Questions on Nostra Aetate

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Questions on Nostra Aetate

1. The authors of the document are the bishops who attended Vatican Council II.

2. This document was written on October 28, 1965 because the Church’s attitude towards followers of other religions changed and the Church became more accepting.

3. In Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express it through an inexhaustible abundance of myths and through searching philosophical inquiry. They seek freedom from the anguish of our human condition either through ascetical practices or profound meditation or a flight to God with love and trust. Buddhism teaches a way by which men, in a confident spirit, may be able either to acquire the state of perfect liberation. The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions.

4. Muslims await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Also, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. Only a few quarrels and hostilities have arisen between Christians and Muslims, this urges all to forget the past and to work sincerely for mutual understanding and to preserve. Muslims and Christians have similar beliefs compared to Buddhists and Hindu’s.

5. The synod urged all Catholics and Muslims to forget the hostilities and differences of the past and to work together for mutual understanding and benefit. The Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time and by anyone. The Catholic Church regards the Muslims with esteem, and then continues by describing some of the aspects Islam has in common with Christianity and Catholicism.

6. It states that even though some Jewish authorities and those who followed them called for Jesus' death, the blame for this...
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