Christian Faith and World Religions: Inter-religious Dialogue


Six Saturdays, 2020
25 July; 1, 8 August; 5 September; 10, 17 October
10.00am – 4.30pm
+ 3-hour practicum
Australia has undergone far-reaching changes, becoming a multi-cultural and multi-faith society. That is the context in which the Catholic Church in Australia seeks to give witness to the person and message of Jesus Christ. This unit studies the magisterial documents which show the advantages and challenges of this new situation. The unit will also provide an introduction to the major world religions in order to contextualise the discussion. Within this inter-religious context, the unit considers a number of crucial theological themes such as Christology, grace, and salvation. It also introduces students to models of inter-religious dialogue. Finally, it explores ways in which the Church can be an instrument of peace and harmonious development.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 




intensive mode: 10.00am – 4.30pm; + 3-hour practicum


  • one 1,500-word essay 25%
  • one 1,500-word project journal 25%
  • one 4,000-word essay 50%


  • Bouma, Gary, Rodney Ling, and Douglas Pratt. Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific: National Case Studies. Dordrecht: Springer, 2014.
  • Clooney, Francis X. Comparative Theology: Deep Learning Across Religious Borders. Malden, MA: Wiley‐Blackwell, 2010.
  • Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Declaration "Dominus Iesus" on the Unicity and Salvific Universality of Jesus Christ and the Church. 2000.
  • Dupuis, Jacques. Christianity and the Religions. From Confrontation to Dialogue. Translated by Phillip Berryman. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002.
  • Engebretson, Kath. In Your Shoes. Inter-faith Education for Australian Schools and Universities. Ballan: Connor Court, 2009.
  • Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. Interreligious Dialogue: The Official Teaching of the Catholic Church, (1963–1995). Edited by Francesco Giola. Boston, MA: Pauline Books and Media, 1997.
  • Goosen, Gideon. Hyphenated Christians. Towards a Better Understanding of Dual Religious Belonging. Studies in Theology, Society and Culture 6. Oxford: Peter Lang, 2011. 
  • Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Dialogue and Proclamation: Reflections and Orientations on Interreligious Dialogue and the Proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 1991.
  • Shermans, Louise, and Christobel Mattingley, eds. Our Mob, God’s Story. Sydney: Bible Society Australia, 2017.
  • Vatican Council II. Nostra Aetate. Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. 28 October 1965. In Vatican II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, edited by Austin Flannery. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1980.

Further Information

2020 Flyer (pdf)