Francis of Assisi to the court of the Egyptian Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil in Damietta, we see a moment in which the two story lines of conflict and dialogue intersect.
This story describes a moment when sincere and respectful dialogue took place almost literally in the midst of bloody confrontation.
The reaction of the Vatican was swift and to the point: The pope expressed profound sorrow for having offended Muslims across the globe and stated his commitment to dialogue by repeating on a number of occasions his pre-crisis reference to Nostra Aetate as the "Magna Carta" of Christian-Muslim relations.
10] I have expanded that assumption to imply that all post-Shoah theology must be dialogical, but I admit that the tendency even in dialogue was to return to the tradition in order to decide if that tradition makes sense--or sense could be made of that tradition -- in the light of the events of the Shoah.
A theology constructed in dialogue forces the dialogue partners to think about tradition in new ways, ways quite alien to the mindset of those who produced these scriptural texts.
All religious narratives turned toward theology have this universalizing tendency that creates barriers for dialogue.
This is a useful and authoritative collection that suggests both the richness and importance of the dialogue
as a major form of cultural expression in the French Renaissance.
With the exception of Sperone Speroni's, dialogues become more monological and didactic in the second half of the century.
For example, Tasso's dialogues, which she contrasts with the Cortegiano, are more technical and display a professional slant that reflects the new prestige of academic philosophy and the court audience's acceptance of its sectoral language.
This original study, written with verve and conciseness, deserves to be read by all those interested in the cultural history of the Cinquecento because of the light it sheds on that history while it charts the development, or rather the devolution, of the dialogue from Castiglione's Cortegiano to Guarini's Segretario.