Contemporary Theologies of World Religions

The objective of this project is to provide the theological background in light of which interreligious dialogue can gain depth and substance. All religions are challenged to reconsider their views of other world religions in the context of the changing landscape of interreligious relations and of the world at large. The project is realized through the creation of multiple teams of scholars, each representing a different religious tradition. This is therefore an intra-religious, rather than interreligious, project. Several conferences have brought together Jewish scholars from around the world to discuss the issue from a Jewish perspective. The initiative has led to courses and programs that were being held in several participating seminaries. The volume “Jewish Theology and World Religions´ has grown out of this project, as well as a soon to appear volume on “Religious Truth”. Several other of Elijah’s publications also relate to Judaism and its relations to world religions

Work was begun on a project of “Contemporary Muslim Theology of World Religions”, with support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. A major conference was held in Morocco at the University of Ifrane in May 2007 and it shaped the guidelines towards embarking on this project. These are available in a project concept paper. Plans are underway to advance this track of research and reflection.

Processes relating to theology of religions are presently being developed in collaboration with “The Global Covenant of Religions” and “The International Center for Law and Religion” at Brigham Young University, through a project of developing a multilateral global covenant of religions.

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