Dialogue between Christians and adherents of other religions has been part of the inter-religious encounter for quite some time, but it is still relatively new in the context of evangelical Christianity and Mormonism. Evangelical-Mormon dialogue takes place in differing ways in differing contexts, and the response has been mixed on both sides of the religious divide. This course will look at a variety of facets that provide a foundation to inter-religious dialogue, including why it is important in a pluralistic and post-9/11 world, a spectrum of definitions of dialogue, biblical precedents for the process, theological considerations related to the process, evangelical concerns about dialogue, and how dialogue relates to Christian mission and evangelism. A solid foundation for dialogue will be put down and then specific application will be made to evangelical-Mormon dialogue.
The course is open to those who attend the Student Dialogue Conference and want to explore the issues surrounding interreligious dialogue in general, and Evangelical-Mormon dialogue in particular, in more depth. The course includes a Student Resource Packet of relevant academic articles, a helpful bibliography, and will use Robert L. Millet and Gerald R. McDermott's Claiming Christ: A Mormon-Evangelical Debate (Brazos Press, Forthcoming 2007) as the textbook. A syllabus and registration should be available at the seminary website as they post course information for the fall semester.