reflect on the task of comparative theology and in particular
determine whether it is legitimate exercise for a Christian.
explore a small number of case studies.
encourage students to take seriously the wisdom in other faith
traditions when shaping their own personal theological
have a view on the legitimacy or otherwise of comparative
have an understanding of the views of a number of faith
traditions on a small number of topics.
have thought through the implications of religious diversity
for one’s own faith.
Ward, The Case for Religion (Oxford: Oneworld 2004)
Markham, A Theology of Engagement (Oxford: Blackwell
Publishing 2003) chapters 1 & 3.
page doubled spaced book review of Keith Ward, The Case for Religion.
Input session: Comparative Theology: what is it?
Is it OK for Christians to learn from those who are not
saved through Christ?
Input session: Revelation: how do we know which book is the
revelation from God?
Study 1: Learning from Science.
start the process of learning from others by engaging with the
scientific narrative. What
are the implications of the new physics for our worldview?
Study 2: Different views of society.
Muslims want an Islamic state; the BJP are arguing for Hindutva;
others are committed to the separation of church and state.
How do we start a conversation around the crucial question
of social organization?
Discussion of the book reviews.
Study 3: Different views of life after death.
rebirth, heaven, hell, or nothing.
Which is it?
it all together. Do
you just end up muddled and confused at the end of the process?
5-page doubled space book review of Keith Ward’s In
defense of religion.
(To be handed in on Wednesday June 23)
15-page research paper which takes one issue from a range of
different vantage points.
Possibilities include: science, life after death,
society, women, nature of God, nature of revelation, views of
personhood, ethical issues, and religious organization. (To be
handed in on August 10)
David B. Knowing the Unknowable God. Ibn-Sina, Maimonides, Aquinas,
(Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press 1986).
David. ‘Aquinas and Islamic and Jewish thinkers’ in Norman
Kretzmann and Eleonore Stump (eds.)
The Cambridge Companion to Aquinas (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press 1993).
M. K. An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth,
trans., Mahadev Desai, (Boston, Beacon Press, 1957.)
Allah Muhammad. The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in
Institute of Islamic Culture 1999)
Gerald James. India’s
Agony Over Religion, (Delhi, Oxford University Press 1997).
Julius. Hindus. Their Religious Beliefs and Practices,
(London, Routledge, 1994).
David. The Dialogical Imperative, (Maryknoll New York, Obris
Bediuzzaman Said. Volume 1 to 4 of
the Risale-I Nur Collection (Istanbul: Sözler Nesriyat,
Ticaret ve Sanayi, A. S. 1992).
Martyn. Salt of the Earth. Resilience in a secular age (London: Sheffield
Academic Press 2002).
Keith. Images of Eternity. Concepts of God in Five Religious
Traditions, (London, Darton, Longman and Todd, 1987).
Keith. Rational Theology and the Creativity of God, (Oxford:
Keith. A Vision to Pursue, (London:
SCM Press 1991).
Keith. Religion and Revelation (Oxford: Oxford University
and Creation (Oxford: Oxford University Press 1996).
and Human Nature (Oxford:
Oxford University Press 1998)
Keith. Concepts of God (Oxford: Oneworld Press 1998)
Keith. Christianity: a Short Introduction (Oneworld
and Community (Oxford:
Oxford University Press 2000)
Keith. God: A
Guide to the Perplexed (Oxford: