Our current context is one of increasing diversity when it comes to religious, and non-religious, worldviews. Data from the most recent Australian census, for example, reveals that this country's religious landscape has changed dramatically over the past 100 years, from a basically uniform Christian context in the early 20th century, to a context which features all of the major world religions, some of the minor ones, and a strong proportion of those who identify as having no religion. Within such a context, the capacity for dialogue between religious worldviews, as well as between religious and non-religious worldviews, becomes of increasing importance. Reasons for engaging in dialogue vary from proselytisation of other perspectives to securing the goal of social cohesion. What underlies these approaches to dialogue? What are their various methodologies? How does theology facilitate the process? And what should be the goal of such dialogue? In this course students will have the opportunity to explore these questions and more in a critical manner.
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2016.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the complex and diverse religious context of the 21st century.
2. Critically analyse a number of features of both informal and formal attempts at dialogue in this current context.
3. Identify and critically evaluate the theological backdrop which supports such dialogue.
4. Propose creative solutions to some of the current problems that are faced in this area today.
Within the course, students will study in depth the following topics:
- Religious diversity in the context of 21st century globalisation: data from the social sciences
- Helpful and harmful instances of interreligious engagement
- Theologies of dialogue
- Looking ahead: The challenges of interreligious dialogue
Essay: 2 x Essays
Online Learning Activity: 8 x Online Discussion Board