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Comparative Theology

theology department

Religious pluralism is a key challenge facing theologians and religious communities today. It raises questions regarding how practitioners and believers from different traditions do and should encounter one another as they enter into substantial and regular contact in every part of the world. Careful reflection on the meaning of religious pluralism for religious faith is an increasingly important and necessary theological task. Comparative theology involves faith seeking understanding within the horizon of religious plurality.

Upcoming Events

"An immense pile of filth"
March 29, 5–7 p.m.
Gasson 302 (please note location change)
This year's Duffy Lectures in Global Christianity, themed "21st Century Christianity in Africa: Promises, Prospects and Pathologies," features Professor Agbonkhianmenghe Orobator, S.J. (Bator) from Kenya. Prof. Orobator's final lecture is entitled "'An immense pile of filth': human ecology and communitarian salvation."

Gasson Lecture
March 31, 4:30 p.m., Fulton 511
Gasson Chair Professor in Political Science, Pierre de Charentenay, S.J., will give a lecture entitled, "Can a Society Live Without Religion? or How the West is Making so Many Jihadists?" Sponsored by the Jesuit Institute. flyer

Engaging Particularities Conference
April 3–4
The Boston College Comparative Theology area is holding its 14th annual Engaging Particularities conference from April 3–4, 2016. This year's special focus is "The Otherness of the Self: Exploring Boundaries between Religious Traditions." See the Engaging Particularities website for details.

Program Information


Doctoral (Major and Minor)

Resources for the Study of Comparative Theology


Catherine Cornille
Hinduism and Theology of Religions

Natana DeLong-Bas

Ruth Langer

John J. Makransky

James Morris (Convener)

David Mozina
Chinese Religions

Stotsky Prize

For undergraduates only, the Stotsky Prize on the Holocaust and Religious Understanding is awarded annually. Essays are due in April and prize is announced in May. How to apply for the Stotsky Prize

Call for Papers: Engaging Particularities

The 14th annual Engaging Particularities conference will be held from April 3–4, 2016. This year's special focus is "The Otherness of the Self: Exploring Boundaries between Religious Traditions." Proposals are due December 31, 2015. Please see flyer for submission guidelines and event details. flyerEngaging Particularities website