Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Faith, Dialogue and the Public Sphere

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, including Ecumenism

DESCRIPTION This unit will introduce graduate students to the dynamics of dialogue. This is important on many levels for the Christian. Although the aim of the study-unit is to examine the Islamic religious tradition as well as interfaith dialogue, nonetheless attention is also given to faith in the public sphere. This unit also seeks to provide an in-depth approach to Islam as a religion and as a way of life as well as a response that is both reasoned and open to dialogue and sharing of religious experience.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this unit are:

- Making students more aware of the multi-religious reality of Maltese society and of the importance of understanding the true meaning of dialogue;
- Laying the groundwork for an informed response to challenges brought about by Muslim presence or different Christian denominations in a developing secular environment;
- Equipping students with the necessary tools for engagement in Christian-Muslim dialogue or in an intercultural society.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Acquire a better working knowledge of religious experience particularly that of Islam and of other Christian denominations;
- Evaluate the various religious and secular attitudes towards certain elements of the Christian tradition;
- Present ecumenical and interreligious dialogue in the academia and in the world at large.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Engage creatively and knowledgeably with other Christian traditions, as well as with Islam and secular society;
- Arrive at a deeper understanding of the Christian faith and to value its implications in daily life;
- Evaluate the significance of religious in a non-religious context.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Gerald O'Collins, The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).
- Christian W. Troll, Dialogue and Difference: Clarity in Christian-Muslim Dialogue (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2009).

Supplementary Readings:

- The Bible.
- The Qur'an.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Joseph Ellul
Hector Scerri

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