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Doing Theology Inter‐religiously?

Ray, Anita; D'Arcy May, John and Dupuche, John R. (2013) Doing Theology Inter‐religiously? Australian E-Journal of Theology, 20 (2). pp. 94-107. ISSN 1448-6326


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The visit of Professor Francis Clooney to Australia in the winter of 2012
generated a good deal of lively conversation within the Centre for Interreligious
Dialogue at Australian Catholic University. Clooney, an American Jesuit, Professor of
Comparative Theology and Parkman Professor of Divinity at Harvard University is a
leading global exponent of comparative theology. In this essay, we seek to examine the
historical development of the discipline, discuss its distinctive features and probe the
reasons for its emergence in a revitalised form in the Anglo‐American academy towards
the close of the twentieth century. Sections 2 and 3 of the article elaborate specific forms
of comparative theology—Buddhist‐Christian and Christian‐Hindu collaborative
learning—and suggest potential areas for future research. We conclude that the
rejuvenated discipline represents a creative and fruitful way of doing theology in our
pluralistic and globalised world.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: comparative theology; Francis X. Clooney; religious diversity; comparative religions, theology of religions, interreligious dialogue, Masao Abe, John Makransky, dualism and non‐dualism
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220402 Comparative Religious Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Rev Dr John R. Dupuche
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2014 01:34
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2014 01:34
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1351

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