Identities transformed or transgressed? Exploring new frontiers in comparative theology and interreligious learning.
Framed by the concept of religious identities, join us to explore the latest developments within, and challenges to, comparative theology and associated practices of interreligious learning
Professor Francis X Clooney, the leading authority on comparative theology, has described the discipline as deep learning across religious borders. It “marks acts of faith seeking understanding, which are rooted in a particular faith tradition but which, from that foundation, venture into learning from other faith traditions”.
Professor Clooney’s articulation of the central premise and core activity of comparative theology provides an important corrective to the dominant ethos of our times: one marked by a binary opposition of ‘us against them’.
Rather than fuelling modern-day identity politics, comparative theology provides a means of transcending boundaries and occupying hybrid spaces of religious encounter and dialogue. Some may see such an encounter with difference as transgressive, but comparative theology maintains that it is precisely in learning with and from the other that one’s own identity is enriched.
In addition, a number of conference participants will present papers.
Associate-Professor Paul Hedges – SPR, RSIS, NTU, Singapore
If you have any questions, or would like to discuss details of this event, please contact the conference organisers:
Phone: +61 3 9230 8464