Virtue in Dialogue
Belief, Religious Diversity, and Women’s Interreligious Encounter
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"With her textured study of a women's interreligious dialogue group, Brecht offers a refreshing epistemology of religious belief attentive to how people actually believe. She allows her reader to learn not from abstract theories alone, but from these live and lively women. Through them we are introduced to the virtuous practices that might allow us to truly converse across the lines of religious difference. From them we learn the value of forming religious beliefs in interfaith contexts. By taking seriously both current epistemologies and these women's experiences, Brecht offers an epistemological theory accountable to the practical exercise of interreligious dialogue. This book is a significant contribution for interfaith studies and epistemology alike."
--Jeannine Hill Fletcher, author of Monopoly on Salvation: A Feminist Approach to Religious Pluralism
"In this important argument for a new way of doing religious epistemology, Mara Brecht ranges widely and deeply to make her case. . . . Contemporary theories have moved to a 'best practice' approach, a 'naturalized' epistemology that looks at what people do when they know. But when the naturalized epistemologists turn to religious belief, they fail to analyze religious practice, but apply norms from science and common sense--and religious faith is neither of these. . . . Rather than leaving her theory in the abstract realm, Brecht argues for four cardinal virtues and some necessary 'meta-level' dispositions that are required for a virtue epistemology of religious belief in the context of diversity--as exemplified by the group she studied for years."
--Terrence W. Tilley, from the Foreword