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Marinus C. Iwuchukwu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Theology

Fisher Hall 612A
Phone: 412.396.1014

Education:

Ph.D., Systematic Theology, Marquette University, 2008
M.A., Journalism, Marquette University, 1998
Expertise

Marinus Chijioke Iwuchukwu specializes in Interreligious Dialogue, Religious Pluralism, and Media and Religion. His Ph.D. dissertation, which focused on interreligious dialogue in modern media society using Jacques Dupuis's model of inclusive religious pluralism and Walter Ong's dialogic media, has been published into a book with the title: Media Ecology and Religious Pluralism: Engaging Walter Ong and Jacques Dupuis Toward Effective Interreligious Dialogue.

Dr. Iwuchukwu is the current chair of Duquesne University Christian-Muslim Dialogue committee and the International Outreach Editor for the Journal of Interreligious Dialogue. He is a co-editor of an upcomig book titled Christian Muslim Dialogue in the United States and Africa: Theological, Public Health, Political, and Sociological Challenges. He is also working on a manuscript for another upcoming book titled Muslim-Christian Dialogue in Post-Colonial Northern Nigeria and The Challenges of Inclusive Cultural and Religious Pluralism.

Dr. Iwuchukwu is a member of the following professional organizations:

  • American Academy of Religion, AAR.
  • College Theology Society, CTS.
  • Member, Catholic Theological Society of America, CTSA.
  • Member, Colloquium on Violence and Religion
  • Member, Media Ecology Association, MEA.
Teaching

Undergraduate:

UCOR 143 - Global and Cultural Perspectives
THEO 283 - Judaism, Christianity, & Islam
IHP 105 -01 - Jews, Christians, & Muslims in Dialogue
IHP 105-02 - Abrahamic Religions in Diaspora and Interreligious Dialogue

Ph.D. Seminar:

THEO 671 - Special Topic (Dialogue in Religious Pluralistic Society)

 

Prior to his appointment at Duquesne, he taught at different colleges in the United States and Nigeria.

Achievements

Co-organized a Public Lecture and Panel Discussion on Multiple Religious Belonging, April 2012.

Chaired the Organization of a Symposium - Women and Minorities in Interreligious Dialogue, February 2012

Co-organized Public Lecture in honor of First UN approved Annual Week of Religious Harmony, February 2012.

Co-organized a workshop on interreligious dialogue for graduate students facilitated by Dialogue Institute of Temple University, Philadelphia, February 2011.

Chaired the Organization of a Symposium on Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the US and Africa, October 2010.

Scholarship

Books:



Muslim-Christian Dialogue in Post-Colonial Northern Nigeria: The Challenges of Inclusive Cultural and Religious Pluralism.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Click on the image.

In this pathbreaking book, Marinus Iwuchukwu examinesthe perennial conflicts in different parts of northern Nigeria and why they are popularly called Muslim-Christian clashes. Specifically, he examines the immediate and remote factors that are responsible for the conflicts, seeking to know if northern Nigerians are intrinsically religious and if people in this region are attracted to either Islam or Christianity exclusively and why. In the light of the popular finger-pointing on religion and sometimes on culture as reasons for the conflicts,Iwuchukwu exploreshow an inclusive religious and cultural pluralistic framework can effectively facilitate ongoing interreligious dialogue among the feuding groups.


Media Ecology and Religious Pluralism: Engaging Walter Ong and Jacques Dupuis Toward Effective Interreligious Dialogue. Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010.Click on the image.

This book enunciates the need for Christians to acknowledge that religious pluralism is not only a de facto reality but also a de jure of God's relationship with all people. It further argues that this is an imperative theological assumption, indispensable for truly honest, lasting, respectful, and successful interreligious dialogues with peoples of non-Christian religions. Dupuis's model of inclusive religious pluralism, in alliance with Ong's media ecology of dialogic openness in a media society, can serve to promote the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations? search for successful interreligious dialogue in contemporary multi-religious settings. Ong's media ecology sustained by the understanding of the media as effective agents for communication across social and cultural plurality clearly makes him, in the mind of this author one of the best ideological functional partners with Dupuis in the search for social peace promoted by the media through interreligious dialogue.


Articles:

"The Social, Economic, and Human Costs of Christian-Muslim Violence in Northern Nigeria in the Last 20 Years," International Journal of African Catholicism 2 (2011): 27-38.

Guest Editor, Special Edition. "Christian-Muslim Dialogue." International Journal of African Catholicism 2 (2011).

"The Hermeneutical Challenges In Muslim-Christian Dialogue." Indian Theological Studies. 47 (2010): 233-252.

"The Odyssey of African Theologians in America." International Journal of African Catholicism 1 (2010) http://www.saintleo.edu/Academics/School-of-Arts-Sciences/International-Journal-of-African-Catholicism.

"The Prophetic Imperatives of Dialogue: The Challenges of Missions in Northern Nigeria." Bulletin of Ecumenical Theology 22 (2010): 48-65.

"Engaging the Media As Effective Tools For Interreligions Dialogue in Multireligions Societies: A Catholic Evaluation." Journal of Interreligious Dialogue 3 (2010) www.irdialogue.org.

"Democracy in a Multi-Religious and Cultural Setting: The Nigerian Context." World Futures 59: (2003): 381-390.

"The Role of Religion in National Unity: Focus on Nigeria." Tambari Kano Journal of Education, March, 2003.

"The Church and the Evangelization of the Political Culture of Nigeria: A Media Perspective." Pages 167-177 in The Nature and Identity of the Church: Nigerian Theological Perspectives. Ed. Valerian M. Okeke. (Nsukka, Nigeria: Fulladu Publishing Company, 2001).

Book Review:
Cyril Orji, Ethnic and Religious Conflict in Africa: An Analysis of Bias, Decline, and Conversion Based on the Works of Bernard Lonergan. In Theological Studies 70 (2009).

Other scholarly contributions and projects:

A number of articles published in local and national newspapers in the US including "Country should emulate the lives of moral leaders," Wausau Daily Herald, Wausau, Wisconsin, Friday, October 27, 2000, p. 3B; "The Role of Counseling in Christian Youth Ministry," In Book of Reading, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Federal College of Education, Kano 1 (1999); "The New Millennium and the Responsible use of the Communication Media in Nigeria," Tambari Kano Journal of Education 5 (1999).

Guest Editor for The International Journal of African Catholicism for a special edition of the journal with focus on Christian-Muslim dialogue in Africa. Published in the June 2011 edition.

Associate Editor for The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society for one issue of the journal 2011.

Have reviewed articles for two peer review journals: The International Journal of African Catholicism and The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, 2010 to date.

Rounding up work as a co-editor on a book titled Christian-Muslim Dialogue in the United States and Africa: Theological, Public Health, Political, and Sociological Challenges.

Working on the manuscript of an approved book proposal due in the fall of 2013 to be published by Palgrave MacMillen. The title of the upcoming book is Muslim-Christian Dialogue in Post-Colonial Northern Nigeria and the Challenges of Inclusive Cultural and Religious Pluralism.

Working on a research study with two other colleagues on the negative impact of anti-Muslim sentiments on the Muslim community in Pittsburgh.

Currently collaborating with two other scholars as authors on a book titled Critical, Constructive, and Substantive Dialogue: Jews, Christians, and Muslims Getting Beyond the inhibitions to Effective Dialogue in Pluralistic Societies.

"Outside de jure Religious Pluralism No Dialogue: A Critical Socio-Theological Assessment of Christian-Muslim Dialogue in Post-Colonial Sub-Saharan Africa." Paper presentation at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C May 23-35, 2012.