Theologians Discuss 'Why Study Others' Religions?' at 7 p.m.

Theologians Discuss 'Why Study Others' Religions?' at 7 p.m.

Theology faculty members who are scholars of Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, African religions - and even Paganism - will meet today at 7 p.m. in Devlin 008 to explore the question "Why study others' religions?"

Panelist Prof. Francis X. Clooney, SJ (Theology), whose focus is on Hinduism and Christianity, said: "Throughout history Catholics have often, though not always, found it quite helpful to draw on the riches of other traditions and cultures. So, too, of course, the early Jesuit missionary tradition - of Francis Xavier, Mateo Ricci, Roberto de Nobili and others - exemplified ways of learning from other traditions while yet remaining steadfastly devoted to one's own.

"This forum, and the 'Religious Quest' courses, occur in the classroom context, and at a university; one can presume that students are, or aren't, being helped in worshipping communities to deepen their faith commitments. The classroom aids the student to inquire and think through what one believes.

"There are, ideally, few questions which cannot be asked by intelligent people."

Also speaking at the forum will be Assoc. Prof. Harry John McDargh, Assoc. Prof. John Makransky, part-time faculty member Catherine Cornille and William Gregory, a graduate fellow in theology.

-Mark Sullivan

 

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