(Instituto Re.Te). The Religions and Theology Institute of the Faculty of Theology of Lugano now offers an English-language master’s degree dedicated to promoting interreligious dialogue called Master of Arts on Religious Dialogue: Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions.

The Master will be offered alongside the existing Italian-language degree, Master of Arts in “Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions” (celebrating over ten years online).

The purpose of the new English-language Master’s degree is the same as the Italian one: to deepen the knowledge of the world’s main religions, and above all, to shape and stimulate the conduct of interreligious dialogue. To achieve this goal, the Re.Te. Institute offers top-level instructors from around the world and representatives from the world’s main religions. 

The degree is divided into four semesters. The first semester features the lessons of the MOOC Religions from the Inside: Improving Interreligious Dialogue. In these lessons, representatives of the world’s main religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism) present the foundations of their respective faith.  

The remaining three semesters, each containing 5 lesson modules composed of other videos, respectively deepen the themes of Religious Experience in the History and in the Contemporary World, discuss Main Questions in World Religions, and offer concrete examples to go Towards an Interreligious Dialogue.

At the end of the four semesters, once all exams have been taken, students are required to prepare a thesis written under the guidance of a professor, on topics related to interreligious dialogue. With the successful completion of all exams, research portfolio, and final thesis, students will obtain a total of 120 ECTS and achieve the title of Master of Arts on Religious Dialogue: Science, Philosophy and Theology of Religions.

Details about the program can be found at the following link: 

https://www.istitutorete.ch/master-of-arts-on-religious-dialogue-science-philosophy-and-theology-of-religions-english-language/.