This course introduces select theological approaches to the reality of religious plurality. It will examine how 'sufficient' these approaches might be, both from the perspective of the Christian faith's own self-description, and from the perspective of the religious other (might the religious other see themselves within the positions as stated). The course will also move from the theoretical to the practical and engage with individuals and communities other than Christian. Students will be challenged to develop a responsible (and theologically and socially defensible) understanding of inter-religious engagement.
Map religious pluralism as a theological and social concern, especially as it has developed over the past century
Identify and evaluate key theological positions motivating interreligious engagement (encounter, dialogue)
Engage with a religious tradition other than Christianity
Analyze and evaluate a theology of interreligious engagement sensitive to the context of a secular and religiously plural society
Lectures, Seminars, Tutorial, Site Visits. A key component of this course includes site visits to other religious communities and prospective students should expect potentially irregular scheduling.
A 1000-word critical review of either: Yong, Amos. Beyond the Impasse: Beyond a Pneumatological Theology of Religions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003.
Or: Heim, S. Mark. Salvations: Truth and Difference in Religion. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1995.
5000 word essay comparing two theoretical positions introduced during the class
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016
Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-07 08:42:01 +1000