Encounters Between Religions (THE3210)

30 credits

Christians have since Earliest Christianity encountered other religions and in many cases entered into dialogue with them - sometimes less than successful with acrimony and violence, other times constructive, clarifying Christian teaching and leading to a cross-fertilization between different religious traditions. This module draws on a variety of disciplines to examine the history of interreligious encounters and the differing theologies of religion, and the contemporary turn towards a sympathetic comparative theology that aligns different traditions theologically while drawing on the practices of interreligious dialogue. Emphasis will be placed on the changing role of comparative theologies in the post-secular public sphere.