Nostra Aetate and the Small Things of God
Nostra Aetate has helped make possible the emergence of a deeper and more open interreligious learning: habits of study as a Catholic virtue. A changed attitude toward other religions, in a changed Church, has cleared the way for fruitful learning from other religions, with an energy, clarity, and focus hitherto rare. The Declaration thus also created the conditions for the arising of the new comparative theology, a discipline dedicated to learning from other religions that enriches and challenges Christian theology, spirituality, and ways of life. Clooney offers examples from his own work in the study of Hinduism, encouraging the faithful to focus not just on great institutions and metanarratives, but on the minute details that give life and energy to religious traditions.