Children of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Course code RELT2020
Not available in 2016


Are the children of Abraham destined to a clash of civilizations today? The sacred texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam all claim the Middle Eastern patriarch Abraham as their father. However, their family resemblances have often been characterized by tension, conflicts and persecution.

The course will investigate the inter-religious and civilizational points of dialogue between these traditions over their complex histories. The theological dissonances and resemblances discussed may include: the unity of God; the nature of revelation and scripture; law, justice and theodicy; community and hierarchy; and, renunciation, ritual practice and other forms of worship.


Not currently available.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2015.

Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse points of religious difference and similarity between Judaism, Christianity and Islam;

2. Critically analyse key theological categories developed within these religious traditions;

3. Employ comparative methodologies in the study of different religions;

4. Demonstrate writing, research and information technology skills appropriate to studies in religion and theology.


The course will investigate the inter-religious and civilizational points of dialogue between Judaism, Christianity and Islam over their complex histories.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): RELI2050. Students who have successfully completed RELI2050 are not eligible to enrol in RELT2020.


This course replaces RELI2050. If you have successfully completed RELI2050 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

Online Learning Activity: Wiki Teamwork Task

Essay: Short Essay

Essay: Research Essay

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term