Paul F. Knitter, Jesus and the Other Names: Christian Mission and Global Responsibility, (Orbis). Required.
Wesley Ariarajah, The Bible and People of Other Faiths, (World Council of Churches) Required.
Jeanine Hill Fletcher, Monopoly on Salvation? A Feminist Approach to Religious Pluralism (Continuum, 2005) Required.
Hans Kung, Global Ethics. (Parliament of World Religions). Required
Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Interfaith Theology. A Reader (Oneworld). Recommended.
Ian Markham (ed.) Plurality and Christian Ethics, 2nd Edition ( Seven Bridges Press). Recommended.
John Hick, An Interpretation of Religion (Macmillan). Recommended.
Schedule of Topics to be covered:
1. The Reality of Religious Pluralism (read Ariarajah, start Fletcher).
2. Approaches to Religious Pluralism (complete Fletcher, pp to be assigned)
3. The question of Salvation and Uniqueness (read Knitter, 1-101)
4. Ethics (read Kung)
5. Mission and Dialogue (read Knitter, p. 101-164)
Aims of the Course:
To equip students to think theologically about the issue of religious diversity;
To encourage a critical examination about fundamental religious issues, such as salvation and ethical living.
To enable students to explore critically the theory and practice of mission and dialogue.
Students will have studied and understood a variety of approaches to the theological questions provoked by the interfaith reality.
Students will have explored these approaches in reference to their own faith.
Students will have been exposed to the possibility of a religiously-based global ethic.
A combination of lectures and seminar discussions of lectures and readings.
Full attendance of class sessions
Prior to course, reading of Ariarajah, and Fletcher, 1-48.
Participation in class discussions, sharing of personal reflections on issues raised. Maintaining a journal of daily reflections to be submitted at the conclusion of the course.
A paper of 10-15 pages on one of the theological issues discussed in the course, due August 15, 2006.
Evaluation of students performance will be based upon discussion and journals (50%) and paper (50%).