Living in a multicultural context both locally and globally, we are constantly interacting with people of different faiths and traditions. One of the greatest theological challenges that faces us today is to make sense of this diversity of faiths, to grasp their meaning both for others and for ourselves, and to determine our ethical relationship to those whose values and behaviours are in contrast to our own. The aim of this unit is to explore some of the ways in which selected religions have interacted throughout history, to articulate both the difficulties and the benefits associated with entering into relationship with faiths that are not our own, to analyse the issues involved in interfaith engagement and to consider the potential impact of interfaith engagement on our personal theology.
* recommended for purchase
Paul Knitter, Introducing Theologies of Religions, Orbis, 2002
Catherine Cornille, The Im-possibility of Interreligious Dialogue, Crossroad, 2006
Peter Phan, Being Religious Interreligiously, Orbis, 2004
* Veli-Matti Karkkainen, An Introduction to the Theology of Religions, InterVarsity Press, 2003
Catherine Cornille, ed., Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue, Blackwell, 2013
* Council of Christians and Jews (Victoria), Gesher (journal) 2013, issue on Dialogue [copies available from the CCJ office, 179 Cotham Road, Kew]
Alan Race, Christians and Religious Pluralism, SCM, 1982
James K. Aitken and Edward Kessler, ed., Challenges in Jewish-Christian Relations, Paulist Press, 2006
Francis Clooney, Comparative Theology: Deep Learning Across Religious Borders, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
Martin Buber, I and Thou, Martino, 2010.