International Conference on Theology of Religions

October 6 - 8, 2017
The Newman Institute University College, Uppsala, Sweden.

An international conference on Theology of Religions will be hosted by the Newman Institute in October 2017. Conference speakers include world-renowned scholars in the field. Registration is open! 

Theology of Religions – Roman Catholic Perspective

”Theology of Religions” is among the most burning issues within Christian theology today. Systematic and fundamental theologians, as well as specialists in non-Christian religions, will study and discuss different ways of handling conflicting truth claims and religious narratives between religions.

This international conference, sponsored by the Newman Institute, will draw some of the most prominent Catholic and Protestant experts within the field. The aim of the conference is to give an overview of the present status of ”Theology of Religions” from a Roman Catholic perspective, as well as to further discuss open and controversial issues within this field. The formulation ”Roman Catholic perspective” should not be understood as excluding Protestant voices, nor as indicating a monolithic pre-understanding of the topic. However, even if the issues are common for all theologians focusing on this topic, confessional traditions play an important, though not always articulated, role.

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Registration: Please click here to download the registration form and send your completed registration form to .

List of conference speakers:

Archbishop Joseph Augustine DiNoia, O.P., Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Rome;
Professor Dr. Klaus von Stosch, Universität Paderborn;
Professor Dr. Marianne Moyaert, Faculty of Theology, VU University, Amsterdam;
Professor Dr. Joshua Ralston, School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh;
Professor Dr. Anna Bonta Moreland, Villanova University, Pennsylvania;
Professor Dr. Anja Middelbeck-Varwick, Freie Universität, Berlin;
P. Diego Sarrió Cucarella, MAfr, Pontificio Istituto di Studi Arabi e d’Islamistica, Rome;
Professor Dr. Wilhelmus G.B.M. (Pim) Valkenberg, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC;
Professor Dr. Oliver Wiertz, Hochschule St Georgen, Frankfurt a. M.;
Professor Dr. Reinhold Bernhardt, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Basel;
Professor Dr. Peter Jonkers, Tilburg School of Catholic Theology, Utrecht;
Professor Dr. Veli Matti Kärkäinen, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California;
Professor Dr. Gavin D’Costa, University of Bristol.


Participants will need to make their own arrangements for accommodations and meals. After registration we will send you information with recommended hotels offering discounted prices in central Uppsala.

Transport to and from Uppsala:

Uppsala is easily reached by train in just 38 minutes from Stockholm and 18 minutes from Arlanda Airport. To and from the airport, you can continue to Uppsala by  direct train, with departures from SkyCity. If you wish to travel by taxi, the three largest taxi companies in Uppsala offer fixed prices for travel between Uppsala and Arlanda.

About the Newman Institute:

The Newman Institute is a small Jesuit university college located in the heart of Uppsala, Sweden’s oldest university town. Surrounded by historic university buildings and the impressive Uppsala cathedral, the Newman Institute offers a culturally rich and exciting milieu for students. Founded in 2001, the Newman Instiute has academic programs in theology, philosophy and cultural studies taught from a Catholic perspective. As Sweden’s only Catholic college, the Institute offers a unique learning experience. The Swedish context shapes students’ encounters with theology and philosophy, bringing them face-to-face with issues like ecumenism, secularism, the relevance of religion in a prospering society, the relationship between science and religion, and the relationship between Church and state. At the same time, the diverse cultures and nationalities represented in the faculty and students at the Institute create a stimulating international milieu.

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