Top 20 Seminaries

The Top 20 Seminaries Engaged in Multifaith Education in 2009

Of the 150 schools included in Beyond World Religions: The State of Multifaith Education in American Theological Schools, a first-of-its-kind study released by Auburn Seminary in December 2009, the following institutions are notable for their commitment to multifaith education.  Because of the variety of approaches as well as major differences in institution size, resources and enrollment, the following notable theological schools represent diverse paths toward excellence in multifaith education. This Top 20 list is unranked and schools appear in alphabetical order.

Boston University School of Theology Boston University School of Theology has a deep institutional commitment to multifaith education. Associate Dean John Berthrong is Assistant Professor of Comparative Religion and also Director of the Institute for Dialogue Among Religious Traditions (INDART). INDART's mission is to encourage interfaith relations within the School of Theology. "The programs of the institute enable academic, professional, and theological reflection on the diversities of contemporary pluralistic religious experience and societies. The goals of the institute are (1) to stimulate Christian reflection about the theological challenge of religious pluralism and (2) to encourage the practical exploration of interfaith relations, cooperation, and dialogue with individuals, as well as authentic communities of faith. The institute arranges and sponsors lectures, seminars, conferences, courses, field education, exchanges, and travel programs designed to explore the modern diversity of global and local dialogue relationships." In addition to Professor Berthrong, at least six other professors publish and teach on interreligious matters; some NT courses are taught by a Jewish professor (Paula Frederiksen). The Admissions officer works extensively in the arena of Christian-Muslim relations.
Brite Divinity School Brite Divinity School describes itself as an institution that seeks to "equip leaders to serve in an increasingly diverse church and society by maintaining and promoting...a curriculum that addresses religious plurality [i.e., that provides for the] study of Judaism, Islam, and other religious traditions." It has a Pastoral Care and Training Center which describes itself as "diverse, inclusive, and pluralistic". It sponsors a Jewish Studies Program, designed to support the teaching and scholarly study of Judaism, to promote the historical contribution of Judaism to civilization, to foster a better understanding of the faith heritage of Christianity, and to encourage more informed dialogue and understanding among Jews and Christians. It has a professorship in "World Christianity and Religions."
Catholic Theological Union The largest Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry in North America, CTU describes itself as a place where "students from all over the world, of every age and vocation, study together," and "learn about the Catholic faith as well as how to dialogue with other Abrahamic faith traditions - Protestant, Jewish and Muslim." Professors John Pawlikowski and Scott Alexander are well known for their interreligious work.
Fuller Theological Seminary Fuller School of Theology's School of Intercultural Studies is "dedicated to equipping men and women to cross the barriers that block people from seeing, hearing, and believing the gospel." Its faculty includes several well-known scholars in the arena of Christian-Muslim relations. It offers some 13 courses through which Christians can learn about Islam. Some of its multifaith course offerings consider religion and the arts. Interestingly, it has a robust number of courses on "Messianic Judaism." Fuller students and faculty participate in a number of interfaith dialogue efforts, including ongoing Evangelical-Mormon and Christian-Muslim dialogues.

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