In today’s multi-religious world, marks with the increasing awareness of and encounters between people of different faiths, understanding religious pluralism has become crucial and relevant. On the one hand, connecting with religious others necessitates the proper way of living in a pluralistic society. Yet, on the other hand, maintaining one’s own particular identity is indispensable. The tension prompts theologians and religious scholars to develop various approaches to religious pluralism. This course explores and introduces major contemporary theological approaches to religious pluralism: theology of religions, comparative theology, and scriptural reasoning. We will focus on the theoretical foundation, methodology, and practical aspects of each approach. By the end of the course, students will assess each approach’s strengths and weaknesses and construct their own approach to studying religious others.
Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS – Islamic Studies: Religious Pluralism
MAIRS – Ministerial Studies: Beliefs and Practices