Theologies of Religious Pluralism

REL623
Spring 2017
TH 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Area: 
Area II
MDIV Requirements: 
Diversity, Non-Christian Religion
Professor: 
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course explores the primary theological perspectives through which Christians interpret the fact of religious pluralism and the substance of diverse religious traditions. It also introduces students to the area of comparative theology. The primary aim of the course is to allow students to develop a constructive theology of religious pluralism to support leadership for  religious communities in pluralistic societies, participation in interreligious dialogue and engagement with the reality of multiple religious practice and belonging.

Background Expected: 

Students are not expected to have prior background in the study of religions, but they are expected to have some background in Christian theology. 

Course Requirements: 

Seminar expectations: reading done on time, attendance and active engagement in discussion,

Reading response papers and discussion leadership as assigned

Short Paper (6-8 pages)

Final Project: (15-20 pages) 

Basis of Evaluation: 

Class Participation brief (sat/unsat) papers and discussion leadership  30% of final grade

Short paper   6-8 pages                                                30% of final grade

Comparative topic final paper    15-20 pages                    40% of final grade