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Ben Braksick
Oct 30, 2015

Dept. of Theology's Annual Fall Lecture Speaker

Oct 30, 2015 by Ben Braksick

Sunday, 11/1; 2:00pm, Evans Center 150

"Nostra Aetate: The Catholic Church in Relation to Other Religions: Since Vatican II and Beyond"

Rev. Dr. Peter C. Phan, The Ignacio Ellacuría Chair of Catholic Social Thought; Georgetown University (Washington, DC).

The lecture begins with a survey of what the Catholic Church’s teaching on and attitude toward other religions before Vatican II (1963). Next, the lecture will examine Vatican II’s development —and reversal?—of the Church’s past position on other religions, especially in its Declaration on the Church’s Relation to Non-Christian Religions (Nostra Aetate), and some key Catholic theologies of religion in the last fifty years. Finally, it proposes a way forward in understanding the relation of the church to other religions and in reconceiving the nature and mission of the Church itself in light of this new understanding of the role of other religious traditions in the world today.