Continuous Assessment: 40% (Essay and Tutorials) End of Semester Examination: 60%
The aim of this module is to familiarize students with the Catholic Church’s ecumenical and inter-religious engagement. More particularly, the module (i) covers the key ecclesiological and theological principles which guide Catholic dialogue and (ii) explores in some depth certain ecumenical and inter-religious dialogues (E.g., Catholic – Jewish dialogue, Catholic – Lutheran dialogue etc.).
Texts to be read (include, but are not limited to):
Lumen Gentium 1-17
Ut Unum Sint
Dialogue and Proclamation
Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification
- — Explain the difference between Ecumenism and Inter-religious dialogue.
- — Explain how dialogue, both ecumenical and inter-religious, is compatible with fundamental Catholic ecclesiological principles.
- — Explain how the dogmatic axiom Extra ecclesiam nulla salus is to be understood.
- — Explain some of the historical factors that led to divisions among Christians.
- — Discuss some of the key doctrinal and religious differences between Catholics and other Non-Catholic Christians and non-Christians.
- — Explain the different modes of dialogical activity, including spiritual, charitable, doctrinal, and ‘receptive’ ecumenism.
- — Differentiate between inclusivist, pluralist, and exclusivist approaches to inter-religious dialogue.
- — Give detailed examples of some of the fruits or breakthroughs of ecumenical and inter-religious dialogues.