Gerard V. Hall SM
Do we come to the table of dialogue with a religious spirit—which represents gratitude to God and openness to one’s neighbour—or do we come with not-so-hidden agendas based on threats and stereotypes? If so, there can be no true dialogue. The participants will not meet the ‘other’ but some ‘false image’ of the other which will serve only ongoing enmity and mutual suspicion.
Originally published in the Australian eJournal of Theology, vol. 15, no. 1, 2010. Republished here by kind permission.