The author takes first steps toward theologically unpacking the growing, but often unnoticed, interreligious dialogue occurring among the world’s “popular” religions. Christian theologies of religions in the last forty years have directed considerable attention to theological dialogue with non-Christian religions. However, these have seldom methodically analyzed the universe of the so-called “popular” religions — the actual religions of the vast majority of humankind. Much less have theologians wondered about the mutual impact that these “popular” religions might have on each other at the “popular” level. Building on earlier writings on culture, popular religion, and interculturality, the author’s addresses these lacunae, arguing that an important grassroots interreligious dialogue very often follows human migrations.
Orlando O. Espín, “Migrations and Unexpected Interreligious Dialogue,” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 12 (2007) 4-17.