Buddhist-Christian Dialogue and Comparative Scripture Minzu University October 11, 2014 Thomas Cattoi Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, Berkeley Minzu University was first established in Beijing in 1952 as the Central Institute for Nationalities. The purpose of this new institution was to provide a place in the People's Republic of China where non-Han students could pursue higher academic studies. Over the decades, this institution would expand and become one of the leading universities in China in the fields of anthropology, linguistics, and ethnic studies. Its commitment to cultural diversity goes a long way to explaining why Minzu has also become an important center for the study of religions, with thriving programs in Christian philosophy and Tibetan studies. In 2011, the university established a new Institute of Comparative Scripture and Interreligious Dialogue, whose purpose, in the words of its brochure, is "to conduct comparative research in the classical or scriptural traditions of the great world religions and to engage in interreligious dialogue." The institute encourages the scientific studies of texts but also "allows for a study of one's own scripture as authoritative Scripture in the context of one's faith community as well as of other faith communities."
Buddhist-Christian Studies – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 16, 2015