Elective unit                                                                                                          (Min. No. 8)

2nd semester: Wednesday morning



The unit is designed to explore the significance of inter-religious dialogue in a multi-religious context. It will underline the theological unity based on the common origin and destiny of all, the divine Mystery, who is in dialogue with humanity.

The unit will examine biblical and theological foundations for inter-religious dialogue. It will also address related challenges and opportunities and engage in some actual dialogue, leading to a harmonious society in the Australian context and beyond.



Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. articulate an understanding of interreligious dialogue
  2. characterise it as an expression of the church’s mission
  3. compare interreligious dialogue with the mission of proclamation
  4. illustrate how interreligious dialogue is an experience of rootedness and openness drawing on their own experience of interreligious dialogue
  5. identify interreligious dialogue as an expression of the divine reign
  6. discuss the relation between world peace and interreligious dialogue


2000 word tutorial presentation (40%); 4000 word essay on religions and world peace (60%)



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———. The New Comparative Theology: Interreligious Insights from the Next Generation. New York: T&T Clark, 2010.

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O’Collins, Gerald. The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions. Oxford: OUP, 2013.

———. Salvation for All: God’s Other Peoples. Oxford: OUP, 2008.

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Phan, Peter. Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue. New York: Orbis, 2004.

Race, Alan, and Paul Hedges. Christian Approaches to Other Faiths. London: SCM Press, 2008.

Schmidt-Leukel, Perry. Transformation by Integration: How Inter-faith Encounter Changes Christianity. London: SCM Press, 2009.

Summer, George R. The First and the Last: The Claim of Jesus Christ and the Claims of Other Religious Traditions. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2004.

Timmerman, Christiane, and Barbara Segaert. How to Conquer the Barriers to Intercultural Dialogue: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Bruxelles: P.I.E. Peter Lang, 2005.