[Blueboard] MA Thesis Defense of Jaime M. Rivera, S.J. (Philippines-Thailand) on March 21, 2016

Theology and Ministry Program [LS] theomin.soh at ateneo.edu
Wed Feb 24 11:27:53 PHT 2016

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The Theology and Ministry Program of the School of Humanities invites you
to the oral defense of the MA Thesis entitled "From Peripheries to Center
to Peripheries: An Exposition and Evaluation of Robert Magliola on
Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue" by Jaime M. Rivera, S.J. on March 21, 2016
(Holy Monday), 9:00 am, at the Tipanan ni San Ignacio, Second Floor Loyola
School of Theology. The Board of Examiners is composed of Fr. Jose Mario C.
Francisco, S.J., Ph.D. (Principal Examiner), Fr. Jojo M. Fung S.J., Ph.D.,
and Ruben L.F. Habito, D.Litt. Fr. Antonio de Castro, S.J., E.H.D. is the
Thesis Adviser.  The defense is being held in partial fulfillment of the
requirements for the degree, Master of Arts in Theological Studies with
field of specialization in Systematic Theology.

*Abstract:  The thesis examines the work of Robert Magliola, a lay Catholic
theologian specializing in Derridean Deconstruction and
Buddhist-Christian dialogue.  The thesis proposes that Magliola’s  dialogue
based on “founding and irreducible differences,” which departs from “common
ground” model of dialogue, can foster or help break the impasse of
Buddhist-Catholic dialogue in Thailand.  In his new book, "Facing Up to
Real Doctrinal Difference: How Some Thought-Motifs From Derrida Can Nourish
The Catholic-Buddhist Encounter Facing up to Real Doctrinal
Difference", Magliola proffers that certain Derridean “thought-structures”
can be adapted to address proselytization, misrepresentation, syncretism,
 etc. – issues that have blocked dialogue efforts in Thailand. In light of
this, the thesis explains how: (1) Magliola appropriates Derrida,
(2) Magliola uses his own brand of Deconstruction, known
as Differentialism, in Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and
(3) Differentialism can be appropriated in the Thai context, in particular,
dialogue of life, action, religious experience and doctrinal exchange.
This is in line with Pope Francis’ call for theological reflection to
follow “the movement of the logic of God” from the “peripheries to center
to peripheries”.*


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