Two temples, one God: A consideration of Sikh-Christian inter-faith relations in a West Yorkshire urban parish
AbstractThe project is based on the multi-cultural parish of St Thomas, Longroyd Bridge, Huddersfield; and specifically the faith communities at St Thomas's Church, and at the Shri Guru Nanak Gurdwara which is situated within the parish boundary. The aims and methodology of the project are: to produce a literature-based review of some current issues in inter-faith relations - from a general perspective, and then from specifically Christian and Sikh perspectives; to survey views on Sikh-Christian inter-faith relations within the two faith communities, based on 'official' views, interviews, and discussion groups; to reflect on the material produced in order to discern ways in which members of different religious traditions can work together in God's service, both in the particular setting of the project, and in the wider community of faith. The findings are that: whilst wishing to maintain their own integrity, both communities seek to view inter-faith relations positively and look for God's purpose therein; purposes which could be explored together, both locally and in a wider context, are the deepening of understanding in one's own faith through contact with another; and a shared social and spiritual mission to the wider society; the experience of working together as two distinct faiths suggests a new model of inter-faith relations - not the 'Copernican' model of Hick, in which each faith is a planet in a single solar system, but a 'Hubblite' model in which each faith is a solar system within a wider galaxy and universe.
TypeThesis or dissertation
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