The Future of a Dialogue Now Possible: To Become Actual or to Remain Impossible

Part of the The Boston College Studies in Philosophy book series (BCSP, volume 2)


After having come up as early as 1936 in France, the question of the dialogue between Christians and Communists has come back once again these past few years in different countries of Europe and even in America.1 Two reasons principally explain this resurgence on the side of the Church, the will to be open to the world and to dialogue with unbelievers brought to the fore by John XXIII’s encyclical Pacem in Terris and endorsed by Vatican II; on the side of the communists, the revelations of N. Krushchev on the “cult of personality” at the XXth Party Congress, and the break between China and the U.S.S.R., which have cast doubt on the Russian Communist Party’s hegemony as well as the internal monolithism of the brother-Parties. In addition to this there is the permanent and universal threat of a thermo-nuclear war which inclines people and individuals to prefer talks and negotiations for dealing with their dissensions rather than a struggle unto death.


Communist Party Christian Faith Symbolic Structure Personal Initiative Communist Society 
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© Martinus Nijhoff, The Hague, Netherlands 1969

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