ST 111 - Christianity & World Religions

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Module Level


Time Allowance

Lectures: 24 hours Tutorials: 3 hours Assignment: 15 hours Private study: 60 hours


Continuous Assessment & Tutorials: 15% Essay, 1,500 word essay: 25%. End of semester examination: 60%

Module Aims

  • To offer a general introduction to the main religious traditions of the world
  • To examine the relationship between these other religions and the Catholic Church
  • To look at avenues for inter-religious dialogue

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic outlines of the relationship between Divine Revelation, Catholicism and the various world religions
  • Describe the origin and development of a select number of the World Religions (e.g. Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhism)
  • Outline the essential characteristics of the beliefs of these religions
  • Understand the challenges arising for religion in the world most notably fundamentalism
  • The relationship between Christianity and the major world religions and issues arising Nostra Aetate, Dominus Iesus and the various official dialogues between the Catholic Church and the various world religions
  • Examine the tensions between Christian evangelisation and inter-religious dialogue


  • Textbook: Philip Barnes, World Religions. Into the Classroom: Religious Education and the Leaving Certificate. Dublin: Veritas, 2003
  • John A. Hardon, S.J. Religions of the World. An Image Book. New York: Doubleday, 1963. N.B. this book is out of print, but the full text is available on-line at: