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Today’s multi-religious world demands different approaches in theological discourses. Comparative theology has emerged as a field that focuses on ways in which learning from non-Christian religions can enrich Christian theology. This lecture goes beyond a comparison of similarities and differences by presenting how the study of an Islamic concept of sainthood (walāya) may inform Christians in answering one question that emerges from today’s multi-faith context: “Is it possible for Christians to acknowledge individuals of other traditions as saints?”
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
4:30 – 5:30pm Quad 264
Saint John’s University
Hans Harmakaputra is a PhD candidate in the Theology Department at Boston College. He received his MA in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations from Hartford Seminary, and his BA in Theology from Jakarta Theological Seminary. He has authored numerous articles and a chapter in the book Violence, Religion, Peacemaking edited by Douglas Ervin-Erickson and Peter C. Phan. His dissertation work is supported in part by the Collegeville Institute where he is a Resident Scholar and a Bishop Thomas Hoyt Jr. Fellow.