Australia has, over many years, undergone far-reaching changes, becoming a multi-cultural and multi-faith society. That is the context in which the Catholic Church in Australia has sought to give witness to the person and message of Jesus Christ. Students will study the magisterial documents which show the advantages and challenges of this situation. They will also be introduced to some major world religions in order to contextualise the discussion. Within this inter-religious context, they will tackle a number of important theological themes such as Christology, grace, and salvation. They will learn the principles and methods of inter-religious dialogue. Finally, they will explore ways in which the Church can more fully become an instrument of peace and harmonious development. (Cross-listed with DP2017C).

Unit code: CT2017C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Outline the role of inter-religious relations in a multi-faith world, with particular reference to Australia.


Identify Magisterial teaching on the value of inter-religious dialogue, with special reference to the Church’s mission.


Outline the key aspects of the Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, and Buddhist traditions.


Describe the doctrines of Christology, grace and salvation in the context of inter-religious dialogue.


Apply the forms of inter-religious dialogue to the work of peace and justice.


Lectures help the students appreciate the many aspects of the complex subject and develop their ability to reflect and critique. They will also consider “real-life” issues where they can apply their appreciation of the work of interreligious justice and peace.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Bouma, Gary, Rodney Ling, and Douglas Pratt. Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific. National Case Studies. Berlin: Springer, 2014.
  • Clooney, Francis X. Comparative Theology: Deep Learning Across Religious Borders. Malden, MA: Wiley‐Blackwell, 2010.
  • Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Declaration "Dominus Iesus" on the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church. 2000.
  • Dupuis, Jacques. Christianity and the Religions. From Confrontation to Dialogue. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002.
  • Engebretson, Kath. In Your Shoes. Inter-faith Education for Australian Schools and Universities. Ballan: Connor Court, 2009.
  • Giola, Francesco, ed. Interreligious Dialogue: The Official Teaching of the Catholic Church, (1963–1995). Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1997.
  • Goosen, Gideon. Hyphenated Christians. Towards a Better Understanding of Dual Religious Belonging. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011. (EBook available.)
  • Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Dialogue and Proclamation: Reflections and Orientations on Interreligious Dialogue and the Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 1991.
  • Shermans, Louise, and Christobel Mattingley, eds. Our Mob, God’s Story. Sydney: Bible Society Australia, 2017.
  • Vatican Council II. Nostra Aetate. Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. 28 October 1965. In Vatican II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, edited by A. Flannery. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1980.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

500-word tutorial paper

500 10.0
Personal Reflection 500 10.0
Oral Presentation

15-minute verbal or visual presentation

1000 30.0
Essay 2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Jul, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:51 +1000