Over the past fourteen centuries, Muslims and Christians have developed
a complex relationship filled with contradictions. In this talk, Dr. Keating
will give a brief overview of some of the defining moments of this
history, along with their underlying theological motivations, concluding
with some of the contributions made by the Catholic Church since the
Second Vatican Council toward improving relations and overcoming
long-standing tensions between the two religious communities.
Dr. Keating is currently Associate Professor of Theology at Providence
College in Rhode Island where she teaches courses in Catholic theology,
Islam and world religions, and functions as Director for the Development
of Western Civilization program. She has published numerous articles
and a book on Muslim-Christian relations, focusing specifically in
the early centuries of Islam. Dr. Keating was a member of the Vatican
Commission for Religious Relations with Muslims from 2005-12, is a
member of the USCCB Mid-Atlantic dialogue and regularly participates
in Catholic-Muslim dialogues, both in the United States and abroad. She
also serves on several Boards of Directors, is a frequent lecturer on the
topic of Muslim-Christian relations, and consults in the field. She lives
with her husband and two teenaged children in Providence, RI.
Co-Sponsored by The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston,
Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs Commission and University
of St. Thomas Center for Faith and Culture.