By Leonard Swidler
This necessary quantity gathers jointly the cumulative perception of greater than fifty years of Leonard Swidler's paintings on discussion. The founder and president of the discussion Institute, Swidler bargains via event and examine his concept and instruments of interreligious, intercultural, and foreign dialogue.
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On the positive side, serious involvement in joint action and/or spirituality will tend to challenge the previously held intellectual positions and lead to dialogue in the cognitive field. Catholic and Protestant clergy, for example, who found themselves together in the concentration camp Dachau because of joint resistance to one or other Nazi antihuman action, began to ask each other why they did what they did and through dialogue were surprised to learn that they held many more positions in common than that separated them.
Obviously unconscious means not to be aware of something. Also clearly, pre (Latin) means beforehand, and supposition (Latin: sub positio = under position) means something underlying. Hence, a presupposition is an idea that ahead of time underlies another idea or set of ideas. When we speak of an unconscious presupposition, it is one that we are unaware of; it is unconscious. Example: previously, and unfortunately still today, many men and women, thought that women were incapable of clear, rational thought.
Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin) argued that nothing can happen except that God makes it happen, including making humans commit sins that will condemn them to hell for all eternity—the doctrine of predestination. But for followers of Jesus, who depicted God as his loving Father who reaches out to all humans to lead them to himself, this is a clear contradiction, a reductio ad absurdum—a loving God deliberately creating humans not to lead them to God but to hell! This line of critical thinking led many Augustinians, Lutherans, and Calvinists to reject predestination.
Dialogue for Interreligious Understanding: Strategies for the Transformation of Culture-Shaping Institutions by Leonard Swidler