What do the EBTs say about interfaith dialog or cooperation? If they don’t address the issue explicitly, what can be extracted to address the topic from the teachings of the Buddha or the conduct of his disciples?
I was inspired to ask this question after reading Paul Tillich’s Christianity and the Encounter of World Religions. He describes a kind of universalism he sees in the early period of his tradition:
Early Christianity did not consider itself as a radical-exclusive, but rather as the all-inclusive religion in the sense of the saying ‘All that is true anywhere in the world belongs to us, the Christians’… [Famous words of Jesus should be translated to read] ‘You must be all-inclusive as your heavenly Father is all-inclusive’.
He explains in this chapter that his view of inter-religious thought allows for a “dialectical” approach combining both rejection and acceptance, and this acceptance would be subject to certain theological restrictions. Regardless, I was struck by the use of all-inclusive.
So what do you think?