The unit is designed to explore the significance of inter-religious dialogue in a multi-religious context. It will underline the theological unity based on the common origin and destiny of all, the divine Mystery, Who is in dialogue with humanity.

The unit will examine biblical and theological foundations for inter-religious dialogue. It will also address related challenges and opportunities as well as engage in some actual dialogue leading to a harmonious society in the Australian context and beyond.

Unit code: DM3014Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of interreligious dialogue


Analyse interreligious dialogue as an expression of the church’s mission


Illustrate how interreligious dialogue is an experience of rootedness and openness drawing on their own experience of interreligious dialogue


Compare interreligious dialogue with the mission of proclamation


Critically evaluate interreligious dialogue as an expression of the divine reign


Weekly Lectures and Tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • BECKER, KARL AND ILARIA, MORALI (eds). Catholic Engagement with World Religions. New York: Orbis Books, 2010.
  • CLOONEY, FRANCIS. The New Comparative Theology. Interreligious Insights from the Next Generation. New York: T&T Clark, 2010.
  • FITZGERALD, MICHAEL. AND BORELLI, J. (eds). Interfaith Dialogue: a Catholic view. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2006.
  • HILL, BRENNAN. World Religions and Contemporary Issues: how evolving views on ecology, peace and women are impacting faith today. Mystic CT: Twenty Third Pub., 2013.
  • HORSLEY, RICHARD. Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder. Minneapolis MN: Fortress Press, 2003.
  • MAYS, REBECCA (ed). Interfaith Dialogue at the grass roots. Philadelphia PA: Ecumenical Press, 2008.
  • O’COLLINS, GERALD. The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions. Oxford: University Press, 2013.
  • PAINADATH, SEBASTIAN. We are Co-Pilgrims: towards a culture of inter-religious harmony, Delhi: ISPCK, 2006.
  • PHAN, PETER. Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue, New York: Orbis Books, 2004.
  • RACE, ALAN AND PAUL, HEDGES. Christian approaches to Other Faiths. London: SCM Press, 2008.
  • SWIDLER, LEONARD ET AL. Trialogue: Jews, Christians and Muslims in dialogue. New London, CT: Twenty-Third Publications, 2007.
  • TIMMERMAN, CHRISTIANE AND BARBARA, SEGAERT. How to Conquer the Barriers to Intercultural Dialogue. Bruxelles: PIE – Peter Lang, 2005.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay on Religions and World Peace 3000 words

3000 60.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial Presentation 2000 words

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000