Projects per year
Gavin D’Costa’s research interests include these fields: modern Roman Catholic theology, systematic theology, theology of religions, aspects of philosophical theology related to religious pluralism.
Room 1.3, 36 Tyndalls Park Road, Consultation Hours
(0117) 331 7010, Gavin.DCosta@bristol.ac.uk
Professor D'Costa is happy to supervise postgraduate work in all of his fields of research interest, as above: modern Roman Catholic theology, systematic theology, theology of religions, aspects of philosophical theology related to religious pluralism.
Gavin teaches units in modern theology, Catholic theology, theology of religions, interfaith dialogue, Christians and Muslims, and methods and approaches to religion. He is happy to supervise MA and UG dissertations in these areas.
Gavin D'Costa has taught at Bristol since 1991. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya and completed his education in England. He studied English and Theology (BA) at Birmingham University with John Hick as his dissertation tutor and then completed his doctoral work at Cambridge University. He taught in London until moving to Bristol and was also Joseph McCarthy Professor at the Gregorian University, Rome. He acts as an advisor to the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales and the Anglican Church on matters of interreligious dialogue and theology. He also advises the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican City.
Main Publications (in 4 sections; followed by secondary critical references)
Theology and Religious Pluralism. The Challenge of Other Religions, Basil Blackwell, Oxford/New York, 1986, 155 pp
John Hick's Theology of Religions. A Critical Evaluation, University Press of America, Lanham/New York/London, 1987, 239 pp
The Meeting of Religions and the Trinity, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, 2000; T & T Clark, Edinburgh, 2000, 187 pp
- a Trinidad y el diálogo interreligioso, Secretariado Trinitario, 2006 (Spanish trans.)
Sexing the Trinity. Gender, Culture and the Divine, SCM, London, 2000, 212 pp
Theology in the Public Square: Church, University, and Nation, Blackwell, Oxford, 2005, 264pp
Christianity and the World Religions. Disputed Questions in the Theology of Religions, Blackwell, Oxford, 2009, 233pp
Co-authored with Paul Knitter and Daniel Strange, Only One Way? Three Christian Responses on the Uniqueness of Christ in a Religiously Plural World, SCM, London, 2011, (pp. 3-46, 139-152, 185-98)
Making Nothing Happen. Five Poets Explore Faith and Spirituality, Ashgate, Farnham, 2014, 215pp (with Eleanor Nesbitt, Mark Pryce, Ruth Shelton and Nicola Slee)
Vatican II. Catholic Doctrines on Jews and Muslims, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2014, 252pp
B> EDITED BOOKS
Faith Meets Faith, editor and contributor, British & Foreign Schools Society, London, 1988, 97 pp; preface: pp i‑iii; essay: pp 8-22
Christian Uniqueness Reconsidered: The Myth of a Pluralistic Theology of Religions, editor and contributor, Orbis Books, New York, 1990, 218 pp; preface: pp vii‑xxii, essay: pp l6‑29
‑Translation: Italian, with introduction by Carlo Molari, Cittadella Editrice, Assisi, 1994
‑Translation: Japanese, Kyo Bun Kwan, Tokyo, 1997
- Translation: German, Verlag Otto Lembeck, Frankfurt am Main, 1998
- Translation: Spanish, Desclée De Brower, Bilbao, Spain, 2000
Religion in Europe: Contemporary Perspectives, co‑editor with Sean Gill & Ursula King, Kok Pharos, Netherlands, 1994, 213 pp
Resurrection Reconsidered, editor and contributor, Oneworld Books, Oxford, 1996, 227 pp, preface: pp 7‑12; essay: pp 150‑67
Catholic Engagement with World Religions, collaborator with co-editors, Karl Josef Becker, Ilaria Morali, Orbis Books, New York, 2010, 605 pp; essay: ‘Pluralist Arguments: Prominent Tendencies and Methods’, pp.329-344; co-authored essay with Becker: 580-84
The Catholic Church and the World Religions. A Theological and Phenomenological Account, T & T Clark, Continuum, New York/London, 2011 (essay: ‘Catholicism and the World Religions: A Theological and Phenomenological Account’, pp. 1-33)
Theology and Philosophy. Faith and Reason, co-edited with Oliver Crisp, Mervyn Davies & Peter Hampson, Continuum, New York/London, 2011, (introduction: ‘Theology in Search of a Handmaiden: Reason and Philosophy’, pp. 1-17 co-written with Davies)
Vatican II. Celebrating its Achievements and the Future, co-edited with Emma Harris, Bloomsbury, London, 2013, 192pp
C > CONTRIBUTIONS TO EDITED BOOKS
'Against Religious Pluralism' in ed. Andrew Walker, Different Gospels, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1988, pp 206‑24
Second edition, 1992, pp 139‑55
'Troeltsch and Barth ‑ Navigating the Straits', in ed. M Darrol Bryant, Pluralism. Tolerance and Dialogue: Six Studies, WaterlooUniversity Press, Waterloo, 1989, pp 136‑46
Response by Dr. M Darrol Bryant, pp 147‑50
'Theology of Religions', in ed. D. Ford, The Modern Theologians, Basil Blackwell, Oxford/ New York, 1989, pp 274‑90
Translation: Chinese, German, Swedish, Italian, French
Second revised edition, 1997, revised essay: pp 626‑44
Third revised edition, 2005, revised essay, pp. 626-44
'Theological Reflections after the Holocaust on Jesus as Christ', in Remembering the Future, Oxford International Conference: Pergamon Press, UK/US, 1989, pp 709‑19
'Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus ‑ Revisited', in ed. Ian Hamnett, Religious Pluralism and Unbelief, Routledge, London, 1990, pp 130‑47
'John Hick's Transcendental Agnosticism', in ed. Harold Hewitt, John Hick's Philosophy of Religion, Macmillan, London, 1991, pp 102‑16
‑ Response from John Hick, pp 117‑19
Essay translated into Japanese, in ed. H Mase & H Inagaki, Explorations in Religious Pluralism: Critical Studies of John Hick, Tokyo, Japan, 1995
'Some Reflections on the Essays', in eds. Roger Hooker & John Sargant, Christians and One Nation, British Council of Churches, London, 1991, pp l51‑69
'A Response to Cardinal Tomko: The Kingdom and a Trinitarian Ecclesiology. An Analysis of Soteriocentricism', in eds. Paul Mojzes & Leonard Swidler, Christian Mission and Inter‑Religious Dialogue, Edwin Mellen Press, New York, 1991, pp 51‑61
'Towards a Trinitarian Theology of Religions' in eds. Catherine Cornille & Valeer Neckebrouck, A Universal Faith? Peoples, Cultures, Religions, and the Christ, Peeters Press, Louvain; W.B. Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1991, pp 139‑54
'Christianity and Other Religions', in ed. Dan Cohn‑Sherbok, Many Mansions: Interfaith and Religious Intolerance, Bellew Publishing, London, 1992, pp 31‑43
'Inter‑faith Dialogue', in eds. Clive Erricker et al, SHAP Working Party Handbook: Teaching World Religion, Heinemann, London, 1993, pp 117‑21
'Christianity and Other Faiths', in ed. A. McGrath, The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Modern Christian Thought, Basil Blackwell, Oxford/New York, 1994, pp 48-60
- translated into Finnish
'Christian Theology and Other Faiths', in eds. Peter Byrne & Leslie Houlden, Companion Encyclopedia of Theology, Routledge, London & New York, 1995, pp 291‑313
'One Covenant or Many Covenants', in ed. Robin Gill, Readings in Modern Theology, SPCK, London, 1995, pp 173‑185
‑ Reprint of article in Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 27, 3, 1990, pp 441‑52
'Theology of Religions', in ed. David Ford, The Modern Theologians, Blackwell, Oxford, 1996, 2nd. rev. ed., pp 626‑44 (already cited above with first edition)
'Religious Studies and the Religious Imagination' in ed. John C Hawley, Through a Glass Darkly: Essays in the Religious Imagination, Fordham University Press, New York, 1996, pp 193-209
'Whose Objectivity? Which Neutrality? The Doomed Quest for a Neutral Vantage Point from Which to Judge Religions' in ed. G Kessler, Philosophy of Religions in A Global Perspective, Wadsworth, California, 1997, pp 86‑102
‑ Reprint of article in Religious Studies, 29, 1993, pp 75‑95
'Revelation and World Religions' in ed. Paul Avis, Divine Revelation, Darton, Longman & Todd, London, 1997, pp 112‑139
'Viele Welten ‑ viele Religionen. Warum eine pluralistiche Theologie der Religionen in der gegenwärtigen Krise nicht hilfreich ist', in ed. Hans‑Gerd Schwandt, Pluralistische Theologie der Religionen. Eine kritische Sichtung, Verlag Otto Lembeck, Frankfurt am Main, 1998, pp 135‑152
'The Christian trinity: paradigm for pluralism?', in ed. John D'Arcy May, Pluralism and the Religions. The Theological and Political Dimensions, Cassell, London, 1998, pp 22‑39
'Trinitarian différance and world religions: Postmodernity and the "Other"', in ed. Ursula King, Faith and Praxis in a Postmodern Age, Cassell, London, 1998, pp 28-46
'His Word or Our Words? Postmodernity's Angelic Predicament in The Satanic Verses'. in ed. Liam Gearon, English Literature, Theology and the Curriculum, Cassell, London, 1999,
'Discerning Christ in World Religions', in eds. Geoffrey Turner & John Sullivan, Explorations in Catholic Theology, Lindisfarne Books, Dublin, 1999, pp. 119-130
'Theology of Religions & Dogmatics', in fourth revised edition of Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, J. C. Mohr, Tübingen, 2000, pp 74-76
'Nostra Aetate ‑ Telling God's Story in Asia: Problems and Pitfalls', in ed. Leo Kennis & Malcolm Lambergits, Vatican II and its Heritage, Peeters Press, Leuven, 2000, pp 82-98
‘Other Faiths and Christian Ethics’ in ed. Robin Gill, The Cambridge Companion to Christian Ethics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001, pp 154-67
'The Holy Spirit and the World Religions: A Blessing for the Church?' in Finding the Pulse of the Spirit Today, presented by Center for Faith and Culture, The University of St. Thomas, Huston, Texas, 2001, pp.32-47
'Foreword' to Christopher Sinkinson, The Universe of Faiths. A Critical Study of John Hikc's Religious Pluralism, Paternoster, Carlisle, 2001, pp.v-vii
'Foreword' to Tim S. Perry, Radical Difference. A Defence of Hendrik Kraemer's Theology of Religions, Wilfred Laurier University Press, Canada, 2001, p.vii
'Postmodernity and religious pluralism: Is a Common Global Ethic Possible or Desirable?' in ed. Graham Ward, The Blackwell Companion to Postmodern Theology, Blackwell, Oxford, 2001, pp.131-43
Reprint of part of my essay ‘The Impossibility of a Pluralist View of Religions’, in eds. Colin E Gunton, Stephen R Holmes, Murray A Rae, The Practice of Theology. A Reader, SCM, London, 2001, pp,437-40
‘Christ, Revelation and the World Religions: A Critical Appreciation of Keith Ward’s Comparative Global Theology’ in ed. T. W. Bartel, Comparative Theology. Essays for Keith Ward, SPCK, London, 2003, pp.33-43
‘The Communion of Saints and Other Religions: On Saintly Wives in Hinduism and Catholicism’, in ed. Stephen C. Barton, Holiness Past and Present, T & T Clark, London/New York, 2003, pp.421-40
'Church and Sacraments', in ed. Gareth Jones, The Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology, Blackwell, Oxford, 2004, pp. 258-75
‘Vatican II and the Status of Other Religions as Salvific Structures’, in ed. Liam Bergen, Faith, Word & Culture, Columba Press, Dublin, 2004, pp. 9-24
‘On Theology’s Babylonian Captivity within the SecularUniversity’, in eds. Jeff Astley et al, The Idea of a Christian University. Essays on Theology and Higher Education, Paternoster, Bucks, 2004, pp. 183-199
‘Theology of Religions’, in ed. David Ford with Rachael Muers, The Modern Theologians, 3rd edition, Blackwell, Oxford, 2005, pp. 626-44 (revised essay from 1st and 2nd editions, already cited above with first edition)
‘De prins en de olifant, or waarom het pluralism geen oplossing biedt', in ed. L. Verboven, Pelgrims onderweg. Spirituele ervaringen en gespreekken, Uitgeverij, 2006, pp. 177-191
‘Queer Trinity’, in ed. Gerard Loughlin, Queer Theology: Rethinking the Western Body, Blackwell, Oxford, 2007, pp. 269-81
‘Interreligious dialogue: Catholic theory and practice’ , in eds. Frederick C. Bauerschmidt, James J. Buckley, R. Trent Pomplun, The Blackwell Companion to Catholicism, Blackwell, Oxford, 2007, pp. 449-62
'Theology and Religious Studies OR Theology versus Religious Studies', in eds. Darlene L. Bird & Simon G. Smith, Theology and Religious Studies in Higher Education. Global Perspectives, Continuum, London/New York, 2009, pp. 44-54
‘The Crucifixion’ (English and Italian commentary), in official catalogue for the Milan Exhibition of Bas Meerman, Bas Meerman, Studio D’Arte Canaviello, Milano, 2009, 4 pp after the painting: ‘The Crucifixion’
‘Roman Catholic Reflections on Discerning God in Interreligious Dialogue: Challenges and Promising Avenues', in ed. Catherine Cornille, Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue, Wipf & Stock/ Cascade, Eugene, Oregon, 2009, pp. 69-86
‘A Catholic Theology of Religions’, in ed. Hugh Boulter, Pursuing the Friendship of Strangers. Interfaith dialogue about Interfaith encounter, JEF Consultancy, Berks, 2009, pp. 17-21
‘Preface’, in eds. Jo Carruthers & Andrew Tate, Spiritual Identities. Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination, Peter Lang, Berlin, 2010, pp.ix-xi
'Windows in Faith: Theology and Religious Studies at the University', in ed. John Sullivan Communicating Faith, Catholic University of America Press, Washington, D.C, 2011, pp. 214-228
‘Theology amid Religious Diversity’, in ed. Meister Chad, Oxford Handbook on Religious Pluralism, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011,142-153
‘On Theology, the Humanities, and the University’, in eds. Christopher Craig Brittain & Francesca Aran Murphy, Theology, University, Humanities. Initium Sapientiae Timor Domini, Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon, 2011, 194-212
‘The Trinity in Interreligious Dialogues’, in eds. Gilles Emery & Matthew Levering, Handbook on the Trinity, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011, pp.573-86
4 dictionary entries on: ‘Theology of Religions’ (2000 words), ‘Inculturation’ (1250 words), ‘Karl Rahner’ (1000 words), ‘Anonymous Christians’ (250 words) in eds. Ian MacFarland et al, Oxford Dictionary of Theology, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011
'Interreligious Prayer between Christians and Muslims', in Sharada Sugitharajah (Ed.), Religious Pluralism and the Modern World, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2012. pp. 95-106
‘Catholics reading the Scripture of other Religions: some reflections’, in eds. Catarina Belo & Jean-Jacques Pérennès, Mission in Dialogue. Essays in Honour of Michael L. Fitzgerald, Louvain: Peeters, 2012, pp. 33-43
‘The Bible in a World of Religious Pluralism: Reading the Bible with and for the Jewish People?’, in eds. Angus Paddison & Neil Messer, The Bible. Culture, Community, Society, T & T Clark, London, 2013, 139-56 (9780567049445)
‘Catholicism, Religious Pluralism and Education for the Common Good’, eds. Gareth Byrne & Patricia Kiernan, Towards Mutual Ground. Pluralism, Religious Education and Diversity in Irish Schools, Dublin: Columba Press, 2013, 111-22
‘Interfaith Prayer’ in eds. Interpreting the Spirit of Assisi, Challenges to Interfaith Dialogue in a Pluralistic World,
‘Response to Asma Afsaruddin’, in eds. Death, Resurrection and Human Destiny, eds. David Marshall & Lucinda Mosher, Georgetown University, Washington DC, 2014, 57-61
‘The Trinity and the World Religions’, in eds. Christophe Chalamet & Marc Vial, Recent Developments in Trinitarian Theology. An International Symposium, Fortress Press: Minneapolis, 2014, 107-26
C > JOURNAL PAPERS
New Blackfriars, 65, 769/770, 1984, pp 323‑31: 'John Hick's Copernican Revolution ‑ Ten Years After'
Modern Theology, 1, 2, 1985, pp 131‑48: 'Karl Rahner's Anonymous Christian: A Reappraisal'
Modern Churchman, 27, 2, 1985, pp 37‑45: 'A Bibliography: Christian Attitudes Towards Other Religions'
New Blackfriars, 66, 777, 1985, pp 135‑37: 'An Answer to Mr. Loughlin' (A reply to a criticism of first journal entry above)
Theology, 88, 724, 1985, pp 259‑69: 'Elephants, Ropes and a Christian Theology of Religions'
Scottish Journal of Theology, 39, 21, 1986, pp 211‑24: 'The Pluralist Paradigm in a Christian Theology of Religions'
‑ Translated into German in Theologie der Gegenwart, 4, 30, 1987, pp 221‑51
Theology, 89, 731, 1986, pp 385‑6: 'Is Pluralism too Much? A Reply to Alan Race' (A reply to a criticism of fifth journal entry above)
Anvil, 4, 2, 1987, pp 175‑85: 'An Introduction to the Literature: Christianity and Other Religions'
Dialogue and Alliance, 2, 2, 1988, pp 41‑52: 'Christian Approaches to Other Religions'
Perkins Journal of Theology, October, 1988, pp 21‑5: 'An assessment of the state of the debate: The Myth of Christian Uniqueness'
The Thomist, July, 1990, pp 519‑29: 'Taking Other Religions Seriously: Some Ironies in the Current Debate on a Christian Theology of Religions'
Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 27, 3, 1990, pp 441-52 : 'One Covenant or Many Covenant: Towards a Jewish‑Christian Theology' ‑ See essays in edited books above: ed. Robin Gill, 1995
International Bulletin of Missionary Research, 15, 2, 1991, pp 60‑70: 'Religious Pluralism and Mission'
New Blackfriars, October, 1991, pp 418‑32: 'The Satanic Verses in British Society: Secular Discourse and the Clash of Faiths'
Dialogue and Alliance, July, 1991, pp 4‑17: 'Some Problems with Discerning God inthe World'
Theology, 95, 767, 1992, pp. 324‑34: 'The End of Systematic Theology'
New Blackfriars, 74, 867, 1993, pp 41‑7: 'Creating Confusion: A Response to lan Markham'
Religious Studies, 29, 1993, pp 79‑85: 'Whose Objectivity? Which Neutrality? The Doomed Quest for a Neutral Vantage Point from Which to Judge Religions'
‑ Reprinted in ed. G Kessler, Philosophy of Religions in a Global Perspective, Wadsworth,
California, 1997, pp 86‑102
The Thomist, 57, 3, 1993, pp 524‑28: 'A Discussion of J A DiNoia, The Diversity of Religions: A Christian Perspective'
Studia Missionalia, 42, 1993, pp 161‑78: 'An Examination of John Hick and Paul Knitter's Theology of Religions'
Modern Theology, 10, 2, 1994, pp 165‑84: 'Revelation and revelations: Beyond a Static Valuation of Other Religions'
Bulletin, 85/86, 1, 1994, pp 145‑64: 'The Role and Value of Different Religious Traditions'
The Month, 27, 12, 1994, pp 486‑91: 'Discerning Christ in the World Religions'
Reprinted in eds. Geoffrey Turner & John Sullivan, Explorations in Catholic Theology, Lindisfarne Books, Dublin, 1999, pp. 119-130
Discovery, 5, 1994, pp 25‑32: 'Response to Father Haight's essay'
Studia Missionalia, 44, 1995, pp 121‑48: 'Inculturation: India and Other Religions'
Theology, 791, 1996, pp 338‑51: 'The End of “Theology” and “Religious Studies”'
reproduced in eds. C Gunton, M Rae, S Holmes, The Practice of Theology. A Reader, SCM, London, 2001
Religious Studies, 32, 1996, pp 232-32 : 'The Impossibility of a Pluralist View of Religions'
Reprint of part in eds. Colin E Gunton, Stephen R Holmes, Murray A Rae, The Practice of Theology. A Reader, SCM, London, 2001, pp,437-40
Response from John Hick, 'The Possibility of Religious Pluralism: A Reply to Gavin D'Costa' Religious Studies, 33, 1997, pp 161-6
Norsk Teolocisk Tidsskrift, 99, 1, 1998, pp 19‑29: 'Theology and Religious Studies in a Pluralist Society: Towards a New Interdisciplinary Identity?'
Bulletin, 98, 1998, pp 254‑57: 'Theological Evaluation of Interreligious Prayer: The Catholic Tradition'
Journal of Theological Studies , 49:2 (1998) 910-914:"Extended review of Jacques Dupuis, Toward a Christian Theology of Religious Pluralism"
Reviews in Religion and Theology, 3, 1998, pp 7‑13: 'On trinitarian ecclesiologies'
Reviews in Religion and Theology, 6, 4, 1999, pp 356-60: ‘On Seeking Vision’
Gregorianum, 80, 1, 1999, pp. 5-31: ‘The Trinity and Other Religions: Genesis 18, Judaism
62and Hinduism in Two Works of Art’
International Journal of Systematic Theology, 6, 4, 2004, pp. 337-50: ‘Revelation, Scripture and Tradition: Some Comments on John Webster’s Conception of “Holy Scripture”’
Ars Disputandi, ‘Response to Moore’, http://www.arsdisputandi.org/cgi-bin/prev.cgi/articles/000205/index.html, 2005
Missioneoggi, ‘Tutti lo adoreanno’, http://www.saveriani.bs.it/Missioneoggi/arretrati/2005_11/spirito.htm, 2005.
Transformation. An International Dialogue on Mission and Ethics, 22, 3, 2005, pp. 148-57: ‘On Theologizing Theology within the SecularUniversity’
Reviews of Religion and Theology: ‘The New Wave Feminists: Catholic Orthodoxy Strikes Back’, 1, 2005, pp. 3-10
Studies in Interreligious Dialogue: 17, 1, 2007, pp. 31-45, ‘Engaging with a “Clash of Civilisations”. Liberal views of Religion in the Public Domain and Catholic Approaches’ – and a response by Norbert Hintersteiner, ‘Engaging Religious Plurality: Secular Awareness and Traditonary Procedure. A Response to Gavin D’Costa’, pp. 46-60
Modern Theology, ‘”Christian Orthodoxy And Religious Pluralism": A Response to Terrence W. Tilley', 23, 3, 2007, pp. 435-446
Modern Theology, ‘”Christian Orthodoxy And Religious Pluralism": A Further Rejoinder To Terrence W. Tilley', 23, 3, 2007, pp. 455-462
Modern Theology, ‘Concluding our Quaestio Disputata on Theologies of Religious Diversity’ with Terrence Tilley, 23, 3, 2007, pp. 463-468
Modern Theology, ‘Orthodoxy and Religious Pluralism: A Response to Perry Schmidty-Lecukel, 24, 2, 2008, 285–289
Literature and Theology, ‘Atonement and the Crime of Seeing: Patrick White's, Riders in the Chariot ‘, 22, 2, 2008, 162-179
International Journal of Systematic Theology, ‘The descent into hell as a solution for the problem of the fate of unevangelised non-Christians: Balthasar’s hell, the limbo of the fathers, and purgatory’, 11, 2, 2009, pp.146-71
Modern Theology, ‘The Catholic Church and the Jewish People: Recent Reflections from Rome’, 25, 2, 2009, pp. 348-352
Islam and Christian Muslim Relations, ‘Hermeneutics and Second Vatican Council's Teachings: establishing Roman Catholic theological grounds for religious freedoms in relation to Islam. Continuity or discontinuity in the Catholic tradition?’ 20, 3, 2009, pp. 277-90, ISN: 0959-6410
Revista Espanola de Teologia, 'Catholic Engagement with Other Religions: Dogmatics in interaction with culture - understanding, interpretation and judgement', LXIX, 2009, pp. 33-62, ISN:0210-7112
Louvain Studies, ‘The Holy Spirit and the World Religions’, 34, 2009, pp. 279-311
New Blackfriars, ‘Traditions and reception: interpreting Vatican II's 'Declaration on the Church's Relation to Non-Christian Religions', 92, 2011, 484-503
Theology, 'On Being a Catholic Theologian', 115, 2012, pp. 3-13
Theological Studies, ‘What does the Catholic Church Teach about Mission to the Jewish People?’, 73, 3, 2012, 590-613; [plus responses: Edward Kessler, ‘A Jewish Response to Gavin D’Costa’, 614-28; John T Pawlikowski, ‘A Catholic Response to Gavin D’Costa’, 629-40]
Islam and Christian Muslim Relations, ‘Interreligious prayer between Christians and Muslims’,
DOI:10.1080/09596410.2013.731728 (20012), 1-14
New Blackfriars, ‘Continuity and Reform in Vatican II’s Teaching on Islam’, 94, 1050, 2013, 208-23
Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, ‘Do Christians and Muslims Believe in the Same God? Reflection on Miroslav Volf’s Allah: A Christian Response’, 151-160
New Blackfriars, ‘Giuseppe Verdi and the Atoning Cost of Forgiveness’, 94, 2013, 603-618 (co-author Sara Pecknold)
D> FOREWARD TO BOOKS
Daniel Stange (published PhD thesis, 2007: Paternoster Press: The Possibility of Salvation Among the Unevanglised: An Analysis of Inclusivism in Recent Evangelical Theology)
Adam Sparks (published PhD thesis, 2010: Pickwick Publications, Eugene, OR: One of a Kind. The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions)
eds. Jo Carruthers & Andrew Tate, Spiritual Identities. Literature and the Post-Secular Imagination, Peter Lang, Oxford, 2010
Santosh Sebastian Cheruvally, Jesus Christ. Question and Context of Abhishikrananda (Henri Le Saux OSB), ISPCK, Delhi, 2011
Secondary critical materials (excluding book reviews and minor references)
1997 Karl Rahner and his influence on Catholic Theology of Religions (London, King's College: Samuel Rayan SJ)
1997 An anthropological approach to theology : a study of John Hick's theology of religious pluralism, towards ethical criteria for a global theology of religions (Bristol: Heather Meacock - published by University Press of America)
1997 Theologie im Angesicht der Religionen. Gavin D'Costa Kritik an der pluralistischen Religionstheologie John Hicks, (München: André Gerth – published by Ferdinand Schöningh)
1998 The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ in the Theocentric Model of the Christian Theology of Religions: An Elaboration and Evaluation of the Position of John Hick (Rome: Gregory Carruthers – published by University Press of America)
1988 'Christology, Liberation and Religious Pluralism. A Critical Study of M. M. Thomas, P. F. Knitter and G. G. D'Costa', (Gregorian University, Rome: John Thoppil)
1999 A Critical Reappraisal of Hendrik Kraemer and his Contribution to Theology of Religions (Durham: Ian Perry - published by Wilfred Laurier Press)
1999 Contemporary Catholic Theology of Religions and the problem of Christology: A study of Paul Knitter, Gavin D'Costa and Jacques Dupuis (Gregorianum, Rome: John Bong SJ)
1999 På väg mot en kristen religionsteologi: En undersökning av det kristna penbarelseanspråket i förhållande till andra religioners uppenbarelseanspråk (PhD, Uppsala University, Theology Faculty, Dag Bjärnhall: English abstract – http://publications.uu.se/theses/abstract.xsql?isbn=91-628-3666-8
2000 Dialogue and Proclamation: Catholic Theologies of Religion (Birmingham University: Mgr. Tom Farrow)
2002 The Theology of John Hick: Its Soteriological and Missiological implications for a Pluralistic age (MTh, University of Melbourne, Rev. Satish Manmothe)
2007 Trinidad Y Pluralismo Religioso en Gavin D’Costa. Lineas fundamentals de su propuesta telogica (MTh, Pontifical University of Salamanca, Luis Santamaria del Rio)
2007 The Trinitarian Theology of Jacques Dupuis, S. Mark Heim and Gavin D’Costa in Contemporary Interreligious Dialogue (PhD, Faculty of Theology, Leuven, Przemyslaw Plata)
2007 A “Trinitarian’ Theology of Religions? An Augustinian Assessment of Several Recent Proposals’, (Duke Divinity School, Duke University, by Keith Edward Johnson)
2009 The Apologetic Rationality of Gavin D’Costa’s Theology of Religions (Catholic University of Leuven, MA specialized study, Wouter Biesbrouck)
2010 The question of the salvation of non-Christians, doctoral thesis by Rev. Marek Říčan, M.Div., Th.D. (Protestant Theological Fakulty, Charles University, Pratur, Czech Republic) – being published as a monograph in Czech (2012)
2012 Loe-Joo Tan (Singapore), 'An Assessment of Gavin D'Costa's Trinitarian Theology of Religions with reference to the Trinitarian Theology of Basil of Caesarea' (PhD, University of St. Andrews, Scotland)
2012 A Trinitarian model in meeting the challenges of Religious Pluralism concerning the uniqueness of Jesus Christ: A study based on the writings of Gavin D'Costa, (Santhanam Jegan, Institut Catholique de Paris, Paris)
2012 Joas Adiprasetya, ‘The Trinity and Multiple Religious Participations. An Imaginative Glimpse’, Boston Univesity, School of Theology, Boston, PhD)
2013 Wouter Biesbrouck, ‘Wrestling with Angels: Catholic & Evangelical Tradition-Specific Approaches to Theology of Religions’ (Louven KC, PhD – on Yong, D’Costa and McDermott)
Gerard Loughlin, 'Paradox and Paradigms: Defending the Case for a Revolution in Theology of Religions', New Blackfriars, 66, 777, 1985, pp 127-35
Alan Race, 'Christianity and Other Religions: Is Inclusivism Enough?', Theology, 89, 1986, pp 178-86
Schubert Ogden, 'Problems in the Case for a Pluralistic Theology of Religions', The Journal of Religion, 68, 1988, pp 493-507
H Döring and P Schmidt-Leukel, 'Interreligiöser Dialog als ökumenisches Problem, in: Catholica', Vierteljahresschrift für ökumenische Theologie, 44, 1990, 221-41
L. Philip Barnes, ‘Continuity and development in John Hick's theology’, Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 1992, 21, 4, 395-402.
John V. Apczynski, ‘John Hick’s Theocentricism: Revolutionary or Implicitly Exclusivist?’, Modern Theology, 8, 1, 1992, 39–52
Ian Markham, 'Creating Options: Shattering the ‘Exclusivist, Inclusivist, and Pluralist’ Paradigms’, New Blackfriars, 74, 867, 1993, pp 33-41
John Hick, ‘Straightening the Record: Some Responses to Critics', Modern Theology, 6, 1990, 187-95
Peter O’Donovan, ‘The Intolerance of Religious Pluralism’, Religious Studies, 1993, 29: 217-229
John Hick, ‘The Possibility of Religious Pluralism: A Reply to Gavin D’Costa’, Religious Studies, 33, 1997, pp 161-66
Judson Trapnell, 'Indian Sources on the Possibility of a Pluralist View of Religions', Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 35, 2, 1998, pp.210-34 (in response to the 'Impossibility of a Pluralist view of religions' in Religious Studies - above)
Paul Knitter, 'Catholics and Other Religions: Bridging the Gap between Dialogue and Theology', Louvain Studies, 24, 1999, pp. 319-54
Tim Winter, 'The Last Trump Card', Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, 9, 2, 1999, pp.133-55
Terrence Merrigan, 'For Us and for Our Salvation': The Notion of Salvation History in the Contemporary Theology of Religions’, Irish Theological Quarterly, 1999, 64, 4, 339-348
Extended multi-review of my book The Meeting of Religions and the Trinity, (three reviewers: John Hick, Dan Cohn-Sherbok, John Peacock), with a response from me, Reviews of Religion and Theology, 8, 3, 2001, pp.232-50 (editor Isabel Wollaston)
Rose Drew, ‘Reconsidering the Possibility of Pluralism’ Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 40, 3, 2003, pp. 245-66 (in response to the 'Impossibility of a Pluralist view of religions' in Religious Studies – above
A James Reimer, ‘Public Orthodoxy and Civil Forbearance. The Challenge of Modern Law for Religious Minority Groups’, The Conrad Grebel Review, 21, 3, 2003, pp.96-111
Przemyslaw Plata, ‘Gavin D’Costa’s Trinitarian Theology of Religions’, Louvain Studies, 30, 2005, pp. 299-324
Julie Clague, ‘The Christa: Symbolizing My Humanity and My Pain’, Feminist Theology, 2005, 14, 1, 83-108.
Pamela Chrabieh and Jean-François Roussel, ‘Théologies pragmatiques et dialogue interreligieux : une pratique et une discipline de la parole plurielle’ , Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 2005, 34, 3-4, 375-390.
Miroslav Volf, ‘Johannine Dualism and Contemporary Pluralism’, Modern Theology, 21, 2, 2005, 189–217
Norbert Hintersteiner, ‘Engaging Religious Plurality: Secular Awareness and Traditonary Procedure. A Response to Gavin D’Costa’, Studies in Interreligious Dialogue: 17, 1, 2007, pp. 46-60
Terrence Tilley, ‘Christian Orthodoxy and Religious Pluralism: A Rejoinder to Gavin D’Costa’, Modern Theology, 23, 3, 2007, pp. 447-454
Terrence Tilley & Gavin D’Costa, ‘Concluding our Quaestio Disputata on Theologies of Religious Diversity’, Modern Theology, 23, 3, 2007, pp. 463-468
John Sullivan, ‘Catholic Higher Education: A Review Article’, Heythrop Journal, 49, 5, 2008, pp. 860-867
John G. Flett, ‘In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit: A Critical Reflection on Trinitarian Theology of Religion of S. Mark Heim and Gavin D’Costa’, International Journal of Systematic Theology, 10, 1, 2008, 73-90
Julia Baudzej, ‘Re-telling the Story of Jesus: The Concept of Embodiment and Recent Feminist Reflections on the Maleness of Christ’, Feminist Theology, September 2008, 17, 1, 72-91.
David H. Kelsey, ‘Theology in the University: Once more, with feeling’, Modern Theology, Volume 25, Issue 2, 2009, 315-27 Paul A. McDonald Jnr., ‘Studying Christian Theology in the Secular University’, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2010, 1-34
Rik Van Nieuwenhove, ‘Catholic Theology in the Thirteenth Century and the Origins of Secularism’, Irish Theological Quarterly, 2010, 75, 4, 339-354
Edward T. Oakes, ‘Descensus and Development: A Response to Recent Rejoinders’, International Journal of Systematic Theology, 13, 1, 2011, 3-24
Marianne Moyaert, ‘Soteriological Openness to Hermenetuical Openness’, Modern Theology 28:1 January 2012, 25-52
Mara Brecht, ‘What’s the Use of Exclusivism’, Theological Studies, 73, 2012, 33-54
Wouter Biesbrouck, ‘The Use of (Post-) Conciliar Texts in Gavin D’Costa’s Theology of Religions,’ Gregorianum (2013)
Wouter Biesbrouck, ‘Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus, Sed Extra Mundum Nulla Damnatio: Reappropriating Christ's Descent Into Hell For Theology of Religions.’ Louvain Studies (2013)
Gregory Carruthers, The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ in the Theocentric Model of the Christian Theology of Religions: An Elaboration and Evaluation of the Position of John Hick, Lanham, UPA, 1990
ed. Harold Hewitt, John Hick's Philosophy of Religion, Macmillan, London, 1991 Responses to me from John Hick, pp 117-19; Jim Kellenberger, pp 120-24
Alan Race, Christians and religious pluralism: patterns in the Christian theology of Religions, SCM, London, 1993, second edition
John Hick, The Rainbow of Faiths, London, SCM, 1995
Perry Schmidt-Leukel, 'Die religionstheologischen Grundmodelle: Exklusivismus, Inklusivismus, Pluralismus', in ed. A Peter, Christlicher Glaube in multireligiöser Gesellschaft, Erfahrungen, theologische Reflexionen, missionarische Perspektiven, Immensee, (Special edition: Neue Zeitschrift für Missionwissenschaft,) 44, 1996, pp.227-48
André Gerth, Theologie im Angesicht der Religionen. Gavin D'Costa Kritik an der pluralistischen Religionstheologie John Hicks, Ferdinand Schöningh, Paderborn, München, 1997 (series: Beiträge zur Ökumenischen Theologie, Band 27)
Jacques Dupuis, Towards A Christian Theology of Religions, Orbis, Mary Knoll, New York, 1999
Joe DiNoia, Towards a Roman Catholic Theology of Religions, Catholic University of Washington DC, Washington, 1992
Heather Meacock, An Anthropological Approach to Theology, University Press of America, Lanham/Oxford, 2000
John D’Arcy May, ‘Catholic Fundamentalism? Some Implications of Dominus Iesus for Dialogue and Peacemaking’, in ed. Michael J. Rainer, “Dominus Iesus”: Antoessige Warheit oder anstoessige Kirche?, LIT-Verlag, Munster-Hamburg-London, 2001, pp. 21-34
Alan Race, Interfaith Encounter, SCM, London, 2001
Chris Sinkinson, The Universe of Faiths. A Critical Study of John Hick’s Religious Pluralism, Paternoster Press, Cumbria, 2001
Tim S. Perry, Radical Difference. A Defence of Hendrik Kraemer's Theology of Religions, Wilfred Laurier University Press, Canada, 2001
John Hick, Dialogues in the Philosophy of Religion, Palgrave, New York/London, 2001
Paul F. Knitter, Introducing Theologies of Religions, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, New York, 2002
Amos Young, Beyond the Impasse. Towards a Pneumatological Theology of Religions, Paternoster Press, Baker Academics, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2003
Paul Rhodes Eddy, John Hick's Pluralist Philosophy of World Religions, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2002
Terrence Merrigan, ‘Jacques Dupuis and the Redefinition of Inclusivism’, in eds Daniel Kendall & Gerald O’Collins, In Many and Diverse Ways. In Honour of Jacques Dupuis, Orbis Books, New York, 2003, pp. 60-71
Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Trinity and Religious Pluralism: The Doctrine of Trinity in the Christian Theology of Religions, Ashgate, Aldershot, 2004, pp. 67-81
Daniel A. Madigan, ‘Response to Gavin D’Costa’, in in ed. Liam Bergen, Faith, Word & Culture, Columba Press, Dublin, 2004, pp. 25-31
Perry Schmidt-Leukel, ‘Exclusivism, Inclusivism, Pluralism. The Tripolar Typology – Clarified and Reaffirmed’, in ed. Paul F. Knitter, The Myth of Religious Superiority. A Multifaith Exploration, Orbis Books, New York, 2005, 13-27
Terrence W. Tilley et al, Religious Diversity and the American Experience. A Theological Approach, Continuum, New York, 2007, pp. 80-93, 141-3, 177-80
Paul Hedges, ‘Particularities: Tradition-Specific Post-modern Perspectives’, in eds. Alan Race & Paul Hedges, Christian Approaches to Other Faiths, SCM, London, 2008, pp. 112-35
Scott Steinkerchner OP, Beyond Agreement. Interreligious Dialogue amid Persistent Differences, Rowman & Littlefield, 2011, pp. 85-92, 98, 160-63
Brian W. Hughes, Saving Wisdom. Theology in the Christian University, Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2011, pp. 307-313 J. Abraham Vélez de Cea, The Buddha and Religious Diversity, Routledge, London, 2013, pp. 42-64.
Stephen Bullivant, The Salvation of Atheists and Catholic Dogmatic Theology, Oxford Theological Monographs, Oxford, 2012, 115-180
Joas Adiprasetya, The Trinity and Multiple Religious Participations. An Imaginative Glimpse, Eugene, OR, Wipf and Stock, 2013, 12-104 (study of D’Costa, Panikkar and Heim)
Kenneth Rose, Pluralism: The Future of Religion, (London:Bloomsbury, 2013), 45-64 (criticism of my critique of pluralism)
Research Output per year
Research output: Book/Report › Authored book
Research output: Non-textual form › Composition
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article (Academic Journal)
D'Costa, Gavin G (Recipient), Jun 2018
Prize: Prizes, Medals, Awards and Grants
Activities per year
Gavin G D'Costa (Participant)
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Gavin G D'Costa (Participant)
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Catholic University Chaplains, Keynote Speaker at their yearly conference. Talk on Catholic Intellectual Vision
Gavin G D'Costa (Participant)
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Invited talk
An Examination and Application of Rule Theory for Addressing the Theological Question Regarding the Fate of the Unevangelized: A Reformation ProposalAuthor: Faircloth, K., 23 Jan 2019
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Supervisor: D'Costa, G. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis › Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)