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Theology Bridging Traditions, Cultures and Disciplines

The Theology Department at Marquette University seeks to bridge traditions, cultures and disciplines from the perspective of a Catholic and Jesuit University rooted in its own tradition, but in dialogue with other Christian communities and religious faiths. The task of theology today is to bring a faith perspective grounded in the great tradition of the Gospel into dialogue with our contemporary world. This requires both a deep knowledge of the Gospel and the tradition that has thought deeply on that message as well as a keen awareness of the world in which we live.

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Dr. Irfan Omar, associate professor theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences, discussed a course he teaches called Christian-Muslim Dialogue. He said the class highlights the similarities and differences between the Christian and Muslim faiths, with the goal of bringing students of all backgrounds together to create a stronger Milwaukee. "Jesus is revered (in Islam),” Omar said. “Mary is highly spoken of. In fact, one of the chapters in the Quran is named after Mary.”  Story aired on WTMJ-TV (NBC 4), March 9, 2020 

The Catholic Biblical Association of America has awarded an Emerging Scholars Fellowship to two of our JCA (Judaism and Christianity in Antiquity) doctoral Students in Hebrew Bible: Paul Cizek and Israel McGrew. The CBA Emerging Scholars Fellowship is a competitive initiative that gives selected students the chance to present their research in a context otherwise restricted to scholars who possess PhDs. Past recipients of the award include students from Notre Dame, Oxford, NYU, and several German universities (Mainz, Münster), as well as Marquette alumnus Dr. Tyler Stewart. Marquette is the first university to garner two fellowships in a single year.

Fr. Ryan Duns, S.J., assistant professor of theology in the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences was interviewed by WISN about his ban of cellphones and laptops in his theology classes. The story and interview appeared online at WISN, Jan. 22, 2020