Interfaith New Testament Dialogue

On March 21-22, 2019, the John A. Widtsoe Foundation–along with the support of USC’s Office of Religious Life and Chapman University’s Interfaith Center–launched an interfaith Christian dialogue that will focus on the teachings of the New Testament. Eight scholars representing eight different Christian traditions will meet every six months for the next three years to discuss their interpretations of sometimes contentious scripture passages. These closed-door dialogue sessions will be held in an atmosphere that promotes civil and respectful relationships. 

Through this dialogue, it is the Foundation’s hope that misunderstanding, misrepresentation, and inaccurate descriptions of others’ beliefs in the Christian community will decrease and eventually dissolve. During future dialogue sessions, the Widtsoe Foundation, USC, and Chapman University will sponsor events featuring these interfaith scholars that will be open to the public.