Interreligious Resources

Interreligious Resources2019-10-31T09:05:46-07:00
Baird, Justus.”Multifaith Education in American Theological Schools: Looking Back, Looking Ahead.”2019-07-31T13:28:03-07:00

Teaching Theology and Religion 16, 4 (2013). Baird discusses the emergence of multifaith education in theological schools in the period bounded by Eck”s A New Religious America (2002) and the establishment of the ATS standards in 2012.

Bender, Courtney and Pamela E. Kassen. After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement.2019-08-01T11:38:46-07:00

New York: Columbia University Press, 2010.

Berling, Judith. “Finding Our Way: Issues and Challenges in Interreligious Learning.”2019-08-01T11:16:58-07:00

An overview of the Luce Project on the Current State of Interreligious Education. To be published in Teaching Theology and Religion.

Berling, Judith. “The Developing Pedagogies of Theological Education.”2019-08-01T11:16:25-07:00

In Experiments in Empathy for our Time. See below.

Boys, Mary C. and Sara S. Lee. “The Catholic-Jewish Colloquium: An Experiment in Interreligious Learning.”2019-08-01T11:17:27-07:00

Religious Education 91, 4 (1996).

Brecht, Mara and Reed Locklin, eds., Comparative Theology in the Millennial Classroom: Hybrid Identities, Negotiated Boundaries2019-10-31T09:08:31-07:00

(New York: Routledge, 2016).

Carlson, Jeffrey. “From Site Unseen to Experiential Learning: Religious Studies in the ‘Discover Chicago’ Model.”2019-08-01T11:31:08-07:00

Teaching Theology and Religion, 1, 2 (1998).

Clooney, Francis X. Comparative Theology: Deep Learning Across Religious Borders.2019-10-31T09:09:40-07:00

 Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1995). Perhaps the leading proponent of a textual approach to comparative theology. 

Coleman, Monica.  “Teaching African American Religious Pluralism.”2019-08-01T11:32:05-07:00

In Experiments in Empathy for our Time. . Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.  Coleman argues that the complex cultural backgrounds and identities of African Americans renders “standard” concepts about pluralism inadequate; for African Americans and many migrants and mixed race peoples,  “inter-religious” is also “intra-personal.”

Dyrness, William. Senses of Devotion: Interfaith Aesthetics in Buddhist and Muslim Communities2019-08-01T11:50:55-07:00

Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2013.  Dyrness’s observes and reports on the aesthetical practices and sensibilities of practicing communities as a way of appreciating their distinctive spirituality.

Eck, Diana L.  “Dialogue and Method: Reconstructing the Study of Religion.”2019-08-01T11:39:29-07:00

In Kimberly Patton and Benjamin C. Ray., eds. A Magic Still Dwells: Comparative Religion in the Postmodern Age. (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000). Eck argues that the presence of actual religious others in the classroom mandates a change in the ways that religions are taught.  The entire volume explores the challenges to traditional approaches to teaching other religions in the twenty-first century. 

Farina, Marianne, SCS, and Robert W. McChesney, SJ. “A Contextual Model for Interreligious Learning In Teaching Interreligious Encounters.”2019-10-31T09:12:23-07:00

xCf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.  The authors describe a model where the other culture (in this case Indonesia) is seen as a theological resource; Catholic students are immersed in the context and engage in joint study and conversation with Muslim students.  They also provide a model for how to measure the “outcomes” of their interreligious education. 

Farley, Edward. “Four Pedagogical Mistakes: A Mea Culpa.”2019-08-01T11:46:14-07:00

In Teaching Theology and Religion, 8, 4 (2005).  Farley argues for understanding and teaching theology not as another academic discipline, but as embodied wisdom.  See Thatamanil’s approach of this under Embodied/Lived/Experiential approaches, above. 

Fernandez., Eleazar, ed. Teaching for a Multifaith World.2019-08-01T11:19:09-07:00

Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2017. A thoughtful and interdisciplinary volume exploring a range of approaches to interreligious education in a variety of theological disciplines. Individual articles cited below, as appropriate.


Firestone, Reuven. “ Interreligious Learning as a Monotheist Imperative.”2019-07-31T13:28:37-07:00

In Hadsell and Syeed, eds. Experiments in Empathy for our Time. Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above. Firestone reflects on how and why Monotheistic religions have been especially hostile toward other religions and makes a case for some openness.

Fox, Frampton, F. Edinburgh 1910 Revisited: “Give us Friends’: An India Perspective on One Hundred Years of Mission.2019-07-31T13:29:52-07:00

Bangalore: Asian Trading Corporation, 2010. A variety of Indian critical views on the legacy of Christian mission in relation to Indian culture and religion.

Friesen, J. Stanley. Missionary Responses to Tribal Religions at Edinburgh, 1910.2019-07-31T13:30:29-07:00

New York: Peter Lang, 1996. A critical rethinking of the missionary attitude toward tribal religions, lifting up missionaries who became “ethnologists” and contributed significantly to the understanding of tribal religions.

Goldschmidt, Henry and Matthew Weiner. “From World Religions to Lived Religions: Towards a Pedagogy of Civic Engagement in Secondary Religious Studies Curricula.”2019-08-01T11:33:18-07:00

In Vincent F. Biondo III and Andrew Fiala eds   Civility, Religious Pluralism, and Education. New York: Routledge, 2014).  The article shows how to get away from textbooks and have students learn religion by engaging practitioners in their community.

Graham, Stephen R. “Christian Hospitality and Pastoral Practices in a Multifaith Society: An ATS Project 2010-2012.”2019-07-31T13:31:10-07:00

Theological Education, 47, 1 (2012). Graham reports on the ATS project to develop standards for interreligious education mandated for all ATS theological seminaries.d

Habito, Ruben L. F. “Spiritual Formation in a Multifaith World.”2019-08-01T11:46:59-07:00

In Eleazar Fernandez., ed.  Teaching for a Multifaith World. Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.

Hadsell, Heidi and Najeeba Syeed, eds. Experiments in Empathy for our Time: Critical Reflections in Interreligious Education.2019-08-01T11:19:51-07:00

In press at Brill. Individual articles cited below, as appropriate.

Hedges, Paul. “Interreligious Studies.”2019-07-31T13:38:27-07:00

In Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions, 1077. Anne Ruvehov and Luis Oviedo, eds. Springer Netherlands, 2013. Hedges’ views of this emerging field have helped to shape the ongoing debate about interreligious education.

Hedges, Paul. “The Old and New Comparative Theologies: Discourses on Religions on Theology of Religions, Orientalism and the Boundaries of Religions.”2019-08-01T11:47:28-07:00

Religions  3 (2012).  A critical review of the debates around theology of religions. 

Hess, Mary E. “Designing Curricular Approaches for Interfaith Competency.”2019-08-01T11:20:16-07:00

In Teaching for a Multifaith World. See above.

Hess, Mary. “The Pastoral Practice of Christian Hospitality as Presence in a Muslim-Christian Encounter: Contextualizing the Classroom.”2019-08-01T11:20:54-07:00

In Theological Education 47, 2 (2013). Hess taught Christian seminarians in a church in a largely Muslim neighborhood of St. Paul, requiring the to canvass the needs of the neighbors, including Muslims, and to design cultural appropriate services, modeling Christian hospitality to Muslim neighbors.

Hick, John. A Christian Theology of Religions: A Rainbow of Faiths.2019-08-01T11:47:56-07:00

Louisville, KY:  Westminster Press, 1995.  A classic, if now critiqued, approach to an inclusive theology of religions.

Hong, Christine. “Interreligious Education: Transnational and Trans-spiritual Identity Formation in the Classroom.”2019-08-01T11:33:51-07:00

In Experiments for Empathy in our Time. . Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.  Hong argues for a pedagogy starting with the complex hybrid stories and identities of students, noting that many, if not most, are at least to some extent “trans-spiritual” (have  more than one spiritual identity).

Hu, Hsiao-lan. “Pluralistic Pedagogy for Pluralism.”2019-08-01T11:21:24-07:00

In Teaching Interreligious Encounters. Argues for the significance of recognizing complex, hybrid cultural identities in teaching in engaging pluralism.

Jiwa, Munir. “Reflections on Islamic Studies in Interreligious Contexts.”2019-08-01T11:37:01-07:00

Muslim World,  2018; Hartford Seminary. 299 ff.  Also, see his chapter in Experiments in Empathy for Our Time. Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above. Jiwa’s essay represents a non-sectarian Islamic approach to interreligious education in and interreligious context.

Johnson, Cindi Beth and Jann Catherine Weaver. “Letting the Arts Lead: The Role of Arts in Interfaith Dialogue.”2019-08-01T11:51:26-07:00

In Teaching for a Multifaith World. Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.  This article explores the potential of the arts as a valuable tool in interfaith education. 

Kegan, Henry Enoch. Changing the Attitude of Christians toward Jews: A Psychological Approach through Interreligious Education.2019-07-31T13:26:30-07:00

New York: Columbia University Press, 1952. An early study of how to change attitudes through various pedagogical techniques.

Kim, Heup Young. A Theology of Dao.2019-08-01T11:48:25-07:00

Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. 2017.  An example of Asian contextual and interreligious theology that is also interdisciplinary, engaging issues of Science and Religion. 

Kojmathy, Louis. “Engaging Radical Alterity: Theological Pluralism, Interreligious Dialogue, and Encountering ‘Readity’.2019-08-01T11:34:33-07:00

In Teaching Interreligious Encounters. . Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.  In Kojmathy’s courses students engage in the practice of another religion, reflect on that practice, and engage in a community activity of that religion. 

Kreimer, Nancy Fuchs. “Interreligious Education at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.”2019-08-01T11:37:27-07:00

In Experiments in Empathy for our Time.  Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.  Kreimer traces the thoughtful evolution of progressive Jewish pedagogical thinking about the needs for and appropriate forms of interreligious education, and especially Jewish-Muslim engagement.

Kujawa- Holbrook, Sheryl A. God Beyond Borders: Interreligious Learning among Faith Communities.2019-08-01T11:22:07-07:00

Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014.

Landau, Yeshedel. “Interfaith Leadership Training at Hartford Seminary: The impact of the Advanced ‘Building Abrahamic Partnerships’ Course,”2019-08-01T11:54:00-07:00

D. Min. thesis, Hartford Seminary, 2013. 


See also, Conclusion and Reflections section of the Mapping Report of Judith Berling. 

Masuzawa, Tomoko. The Invention of the World Religions.2019-07-31T13:31:37-07:00

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. An archaological history of the emergence of the concept of world religions in Western culture.

Mikva, Rachel. “Reflections on the Waves: What Interreligious Studies can Learn from the Evolution of the Women’s Movements in the U.S.”2019-08-01T11:22:41-07:00

Chapter in Experiments in Empathy for our Time. See, above. Mikva traces the evolution of interreligious Education at Chicago Theological Seminary as an example of how thinking about pedagogical approaches to and the entailments of interreligious education have evolved over time.

Mosher, Lucinda. “Beyond World Religions: Pedagogical Principles and Practices for the Encouragement of Interfaith Hospitality and Collaboration.”2019-08-01T11:23:12-07:00

In Eleazar Fernandez, ed. Teaching for a Multifaith World. See above. Mosher reports on an Auburn seminary survey of forty seminary faculty on their approaches to interreligious education.

Mosher, Lucinda. “Chaplaincy Education Meets Multifaith Literacy Development.”2019-08-01T11:23:52-07:00

In Teaching for a Multifaith World. See above.

Moyaert, Marianne. “Interreligious Literacy and Scriptural Reasoning: Some Hermeneutical, Pedagogical, and Experiential Reflections.”2019-08-01T11:42:32-07:00

In Teaching Interreligious Encounters.  Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.

Niles, Preman. Is God Christian? Christian Identity in Public Theology: An Asian Contribution.2019-08-01T11:48:53-07:00

Minneapolis, MN:  Fortress Press, 2017.  A thoughtful reflection on the way that Asian Theologian live between two stories, one Christian and one influenced by the traditional religions of their cultural backgrounds. Niles provides examples of the range of ways that Asian theologians have addressed these issues.

Patel, Eboo and Cassie Meyer. “Teaching Interfaith Leadership.”2019-08-01T11:25:48-07:00

In Teaching Interreligious Encounters. See above.

Patel, Eboo. Interfaith Leadership: A Primer.2019-08-01T11:24:28-07:00

Boston: Beacon Press, 2016. This leader in interfaith education shares the evolution of his involvement and his pedagogical approaches.

Peace, Jennifer. “Religious Self, Religious Other: Coformation as a Model for Interreligious Education.”2019-08-01T11:26:26-07:00

In Experiments for Empathy in our Time. See above.

Pugliese, Marc A. and Alexander Y. Hwang, eds. Teaching Interreligious Encounters.2019-08-01T11:27:11-07:00

(New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. An interreligious volume with detailed descriptions of a number of approaches to interreligious education. Volume essays will be cited below, as appropriate.

Reeve, John. “A Question of Faith: The Museum as a Spiritual or Sacred Space.”2019-08-01T11:51:46-07:00

In  R. Sandell and E. Nightingaile, eds. Museums, Equality, and Social Justice. (London: Routledge, 2012).  Reeve describes how a course on Hinduism was taught using a museum and its art as the primary window. 

Rodriguez, Pravina. “A Critique of Comparative Theology.”2019-10-31T09:14:20-07:00

Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology, 3,1 (2017).  An Indian Catholic, Rodriguez critiques the persistent Christo-centrism of Theology of Religions, and argues for an embodied approach (learning the other religion through practice.”

Schipani, Daniel S. “Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Multifaith Contexts.”2019-08-01T11:27:44-07:00

In Teaching for a Multifaith World. See above. Schipani seeks to establish a universal model of spiritual formation that can be adapted to multiple religions.

Schoenfeld, Devorah and Jeanine Diller. “Using Hevruta to Do and Teach Comparative Theology.”2019-08-01T11:43:38-07:00

In Teaching Interreligious Encounters. . Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.  A description of a Hevruta approach.  In the Mapping Report on Interreligious Education (Berling), the section on Textual approaches also describes hevruta approaches at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley (Muslim-Jewish). 

Sharpe, Eric. Comparative Religion: A History.2019-07-31T13:32:10-07:00

Chicago, Il. University of Chicago Press, 2nd ed., 1986. A classic history of the development of the Western study of non-Christian religions, particularly literate religions.

Solivan, Samuel. “Interreligious Dialogue: An Hispanic-American Pentecostal Perspective.”2019-08-01T11:49:45-07:00

In Mark S. Heim, ed. Ecumenical Responses to Religious Pluralism.  Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1998.

Thatamanil, John. “Integrating Vision: Comparative Theology as the Quest for Interreligious Wisdom.”2019-08-01T11:35:34-07:00

In Experiments for Empathy in our Time. . Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above.  Thatamanil argues for interreligious pedagogy through asking students to engage in the practices of another religion, to embody their wisdom, and then to reflect on their learnings. 

Yeo, K.K. Musings with Confucius and Paul: Toward a Chinese Christian Theology.2019-08-01T11:44:16-07:00

London: Wifp and Stock, 2008.  And intertextual reading and theological reflection on Confucius and Paul by a Singaporean Chinese.

Yong, Amos. Beyond the Impasse: Toward a Pneumatological Theology of Religions.2019-08-01T11:50:10-07:00

Grand Rapids, MI:  Baker Academic, 2003).  A striking Pentecostal/Evangelical approach to interreligious openness in Christian theology and to the need for interreligious education. 

Yuskaev, Timur. “‘God’s Mericy is Broader than This’: Theological Sensibilities and Interreligious Theological Education.”2019-08-01T11:37:57-07:00

In Hadsell and Syeed, eds. Critical Empathy for Our Time. Cf. section on Current Literature on Interreligious Education and Pedagogy, above. Analyzes how the education of Muslim chaplains in an interreligious context shaped their approach to pastoral challenges.

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