This article seeks to define and defend the work of transreligious theology and invite a broad
range of instructors from a variety of institutional settings to teach it. What is distinctive here is my definition
of transreligious theology understood as the quest for interreligious wisdom. My central questions will
be these: Just what is transreligious theology? Why should it be taught? Finally, this essay will take up
the concrete question of how transreligious theology might be taught in a variety of institutional settings
including undergraduate religious studies departments and even within the state university context.
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