Institut für Christkatholische Theologie


Prof. Dr. Dr. Douglas Pratt

Adjunct research Professor und Professor an der Universität Waikato

Institut für Christkatholische Theologie

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Universität Bern
Institut für Christkatholische Theologie
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Professor Pratt studied philosophy and theology in New Zealand and gained his PhD in Divinity from the University of St Andrews, Scotland (1984) and a Doctor of Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity, Australia (2009).

Professor Pratt is an Anglican priest and Canon Theologian emeritus in New Zealand and is also licensed to the Archdeacon of Switzerland within the Church of England Diocese of Europe.

He is a member of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission in New Zealand, and a member of the Plenary Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches.

Professor Pratt has held Visiting and Honorary positions at the Universities of Heidelberg, Oxford and Birmingham (UK). He has twice been awarded a DAAD scholarship and has been a Fulbright scholar at Georgetown University, Washington DC. In spring 2011 he was Visiting Professor, and since autumn 2011 he is Adjunct Professor at the Dept. for Old Catholic Theology at the University of Bern. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University, Australia, and an Associate of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. Professor Pratt is also the New Zealand Associate to the Australian-based UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations – Asia Pacific. He has served as President of both the New Zealand and the Australian Associations for the Study of Religion.

  • General: Phenomenology of religion, Christian thought and history, Islam and Christian-Muslim relations, interreligious dialogue, religious pluralism, fundamentalism and extremism.
  • Als Adjunct Professor: Theologie und Interreligiöse Studien: The purpose of being an Adjunct Professor (Assoziierter Forscher) at the University of Bern is to support, promote, and contribute to the international and research profile of the relevant Department and Faculty. At present this is focussed on publication work arising out of a series of conferences organised by the Dept. for Old Catholic Theology. The first publication, in a new series in oecumenical and interreligious studies to be published as special issues of the Internationale Kirchliche Zeitschrift (IKZ), is in preparation.
  • Swiss Shock: Minaret Rejection, European Values, and the Challenge of Tolerant neutrality, in: Politics, Religion & Ideology Vol. 14/2 (July 2013): 193-207.
  • The Persistence and Problem of Religion: Modernity, Continuity and Diversity, in: Australian Religion Studies Review, Vol. 25.3 (2012), pp. 273-292.
  • World Council of Churches, in: Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Globalization, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. (First published online 29 February 2012; DOI: 10.10002/9780470670590.wbeog821)
  • Religious Identity and the Denial of Alterity: Plurality and the Problem of Exclusivism, in: Paolo Diego Bubbio and Philip Andrew Quadrio (eds.), The Relation of Philosophy to Religion Today (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2011), 201-215.
  • Islamophobia: Ignorance, Imagination, Identity and Interaction, in: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 22, No. 4 (October 2011): 379-389
  • The Church and other Faiths: The World Council of Churches, the Vatican, and Interreligious Dialogue (Bern: Peter Lang, 2010).
  • Interreligious Dialogue: Ecumenical Engagement in Interfaith Action, in: Kath Engebretson, Marian de Souza, Gloria Durka and Liam Gearon (eds.), International Handbook of Inter-religious Education, Vol. 1. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2010), pp. 103-122.
  • Islamic Prospects for Interreligious Dialogue: The Voice of Fethullah Gülen, in: John L. Esposito and Ihsan Yilmaz (eds.), Islam and Peacebuilding: Gülen Movement Initiatives (New York: Blue Doom Press, 2010), pp. 189-206.
  • Muslim-Jewish relations: Some Islamic paradigms, in: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 21/1 (January 2010), pp. 11-21.
  • Religion and Terrorism: Christian Fundamentalism and Extremism, in: Terrorism and Political Violence, Vol. 22:3 (June 2010), pp. 438-456.
  • Secular Government and Interfaith Dialogue: A Regional Asia-Pacific Initiative, in: Studies in Interreligious Dialogue 20.1 (2010): 42-57.
  • The Vatican in Dialogue with Islam: Inclusion and Engagement, in: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 21/3 (July 2010), pp. 245-262.
  • The World Council of Churches in Dialogue with Muslims: Retrospect and Prospect, in: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 20/1 (January, 2009), pp. 21-42.
  • Necessary Non-Apodicity: Hermeneutic Priority and Textual Authority in Christian-Muslim Dialogue, in: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, Vol. 20/3 (July, 2009), pp. 291-303.
  • Christian Discipleship and Interfaith Engagement, in: Pacifica Vol. 22/3 (October 2009), pp. 317-333.
  • Douglas Pratt, An Uncommon Call: Prospect for a New Dialogue with Muslims?, in: Asian Christian Review Vol. 2 No. 2 & 3 (Summer/Winter 2008), pp. 36-53.
  • Douglas Pratt, ‘Religious Fundamentalism: A Paradigm for Terrorism?, in: Australian Religion Studies Review 20.2 (2007): 195-215.
  • Douglas Pratt, ‘Pluralism, Postmodernism and Interreligious Dialogue, in: Sophia, Vol. 46/3 (December 2007), pp. 243-259.
  • Douglas Pratt, The Challenge of Islam: Encounters in Interfaith Dialogue (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005).
  • Religious Plurality, Referential Realism and Paradigms of Pluralism, in: Avery Plaw (ed.), Frontiers of Diversity: Explorations in Contemporary Pluralism (Amsterdam & New York: Rodopi, 2005), pp. 191-209
  • Rethinking Religion: Exploratory Investigations (Hindmarsh, Adelaide: ATF Press, 2003).
  • Relational Deity: Hartshorne and Macquarrie on God (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2002).