This unit is designed to explore the significance and importance of interreligious 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.

This unit will further examine the biblical and theological foundations for interreligious dialogue and address its related challenges and opportunities. It will engage in some actual dialogue, leading to a harmonious society in the Australian context and beyond.

Unit code: DM9014Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


develop an understanding of interreligious dialogue


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


justify how interreligious dialogue is an experience of rootedness and openness


compare interreligious dialogue with the mission of proclamation


assess interreligious dialogue as an expression of the divine reign


appraise the relation between world peace and interreligious dialogue


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 (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Tutorial Presentation

2000 40.0

Essay on Religions and World Peace

6000 60.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-10-14 15:22:35 +1100