ST 313 Ecumenism and Inter-Religious Dialogue

Module Level


Time Allowance

12 hours lecture + weekly reading and assignments


80% final essay (2000 words); 20% participation and formal debate

Module Aims

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.).

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
  • Discuss some of the key doctrinal and religious differences between Catholics and other Non-Catholic Christians and non-Christians.
  • Differentiate between inclusivist, pluralist, and exclusivist approaches to inter-religious dialogue.
  • Explain the different modes of dialogical activity, including spiritual, charitable, doctrinal, and ‘receptive’ ecumenism.


  • Lumen Gentium 1-17
  • Unitatis Redintegratio
  • Nostra Aetate


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