Director of Religious Studies Research Center "Ethna"
The Problem of Perception of "Another" in the Religious
It is characteristic of an ethnic community in general and each person
in particular to have not only a specific way of living, a psychological
type, a geographical territory etc., but also an identity. Realization
of one's unique position in various spheres (identification may be national,
gender, cultural or religious) leaves an imprint on a human perception
of the surrounding world. Religious beliefs Ч that being religious identity
that views another human being through a prism of one's own religious
worldview Ч play a major role in this. Superficial differences of "another"
(language, customs, character and territory) shift to the background in
a religious consciousness. "Another" has a worldview, different
from my own - and this becomes of first-grade importance in religious
world. Since religion touches deep foundations of human being the problem
of perception of "another" in the religious world becomes sharper
than in a secular one. This is exactly why the subject seems to be of
extreme relevance in the context of intercultural relations.
Conference on Discourse and Intercultural Relations. Murcia, Spain, 2004.