the ‘wider ecumenism’, these essays bear the positive virtues of one for whom, in his own words, “dialogue challenges us to change and renewal.” For embarking on such an adventure we could have no better guide than Wesley Ariarajah."

Rev. Dr. Alan Race | St. Philip's Centre