Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture 2020-12-24T16:38:58+00:00 Declan O'Byrne Open Journal Systems <p>Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture wishes to promote academic research inspired by a Culture of Unity, with particular attention to the thought of Chiara Lubich, and to the dialogues and initiatives of the Focolare Movement. It is promoted by the Sophia University Institute (Florence, Italy: <a href=""></a>). It is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, online/open access academic journal. Claritas also seeks to facilitate critical and constructive dialogue between scholars from all research disciplines and encourages cross-disciplinary and intercultural collaboration.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Note:&nbsp;Purdue University Press published&nbsp;<em><a title="" href="" rel="noopener noreferrer">Claritas&nbsp;</a></em>from 2012 until 2019, when the journal moved to Sophia University Institute.&nbsp;Back content is covered under the CC BY-NC-ND license.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Memo from Covid 19 2020-12-24T11:47:39+00:00 Breandan Leahy <p>The Covid-19 virus has swept violently through the world in 2020. This short article suggests ten ways the crisis has had a spiritual impact. These range from a new focus on death as life’s horizon to the experience of the contingency of life’s projects, from the rediscovery of universal fraternity to a new appreciation of the need for contemplative care for our planet, from greater recognition of the need to make time for prayer to consideration of the link between spirituality, solidarity and justice. While recognizing that each point deserves further exploration, the author offers the article as a “memo” written in the midst of a crisis, contextualizing each point within the broader Christian spiritual tradition. He takes his cue from Chiara Lubich, who wrote: “Jesus Forsaken! What’s important is that when he passes by, we are attentive to hear what he wants to tell us, because he always has new things to say.”</p> 2020-12-21T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture Rethinking the Ontology of Unity: Starting from Trinitarian Faith 2020-12-24T11:47:40+00:00 Juan Carlos Scannone <p>We publish here a lecture that the author prepared for the inauguration of the academic year 2019-2020 at Sophia University Institute. The author fell sick days before traveling to Italy where he was also due to meet his former student, Pope Francis. In his absence his lecture was delivered by Daniel Lopez SJ. Juan Carlos Scannone died on 28 November. This publication is a tribute to his person, academic contributions and the affection that bound him to Sophia University Institute.</p> 2020-12-21T11:58:11+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture Islam and Roman Catholicism on Prenatal Homo sapiens: How Our Histories Can Inform Contemporary Conversations 2020-12-24T11:47:41+00:00 Charles Camosy <p>There has been much controversy, to say the least, about how to think about the moral status of the very early human embryo. Two major players in this debate, Islam and Catholicism, have robust histories of moral reflection about this topic which lend themselves to a dialogue involving mutually-critical correlation. This article artles that the insights from this dialogue can help us move forward in the debate in substantive ways.</p> 2020-12-21T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture Mission and Valuing Cultural Diversity 2020-12-24T11:47:41+00:00 Ana Cristina Montoya <p>The word “globalization" refers to a multiplicity of political, economic, cultural and media processes having a clear impact on present day history. We live in a world characterized by fear and mutual alienation, a world where many are forced into situations that immerse them in processes of cultural homogenization. This happens even within religious organizations and Christian communities. This article aims to analyze the challenges posed to the Church by a pluricultural and interconnected world, so as to offer to humanity a culture of mutual love and hope rooted in the Gospel. The importance of fostering and safeguarding real and visible intercultural relationships in Christian communities is explored.</p> 2020-12-21T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture Interreligious Dialogue in a Fragmented World. Some Evidence for Coexistence and Convergence 2020-12-24T11:47:42+00:00 Licia Paglione Berhard Callebaut <p>In today’s fragmented and globalized world, the economy and technology are both in need of an spiritual base. Philosopher Karl Jaspers’ account of the axial age as giving rise to distinct regional religious identities is now giving way to a more local pluralism. Instead of a “clash of civilizations,” a certain existenceoffers the opportunity for both distinct identity and its apparent opposite, integration. The Focolare Movement’s experience of dialogue serves as an example for understanding this phenomenon conceptually through the sociological/anthropological lens of gift, where identity is dependent on the establishment of gratuitous relationships. Religious identity is reinforced precisely through openness to diversity, suggesting a possible ushering in of a new 'axial age' in which religions converge while simultaneously, remaining distinct, and thereby fostering a more integral humanity.</p> 2020-12-21T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture An Introduction to the Concept of Unity in Hindu Tradition 2020-12-24T16:38:58+00:00 Cherylanne Menezes <p>The idea of the Divine or Supreme Being as the Absolute One in ancient Hindu texts has formed the basis of religious-philosophical thought for centuries. This article intends to offer an introductory background to the concept of unity in Hindu philosophy. While the views expressed here stem from a Christian perspective, some included footnotes are the fruit of a stimulating dialogue with Dr. Lalita Namjoshi, former Assistant Director of K. J. Somaiya Bharatiya Sanskriti Peetham and scholar of Vedanta Philosophy. Her valuable observations in a review of this article, shared in a spirit of collegiality and friendship, are of fundamental importance.</p> 2020-12-21T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Claritas: Journal of Dialogue and Culture