Engaging Particularities VI

New Directions in Comparative Theology,
Interreligious Dialogue,
Theology of Religions and Missiology

Boston College
March 28-30, 2008

In keeping with the 1995 General Congregation of the Society of Jesus's initiatives on interreligious dialogue, the Boston College Jesuit community and Theology Department announce their sixth annual student conference in the areas of comparative theology, interreligious dialogue, theology of religions and missiology. This conference is cosponsored by Jesuit Interreligious Dialogue and Relations.

Selected papers are available, after the conference, on BC's escholarship site.


Call for Papers

To submit a proposal, please email an abstract of no more than 250 words to Chris Conway before December 1, 2007. Click here for more details.

Registration Information

  • Registration Fee $10
  • For information and registration contact Chris Conway
  • When registering, please provide name and email address.
  • Make checks payable to BOSTON COLLEGE and mail them to:

    Chris Conway
    c/o Theology Department Boston College
    140 Commonwealth Avenue
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

  • Dinners on Friday and Saturday, and Lunches on Saturday and Sunday, are provided for registrants


March 28 (Friday), Barat House, Newton Campus

Opening Dinner and Keynote Address (6:00-9:00pm)

Keynote Address: Dr. Thomas Cattoi (Jesuit School of Theology)

March 29 (Saturday), 5th Floor Lounge, Chestnut Hill

Theology of Religions: (10:00am-12noon)

  1. "Eucharist and Eschaton: Two Amendments to Jacques Dupuis' Ecclesiology"
    Andrew Prevot (University of Notre Dame)
  2. "Toward an Adequate Model for the Theology of Religions"
    Derek Michaud (Boston University)
  3. "Revelation and Salvation in Theology of Religions"
    Sheila Taylor (Graduate Theological Union)

"Rahner and Other Religious Traditions" : Panel Presentation (1:00 - 3:00pm)

Jerusha Tanner Lamptey, Erika B. Seamon, Anh Q. Tran, and Maureen Wash (Georgetown University)

  1. "Anthropological 'Re-Turn': Rahnerian and Islamic Anthropologies in Dialogue"
  2. "The Anonymous American: Comparing Rahner's Anonymous Christian Doctrine to Bellah's American Civil Religion"
  3. "On Being Human: Rahner in Dialogue with the Classical Confucian Tradition"
  4. "Dialoguing with the Other: A Study of Rahner's Supernatural Existential and Abe's Buddha Nature"

Ethics: (3:30-5:30pm)

  1. "Ramnamis and African American Slaves: Spiritual Sorority? A Study in Theological Ethics 'On the Ground'"
    Matthew Sherman (Boston College)
  2. "Barth, Ethics, and Inter-Religious Dialogue"
    Alexander Massmann (Princeton Theological Seminary)
March 30 (Sunday), 5th Floor Lounge, Chestnut Hill

Inter-Religious Dialogue: (10:00 - 12:00 noon)

  1. "Ceremony as Dialogical Space: The Jesuits and the Way of Tea in Early Modern Japan"
    Naoko Frances Hioki (Graduate Theological Union)
  2. "Epistemology and Religious Diversity"
    Mara Brecht (Fordham University)
  3. "St. Edith Stein: What Kind of Jewish-Catholic Symbol?"
    Elizabeth Antus (University of Notre Dame)

Comparative Theology: (1:00 - 2:00pm)

  1. "Dispassionate Compassion: Reading Eckhart through the lens of the Yoga Vasisth"
    Stephanie Petersen (Loyola Marymount University)
  2. "Sacrifice of Jesus and Sacrifice to ancestors?-A Comparative Study of Sacrifice in Christianity and Confucianism."
    James Wu (Boston University)
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