from Prof. Ralph Del Colle. Marquette University
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Dear Frank,

I actually teach a course (which I proposed) called Theology of Religious Pluralism for undergraduates. It's at the third level of a 3 course theology requirement at Marquette. I've only taught it twice with low enrollments both times. Many of the students didn't know what they were getting into. I've used Dupuis, Heim, Panikkar and D'Costa. The students do seem interested once they're into it. All the rest of THEO offerings are basically Christian theology classes with the following four other courses: Survey of World Religions; Jewish Thought and Practice; Islam; Hinduism, Yoga and Buddhism. They are all at the third level as well. There is no presupposition that students in my course have taken any of these. (I don't teach these courses and I don't believe they get into a theology of interreligious dialogue). I think we could do better but I'm not sure how. I certainly would benefit from a meeting. My contribution and perspective is that of a systematic theologian, not someone from the Islamic studies, Judaic studies, etc. By the way, those other courses are taught by Bob Lambeck, SJ (a now retired Jesuit at Marquette) and an adjunct Rabbi for Jewish Law and Practice. We are looking to hire a theologian with some background in Islamic studies, but that's only beginning to take shape. I hope this is helpful for your deliberation and planning.

All the best,

Ralph Del Colle
Marquette University


Created: October 11, 2000 Updated: October 11, 2000