by William Storrar

One of the founding aims of the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI) is to foster inter-religious scholarship. In response to recent media comment on CTI’s focus in the study of religion, I am delighted to take this opportunity to publicize the Center’s contribution to Jewish, Islamic, and Inter-religious scholarship.

In particular, I would commend two recent books to all who are looking for thoughtful scholarship across religious traditions that reflect the work of CTI. The first is called Crisis, Call, and Leadership in the Abrahamic Traditions. It is the work of a CTI research group of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian scholars interpreting common texts, co-led by Peter Ochs, Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Virginia. The second book is called Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law: Searching for Common Ground?, co-edited by Anver Emon, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Religion, Pluralism and the Rule of Law, University of Toronto Faculty of Law.  It is the work principally of a group of scholars in Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law that CTI was privileged to convene at the request of the International Bar Association.

One of the consultation series that CTI will be running in its current Inquiry on the Societal Implications of Astrobiology will involve scholars of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Christianity, discussing together the impact of the search for biological life in the universe on religiously pluralist societies. We look forward to announcing their published work in due course, and gratefully acknowledge the support of the John Templeton Foundation for this inter-religious research consultation on the societal impact of astrobiology.