Christians, Jews and Buddhists: Nostra aetate and learning from other religions, STAR Research Seminar

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Date(s) - 30/04/2013
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm



STAR Seminar: Tuesday 30 April 6.00-7.15pm 

Seminar Room, ACJC, H Building, 8th Floor

Christians, Jews and Buddhists: Nostra aetate and learning from other religions

A round table discussion

The 50th anniversary of the declaration of the II Vatican Council (Nostra Aetate) about different religions provides an opportunity for three researchers to share their reflections about changing Christian attitudes towards other religions, and initiate a broader discussion of the phenomenon:


Dr Morna Sturrock, AM, will speak about the influences on Nostra Aetate, in particular the Jewish contribution.


Dr John May will speak about the phenomenon of “Dual Belonging” as a test case for the theology of religions”, exploring how some people are ‘passing over’ into the spirituality of other faith communities and ‘coming back’ – transformed and enriched – to inhabit their own traditions, claiming to belong fully to both.


Fr Thien Nguyen will also speak on his doctoral research about conversion of Christians to Buddhism in Australia.


The speakers

Dr Morna Sturrock, an Adjunct Research Associate, attached to the Centre for Studies in Religion and Theology, has a particular interest and involvement in Christian/Jewish dialogue, especially since Vatican II.


Dr John D’Arcy May, also an Adjunct Research Associate in CSRT, was Associate Professor of Interfaith Dialogue at the Irish School of Ecumenics, Trinity College Dublin, until his retirement in 2007. He is editor of Converging WaysConversion and Belonging in Buddhism and Christianity. St. Ottilien: EOS Verlag, 2007.


Fr Thien Nguyen is a Divine Word Missionary priest who has undertaken postgraduate studies at Macquarie University and the MCD, and is currently undertaking doctoral study at Monash University on the phenomenon of Christians turning to Buddhism in Australia.


Books of interest

Connelly, Peter, From Enemy to Brother. The Revolution in Catholic Teaching on the Jews, 1933-65. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.

Drew, Rose, Buddhist and ChristianAn Exploration of Dual Belonging. London/New York: Routledge, 2011.

Goosen, Gideon, Hyphenated Christians: Towards a Better Understanding of Dual Religious Belonging. Oxford/Bern/New York: Peter Lang, 2011.

Knitter, Paul F., Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian. Oxford: OneWorld, 2009.


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