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Professor Mario I. Aguilar
C E N T R E F O R T H E S T U D Y O F R E L I G I O N & P O L I T I C S
I was appointed to a Chair in Divinity (Professor of Religion and Politics) in 2006 and became the director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics (CSRP) in 2005. I completed my Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London) in 1994 and I arrived in St Andrews in October 1994, having previously obtained degrees (STB, MA) from the Katholieke Universiteit Louvain. I served as Dean of Divinity from 2002-2005.
I consider that inter-faith dialogue has become a very important arena for contemporary theologies and the contribution by scholars of religion and theology in the contemporary world. I have outlined some of these possibilities in Church, Liberation and World Religions: Towards a Christian-Buddhist Dialogue (2012) and “Dialogue, Liberation and Justice” in David Cheetham, Douglas Pratt and David Thomas (eds.), Understanding Interreligious Relations (2013).
I have completed a biography of Pope Francis (Pope Francis: His Life and Thought, 2014) that connects with many of my works on the history of the Church in Latin America and Latin American theologies previously published, including: A Social History of the Catholic Church in Chile (9 volumes), The History and Politics of Latin American Theology (3 volumes, 2007-2008), Cardenal Raúl Silva Henríquez: presencia en la vida de Chile 1907-1999 (2004), and Current Issues on Theology and Religion in Latin America and Africa (2002).