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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

The Miracle of a Century
January 25, 5–7 p.m.
Gasson 305
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 first lecture is entitled "The miracle of a century: promises and myths of African Christianity in the world church."

Faith at War
February 1, 5–7 p.m.
Gasson 305
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 second lecture is entitled "Faiths at war: conflicts, contestations, and claims in Africa’s triple religious heritage."

Uses and Abuses of Christianity
February 29, 5–7 p.m., Gasson 305
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 third lecture is entitled "Uses and abuses of Christianity: contemporary pathologies of Christology." flyer

Program Information

Undergraduate

Doctoral (Major and Minor)

Resources for the Study of Comparative Theology

Faculty

Catherine Cornille
Hinduism and Theology of Religions

Natana DeLong-Bas
Islam

Ruth Langer
Judaism

John J. Makransky
Buddhism

James Morris (Convener)
Islam

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