Living Theology York 2019 - Courses

“Children of Abraham” - Interfaith Topics    
[Living Theology York, 2019, with The Newman Association]


Our Courses


For Saturday, each person should choose either Course A or Course B;
for Sunday, each person should choose either Course C or Course D (see the Booking Form)


Course A: ‘An Introduction to Islam’, with Damian Howard SJ

Islam is the second largest religion in the world and the fastest growing.  It is often portrayed in the West in an inaccurate way.  This course will present foundational information about the religion to a Christian audience, pointing up similarities and contrasts between the two traditions.

A1.  Muhammad and the Qur’an
A2.  Islamic Beliefs and Practices
A3.  Islamic Law and Society

Course B:  ‘John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement’, with George Herring

B1.  Newman and Anglicanism
This session will examine the challenges faced by the Church of England between 1828 and 1833, and the particular response to them of Newman and his friends based in the university of Oxford, resulting in what became known as the Oxford Movement.

B2.  Newman in transition – Anglican to Catholic
From 1839 Newman became increasingly disillusioned with the Anglicanism he had previously defended.  The reasons, both theoretical and practical, will form the core of this session, culminating with his conversion to Catholicism in 1845.

B3.  Newman in his own words: document and discussions
It is important to analyse Newman's writings in this period in order to understand the movements within his thinking, and so a number of passages from key texts will be utilised, and a discussion about them encouraged.

Course C:  ‘Christian – Muslim relations’, with Damian Howard SJ

Christian and Muslim communities around the world often live peaceably together but sometimes in conflict.  The reasons for the latter are complex and require an understanding not only of the logic of each religion but also an understanding of how post-colonialism frames the tensions experienced across the globe.

C1.  How Islam sees Christianity
C2.  Islam in the Modern World
C3.  Christian Approaches to Islam

Course D: ‘British Jews and Judaism, from the inside and the outside’ with Gabriel Webber

D1.  Jewish intrafaith
Judaism is no monolith and before we even start with interfaith, Jews need to engage in some intrafaith learning and dialogue. This session will explore the different denominations of Judaism, their similarities and differences, and their relationship with one another.

D2.  Jews and non-Jews
Jews were, perhaps, the world's first minority. Spread out in foreign lands for thousands of years, Jewish thinkers have come up with a multitude of ideas and principles about how we should manage our minority status, and interact with the non-Jews around us. From the Hittites to early Christians to present day mixed-faith families, this session will explore ancient and modern ideas about how Jew and non-Jew live side by side.

D3.  British Jews and the outside world, right now
Interfaith is growing in importance for many Jewish leaders. In fact, almost every big issue that British Jews are currently talking about over Shabbat dinner relates closely to how we coexist in a plural society with our non-Jewish neighbours. Our status as a practising religious minority is something we share with other faiths, so this is an opportunity to find out what topics we're mulling over and how we will work on them with the outside world.

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