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Interreligious Dialogue: Theology and Practice

TEO 120   Interreligious Dialogue: Theology and Practice

Class hours: 21

Credits (ECTS): 

LM-OTSpecialization in Theology

Year: 1st–2nd

Term: 4th
Biennally a.y. 2022-23

LM-CUSpecialization in Communication Peace and Dialogue

Course held in Italian

The course intends to deepen, according to an interdisciplinary approach between theology and sociology, the possibility of encounter and collaboration, present in the Catholic faith, between members of different religions. This is done trying to observe the tension between fidelity to one’s own identity and openness to the others.

In the first part, through a historical revival, we will try, starting from the Old and New Testaments, to offer an interpretation, in the light of Catholic theology, of the axiom “Extra Ecclesiam nulla salus“, coined in the early centuries of Christianity. We will then proceed to the deepening of the theological debate of the twentieth century that precedes and prepares the Declaration of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council on the relationship of the Catholic Church with religions.

In the second part, the course will propose a reading of dialogue experiences between faithful of different religious traditions, developed particularly in the light of the charism of unity of the Focolare Movement and other renewing movements within other religions (Rissho Kosei kai, movement of Fetulah Gulen, followers of the imam W.D. Mohammad, Gandhian movements).

Bibliographical references:

Magisterial texts: John Paul II, Discourse to the Roman Curia, 22 December 1986

Libri di Chiara Lubich:

  • with Igino Giordani, Erano i tempi di guerra …. Agli albori dell’Ideale dell’unità, Città Nuova, Rome 2007
  • La dottrina spirituale, Città Nuova, Rome 2006
  • L’arte di amare, Città Nuova, Rome 2005
  • Possono le religioni essere partners sul cammino della pace?, intervento all’assemblea del Movimento Iniziativa e rinnovamento, Caux (Svizzera), 29.07.2003
  • Una via nuova. La spiritualità dell’unità, Città Nuova, Rome 2002
  • Incontri con l’Oriente, Città Nuova, Rome 1987
  • L’unità e Gesù Abbandonato, Città Nuova Editrice, Rome 1984
  • Discorso di accettazione del Premio Templeton,  London 1977

Books about Chiara Lubich and the Focolare Movement:

  • Bosquet Cinto, Incontrarsi nell’amore. Una lettura cristiana di Nikkyō Niwano, Città Nuova, Roma, 2009
  • Catalano Roberto, Spiritualità di comunione e dialogo interreligioso. L-esperienza di Chiara Lubich e del Movimento dei Focolari, Città Nuova, Roma, 2010
  • Cocchiaro Matilde, Nel deserto fiorisce la fraternità. Ulisse Caglioni fra i musulmani, Città Nuova, Roma, 2006
  • Coda Piero, Nella Mosche di Malcolm X. Con Chiara Lubich negli Stati Uniti e in Messico, Città Nuova, Roma 1997
  • Fondi Enzo Maria e Zanzucchi Michele, Un popolo nato dal Vangelo,. Chiara Lubich ed il Movimento dei Focolari, Edizioni San Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo, Milano, 2003
  • Zanzucchi Michele, Le Millelune, Città Nuova, Roma 2001

Other references:

  • Canobbio G, Nessuna salvezza fuori della Chiesa. Storia e senso di un controverso principio teologico, Queriniana, Brescia 2009
  • Coda P., Il logos e il nulla. Trinità, religioni, mistica, Città Nuova, Roma 2003
  • Chidi Dennis Isizoh ( a cura di), Milestones in Interreligious Dialogue. A Reading of Selected Catholic Church Documents on Relations with People of Other Religions. Essays in Honour of Francis Cardinal Arinze. Ceedee Publications, Roma e Lagos, 2002
  • de Lubac Henry., Catholicisme. Les aspects sociaux du dogme, Cerf, Paris, 1938, V ed. rivista
  • Di Pilato V., All’incontro con Dio. In dialogo con la teologia di Hans Waldenfels, Città Nuova, Roma 2006
  • Dupuis Jacques, Il cristianesimo e le religioni. Dallo scontro all’incontro, Queriniana, Brescia 2001
  • Fitzgerald Michael, Dio sogna l’unità. I cattolici e le religioni, Città Nuova, Roma 2007
  • Gronchi Maurizio (a cura di), La salvezza degli altri. Soteriologia e religioni, S.Paolo, Cinisello Balsamo, 2004
  • Guzzetti Cherubino Mario, Islam in preghiera, Roma, 1991
  • Mitchell Donald W., Kenosi e nulla assoluto, Città Nuova, 1993
  • Niwano Nikkyo, A Buddhist Approach to Pace, Kosei, Tokyo 1978
  • Rahner Karl, Corso fondamentale sulla fede, Edizioni Paoline, Alba 1977
  • Sesboüé Bernard., Fuori della Chiesa nessuna salvezza? Storia di una formula e problemi di interpretazione, San Paolo, Milano 2009
  • Terrin Aldo N., La ricerca di Dio nelle religioni, Bologna 1980
  • Whaling Frank, Christian Theology and World Religions: A Global Approach, London 1986
  • AA.VV., Twenty five Years of the Focolare Movement in India, Focolare Movement, St. Paul’s Publications, Mumbai, 2005

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