Chapter 9 David B. Burrell and the Horizon of a Jewish-Christian-Muslim Comparative Theology

In: A Companion to Comparative Theology
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Marianne Farina
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Abstract

The comparative theology of David B. Burrell CSC represents a special approach to the relationships between Jews, Christians and Muslims. This chapter discusses some of the characteristics of his approach in which religious life, interreligious friendship and the inclusion of medieval and modern philosophical reflections are dominant. It describes the development of his religious and academic career, both at the University of Notre Dame and abroad, together with his interreligious friendships in the Holy Land, Egypt, Bangladesh and Africa. While his focus on classical authors and themes like Thomas Aquinas and creation gives his comparative work a wide recognition among systematic theologians, the context of his work with friends of different religious and cultural contexts gives it a specific flavor as comparative theology in interreligious friendship.

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