This course introduces select theological approaches to the reality of religious plurality. It will examine how 'sufficient' these approaches might be, both from the perspective of the Christian faith's own self-description, and from the perspective of the religious other (might the religious other see themselves within the positions as stated). The course will also move from the theoretical to the practical, and engage with individuals and communities other than Christian. Students will be challenged to develop a responsible (and theologically and socially defensible) understanding of inter-religious engagement.

Unit Code: DU9030P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Ecumenical Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Map religious pluralism as a theological and social concern, especially as it has developed over the past century


Identify and evaluate key theological positions motivating interreligious engagement (encounter, dialogue)


Engage with a religious tradition other than Christianity


Analyze and evaluate a theology of interreligious engagement sensitive to the context of a secular and religiously plural society


Lectures, Seminars, Tutorial, Site Visits. A key component of this course includes site visits to other religious communities and prospective students should expect potentially irregular scheduling.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

5000 word essay comparing two theoretical positions introduced during the class

5000 75.0
Critical Review

1000-word critical review of either: Yong, Amos. Beyond the Impasse: Beyond a Pneumatological Theology of Religions. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2003. Or: Heim, S. Mark. Salvations: Truth and Difference in Religion. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1995.

1000 25.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-21 11:56:54 +1000