World Religions, Peace & Conflict


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Course Overview

Unlock a profound understanding of the world’s major religions and their impact on peace and conflict with the Certificate in World Religions, Peace, and Conflict. This part-time course is designed to enhance your interpretative skills and deepen your insight into Christian theology within today’s diverse and pluralistic society.

Explore the core beliefs, worldviews, rituals, and scriptures of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Gain valuable conceptual and practical skills in interfaith dialogue, essential for fostering peaceful coexistence, mutual enrichment, and shared understanding among different religious traditions.

Our course examines the politics and interpretation of religious traditions, showing their connections to conflicts and peace. You’ll learn to rethink ideas about secularity and religion to promote justice, peace, and the well-being of the world. Engage with religious conflicts, like those in Gaza, and use your faith to help build peace.

Join us and become a catalyst for positive change in our interconnected world.

Credits: 10 ECTS

Course Practicalities

Course will be delivered on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm – 9.30pm online for 12 weeks.  Scheduled day may be subject to change.

Next course runs from 10th September – 3rd December 2024.

Closing Date for applications

8th August 2024

Course Content

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Christian approaches to other religions
  • Exploration of major religious traditions
  • Major scriptures of world religions
  • Historical interactions of Christianity and other religious traditions and the ways in which misunderstandings can be overcome.
  • Various interfaith initiatives of the churches and other religious traditions
  • Exploration of interfaith dialogue.
  • Religion’s role in violence and peace
  • Fundamentalist forms of religions and their relationship with the political field.
  • How the intersection between faith and reason has promoted non-violence and just-peace in the world
Course Lecturer

Michael Sherman is a lecturer in theology at Carlow College. He is a graduate of the Pontifical University, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he is currently completing his doctoral dissertation on history and transcendence in Karl Rahner’s theology. He has studied and researched theology in the department of Fundamental Theology at the AlbertLudwigsUniversität, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. He is, further, an adjunct researcher at the Irish Centre for Faith and Culture, Maynooth (2012-present).

Michael’s research interests include: the theology of Karl Rahner; the existential philosophy of Martin Heidegger and its influence on twentieth century catholic thought; the interface between theology and the arts; and religious experience in contemporary culture.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be at least 18 years old at course commencement.

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Please note our refund policy as follows

100% refund if student cancels before course registration

100% refund if course is cancelled due to insufficient numbers


If student cancels after registration/first week of course – full refund minus €50 administration fee

If student cancels after second week of course – no refund