Faith, Reason & Dialogue (Manila, 2020)

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In the history of the Catholic Church both faith and reason have been instrumental in the conversion of Rome and its eventual triumph in Europe, from which it has spread across the world through both cross and sword. Yet the dawn of the Second Vatican Council (Vat. II) provided the opportunity for ecumenism with Orthodox Churches and Protestantism, but more so it laid down guidelines for possible interfaith and intercultural dialogue with the immense cultural and intellectual heritages of the East particularly the great traditions of Asia. This marked a movement in evangelization from cross and sword to the opportunity of listening to the other culture. 2020 marks the 55th anniversary since the closing of Vat. II and since then numerous documents have focused especially on the theme of dialogue: Fides et Ratio, Ad Gentes: Decree on the Mission Activity of the Church, Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to non-Christian Religions, Evangelii Nuntiandi: Dialogue in Mission, and Redemptoris Missio: Dialogue and Proclamation, among others. Coincidentally, the University convenes this conference in anticipation of the 500th year Jubilee of the Christianization of the Philippines in 2021. In view of all these, COMIUCAP invites Scholars from all continents to reflect on the engagement of faith, reason, and dialogue in today’s world, particularly in the rich opportunity of listening to cultures from the East. – For further information, please, click here.