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date: 19 May 2019

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This Epilogue offers a response to the Handbook and looks to the future by focusing on four topics from the standpoint of the academic Christian. First, in university settings, diversity is seen as healthy, with the combination of theology and religious studies as optimal. Second, the character of Christian theology in the university and other settings is explored, identifying four key elements: retrieval of the past; contemporary engagement; rigorous and imaginative thinking; and communication in many genres. Third, a number of practices that enable fruitful engagement between the Abrahamic traditions are named, the main discussion being of Scriptural Reasoning, in which Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scriptures are studied and discussed alongside each other. Fourth, among the challenges facing all the Abrahamic religions, and requiring responsible participation by scholars and thinkers, five are considered: religious literacy; formation for leadership; issues of justice and compassion; peace and reconciliation; and care for the ecosystems of our planet.

Keywords: scholarship, scriptural reasoning, scripture, universities, dialogue, theology, religious studies, Christian, secular, religious literacy

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