chapter  21
Comments on the tone of dialogue
Pages 5

The polemical/apologetical dialogue has not developed much in the thousand years between 287/900 and 1318/1900, nor in the century between 1318/1900 and 1421/2000.1 This can be easily seen in a comparison of the works of Tisdall and Moucarry, who carry the Christian voice in this tone with near mirrored content in their two works dating from 1904 and 2001 respectively.2 Some of these similarities have been indicated above. In the truest apologetical voice, Moucarry defines tolerance in dialogue thus: “True tolerance is to accept the other, not by ignoring the differences between us, but by measuring that distance accurately and by recognizing that whoever wants to cross over has the right and freedom to do so.”3 Our focus here is not on the lack of innovation in the exclusive tones, however, it is on the exceptional development in the inclusive tones, and especially those that are ecumenical which demand our attention.