From pre-dialogue to interreligious dialogue: interreligious theologization as the starting point of a reliable religious education

Abstract

This essay touches upon the challenge of education in theological seminaries. It scrutinizes the relevance of theological education to practical ministry in the interreligious context of our world. It proposes that such a theoretical preparation of students for serving in such a world on the theoretical level of education is very necessary, provided that the pedagogical system in these seminaries itself transforms into a theological education that is more crudely interreligious in nature and founded on training in interreligious theologization.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.

References

  1. Awad, N. G. (2011a). Extra trinitate nulla salus: A comparison between the trinitarian and the christological language in scripture. Theological Review, 32(2), 125–152.

    Google Scholar 

  2. Awad, N. G. (2011b). Theology of religions, universal salvation and the holy spirit. Journal of Pentecostal Theology, 20(2), 252–271.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Farley, E. (2001). Theologia: The fragmentation and unity of theological education. London: Wipf & Stock.

    Google Scholar 

  4. Gatwa, T. (2003). Theological education in Africa: What prospects for sharing knowledge. Exchange, 32(3), 193–213.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Heim, S. (2014). Mark, ‘The shifting significance of theologies of religious pluralism’. In P. Phan & J. Ray (Eds.), Understanding religious pluralism: Perspectives from religious studies and theology (pp. 242–259). Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.

    Google Scholar 

  6. Herbst, M. (2007). Evangelism in theological education. International Review of Mission, 96(382–83), 263–276.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Jüngel, E. (2000). To tell the world about god: The task for the mission of the Church on the threshold of the third millennium. International Review of Mission, 89(353), 203–216.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  8. Kelsey, D. H. (1992). To understand god: What’s theological about a theological school. Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press.

    Google Scholar 

  9. Lütcke, K. H. (1983). ‘Principles of theological education in Germany’, trans. M. Bourke. Scottish Journal of Theology, 36(4), 433–446.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  10. Markham, I. S. (2010). Theological education in the twentieth century. Anglican Theological Review, 92(1), 157–165.

    Google Scholar 

  11. McDaniel, C., & Pierard, R. V. (2004). The politics of appointments to protestant theological faculties in Germany: The case of professor Erich Geldbach. Journal of Church and State, 46(1), 55–82.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  12. McIntyre, J. (1980). The place of Christian studies in religious education. Scottish Journal of Theology, 33(3), 257–272.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  13. Prebhakar, S. (2006). Religious education in Indian contexts. Studies in World Christianity, 12(1), 50–58.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  14. Sabra, G. F. (2009). Truth and service: A history of the near east school of theology. Beirut: Librarie Antoine S.A.L/Near East School of Theology.

    Google Scholar 

  15. Steuernagel, V. (2003). The relevance and effects of European academic theology on theological education in the third world. Evangelical Review of Theology, 27(3), 203–213.

    Google Scholar 

  16. Taylor, N. H. (2000). Educating theological educators for Africa in the twenty-first century. Religion & Theology, 7(1), 82–86.

    Article  Google Scholar 

  17. Tienou, T. (1998). The theological task of the Church in Africa. In S. Ngewa, M. Shaw, & T. Tienou (Eds.), Issues in African Christian theology (pp. 3–11). Nairobi, Kampala & Dar es Salam: East African Education Publishers.

    Google Scholar 

  18. Tracey, D. (1984). Is a hermeneutics of religion possible? In L. S. Rouner (Ed.), Religious pluralism (pp. 116–129). Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press.

    Google Scholar 

  19. Water, D. P. (2005). Transforming theological education and ministerial formation. International Review of Mission, 94(373), 203–211.

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Najib George Awad.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Awad, N.G. From pre-dialogue to interreligious dialogue: interreligious theologization as the starting point of a reliable religious education. j. relig. educ. 66, 11–21 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40839-018-0053-0

Download citation

Keywords

  • Theological Education
  • Interreligious education
  • Theology of religions