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I am required to write a five page essay on the question below, however, I am having difficulties comprehending what is meant by "successful encounters".

What are some of the unique challenges which might make successful encounters between and among religions difficult or problematic?

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This solution explains what is meant by "successful encounters" and then explains some of the unique challenges which might make successful encounters between and among religions difficult or problematic.

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1. Your question: I am having difficulties comprehending what is meant by "successful encounters".

The definition of encounter in the Webster's Dictionary is this: "to meet in hostility; to meet with; or... a casual meeting.

Therefore, an "encounter" in the sense of your question would mean a meeting or encounter between different religions, probably meaning both religious leaders and the congregation of followers.

You are asked to consider meetings that are successful, probably meaning that the meeting or encounter would have a positive outcome, like coming to an agreement on some theological ideas. Specifically, you are asked to focus on unique challenges that may make a successful or positive outcome difficult or problematic. You will have to decide how you are going to define a "successful encounter." So, following your Introductory paragraph, tell the reader how you are define this term. For example, a "successful encounter" could be defined as coming to an agreement about certain issues.

2. What are some of the unique challenges which might make successful encounters between and among religions difficult or problematic?

Recent challenges and controversial issues for many religions are such things as deciding whether or not to allow gay marriages, women as priests, ordaining gay priests and ministers, to name a few. These unique challenges are rooted in the theological underpinnings of each church or religion. For example, Christian ...

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