THL485 Christian Theology and Religious Pluralism (8)

The public forum in which the Christian faith is expressed is now characterized by religious pluralism. Talk about God, faith and religion is carried out in the political and social arena in a manner which presupposes diversity. It is now becoming more common for an exposition of Christian Theology to be conducted in the presence of the religious 'other'. This subject relates the changing nature of theology to developments in the public arena.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Theology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a familiarity with changes in the contemporary religious landscape of Australia;
  • be able to evaluate critically the public rhetoric of tolerance, encounter and dialogue;
  • be able to situate the contemporary debate over religious diversity inside a tradition of how the Christian faith has responded to other faiths;
  • be able to demonstrate a critical familiarity with diverse models and typologies of how a Christian theology should relate to the presence of other faiths;
  • be able to discuss critically the worldviews and contributions to society of faiths other than Christianity;
  • be able to give an account of selected Christian doctrines in the light of the claims made by other faiths;
  • be able to locate the importance of religious pluralism to debates in the public arena.


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The Multifaith Society - The Place of the Christian Faith in Contemporary Society - The Principles of 'Tolerance', 'Encounter' and 'Dialogue' - Multifaith Dimensions in the Christian Theological Tradition: The New Testament - Multifaith Dimensions in the Christian Theological Tradition: The Early Church - Multifaith Dimensions in the Christian Theological Tradition: Christendom, Colonisation and Mission - Multifaith Dimensions in the Christian Theological Tradition: Anti-Semitism - Emerging Models of a "Christian Theology of other faiths" - Beyond 'Exclusivism', 'Inclusivism' and 'Pluralism' - The Nature of Knowledge: Salvific or Natural? - The Particularity of Christ and the problem of the Trinity - Competing faiths in local neighbourhoods - The Future of a Christian Theology of Other Faiths.


Current Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.