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Catherine Cornille

theology department

Catherine Cornille


Newton College Alumnae Chair of Western Culture

Stokes N455
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-3896
Fax: 617-552-0794

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Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. in Religious Studies, K. U. Leuven, Belgium
MA in Asian Religions, University of Hawaii
BA in Philosophy, K. U. Leuven, Belgium
Licentiate in Theology, K. U. Leuven, Belgium

Biographical Summary

Catherine Cornille obtained her PhD from the Catholic University of Leuven in 1989.  Prior to coming to Boston College, she was associate professor of Comparative Religion at the Catholic University of Leuven. She has lectured at Universities in different parts of the world (China, Japan, Brazil, Germany, The Netherlands, France, The United Kingdom, India, Australia, Sweden).  She is married to Jeffrey Bloechl who is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Boston College, and they have three children.

Research Interests

Her research interests focus on the Theology of Religions, the theory of Interreligious Dialogue, concrete questions in the Hindu-Christian and Buddhist-Christian dialogues, and the phenomenon of inculturation and intercultural theology.


Comparative Theology
Dialogue and Apologetics
Hindu-Christian Theology
Religion and Globalization
Religious Pluralism and Christian Faith
The Religious Quest: Hinduism and Christianity
Theology of Religions
Theory and Methods in Comparative Religion
Women in World Religions

Professional Activities and Awards

From 2008-2013, Cornille organized the Boston College Symposia on Interreligious Dialogue which brought together important scholars from different religions and various parts of the world to focus on fundamental questions in Interreligious Dialogue.  She is also the founding and managing editor of the book series Christian Commentaries on Non-Christian Sacred Texts.

Selected Publications

Christian Identity between Secularity and Plurality (co-authored with Jeffrey Bloechl) Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2015.

Women and Interreligious Dialogue. (ed. with Jillian Maxey) Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2013.

The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Inter-Religious Dialogue. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

"The Confessional Nature of Comparative Theology" in Salzburger Theologische Zeitschrift  and Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, 2013.

“Multiple Religious Belonging and Interreligious Dialogue” in Understanding Inter-Religious Relations (David Thomas, David Cheetham and Douglas Pratt, eds.) Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Interreligious Dialogue and Cultural Change. (ed. with Stephanie Corigliano) Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2012.

"Meaning and Truth in the Dialogue between Religions" in The Question of Theological Truth. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012, pp. 137-156.

“Religious Pluralism and Christian Faith: A Case for Soteriological Agnosticism” in Actualidade Teologica vols. 40-41, 2012, pp. 50-71.

The World Market and Interreligious Dialogue. (ed. with Glenn Willis) Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2011.

Interreligious Hermeneutics. (ed. with Chris Conway) Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2010.

Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue. (ed.) Eugene: Wipf and Stock, 2009.

The Im-Possibility of Interreligious Dialogue. New York: Crossroads, 2008.


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