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Theologian to Discuss Dialogue Between Christianity and Eastern Religion

Loyola press release - February 8, 2007

The Loyola University New Orleans Biever Lecture Series Presents, "Can There Be Dialogue Between Christianity and Eastern Religion? The Story of an Early Jesuit in Tibet," by Trent Pomplun of Loyola University of Baltimore on Thursday, February 15, 2007. The lecture will take place from 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. in Miller Hall, Room 114. It is free and open to the public.

Tibetologists have long considered the Jesuit missionary and adventurer Ippolito Desideri (1684-1733) the founder of modern Tibetan Studies. A small group of Roman Catholic Tibetologists has also considered him a precursor (or even proponent) of the inter-religious dialogue championed by the Second Vatican Council. This lecture will explore Desideriís own theology of dialogue through a concise analysis of his Italian, Tibetan, and Tamil writings. In doing so, it will show that seventeenth-century debates about the salvation of non-Christians in the Society of Jesus did indeed anticipate many of the issues addressed by better-known twentieth century theologians, but in ways quite different than Desideriís current admirers imagine.

For more information, contact Professor Grant Kaplan in Religious Studies at 865-3679, or email at gakaplan@loyno.edu.