Living in a multicultural context both locally and globally, we are constantly interacting with people of different faiths and traditions. One of the greatest theological challenges that faces us today is to make sense of this diversity of faiths, to grasp their meaning both for others and for ourselves, and to determine our ethical relationship to those whose values and behaviours are in contrast to our own.

The aim of this unit is to explore some of the ways in which selected religions have interacted throughout history, to articulate both the difficulties and the benefits associated with entering into relationship with faiths that are not our own, to analyse the issues involved in interfaith engagement and to consider the potential impact of interfaith engagement on our personal theology.

Unit Code: AR8000T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Religious Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the history of interfaith engagement and the ways in which it has changed in diverse historical and social settings, with specific reference to the three Abrahamic faiths


Critically engage with different theories about interfaith engagement


Articulate the difficulties and benefits of engaging with different faith traditions


Develop appropriate vocabulary for interfaith engagement respectful of theological difference


Explore what it means to engage respectfully with adherents of different religious traditions


Develop theological models to enable understanding of religious views and practices that differ substantially from our own


Face-to-face: Lectures, tutorials, online materials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1 x 2000 critical review essay, analysing two different theologies of religions

0 30.0

1 x 2500 word essay analysing one major theme in interfaith engagement, from the perspective of two faith traditions

0 45.0

1 x 1500 word journal on weekly tutorial topics

0 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-02-05 14:16:18 +1100