Interreligious Dialogue

This advanced graduate unit treats Christian responsibility in building relations with believers from other world religions and is therefore a specialised unit in Missiology. Students will research interreligious dialogue as one of the constitutive dimensions of the evangelizing mission of the Church in responding to the challenges and opportunities of religious diversity and in contributing to world peace. It includes the scriptural and theological basis and history of interreligious dialogue, recent developments in church teaching on interreligious dialogue, the relationship between proclamation and dialogue, the different types and spirituality of interreligious dialogue, contemporary models and practice, and theological issues arising from interreligious dialogue e.g. the uniqueness and salvific role of Christ.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



9 credit points in M8500 or
18 credit points at 7300 in Missiology, Theology or Christian Ethics.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. explain the implications and challenges that contemporary religious pluralism poses to Christians in doing theology
  2. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the stages of development in the church’s recent teaching documents on interreligious dialogue
  3. exercise sensitivity, competence and creativity in engaging in the various modes of interreligious dialogue
  4. articulate critical grounds for genuinely respecting, appreciating and being open to the followers, doctrines and practices of other world religions while remaining authentic to their own religious tradition
  5. reconcile the seeming incompatibility between interreligious dialogue and the proclamation of the Gospel in a convincing and coherent manner.
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