Gerard Hall is a Marist priest and Associate Professor of Theology at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. He gained a doctorate with highest honours and distinction at the Catholic University of America, Washington DC, on “Raimon Panikkar’s Hermeneutics of Religious Pluralism” (1994). He has subsequently taught, researched and written in theology with particular focus on interfaith dialogue. He has presented major papers at Panikkar symposia in Barcelona (2002), Mumbai (2004), Barcelona (2006), Venice (2008) and Washington (2011). With Nereda White, Joan Hendriks and David Pascoe, he was a member of the organizing committee for the Brisbane “Indigenous Theology Symposium” (June 2010). He is founding editor of the Australian Journal of Theology (2002-2010) and member of Brisbane Archdiocesan Commission for Ecumenism and Interreligious Relations and Asia-Pacific Centre for Interreligious Dialogue. In 2010 he was a recipient of Qld Intercultural Society’s “Building Bridges Award” for contribution to interfaith dialogue.
Publications with relevance to this book include: “Hermenèutica intercultural i interreligiosa,” in I. Boada (ed.), La filosofia intercultural de Raimon Panikkar (Col-lecciό Temes Contemporanis, 2004); “Multi-Faith Dialogue in Conversation with Raimon Panikkar,” in Australian Ejournal of Theology 2 (2004); “The Call to Interfaith Dialogue,” in Australian Ejournal of Theology 5 (2005); “Raimon Panikkar: Cosmic Confidence and Global Peace,” in K Acharya et al. (eds.), Raimon Panikkar: His Legacy and Vision (Somaiya, 2008); “Interfaith Dialogue: Theology, Promise and Practice,” in H. Ziebertz et. al. (eds.), Dreaming the Land: Theologies of Resistance and Hope (Lit Verlag, 2007); “Conversing with Others: Interreligious Dialogue in Catholic Health and Aged Care,” in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology 43 (2007); “Inter- or Intra- Religious Dialogue?” in The Japan Mission Journal 64/2 (2010), “Prophetic Dialogue: A Foundational Category for Practical Theology,” in Journal of Practical Theology 14 (2010); “Australian Catholicism and Interfaith Dialogue,” in The Australasian Catholic Record 88/3 (July 2011): 298-307. With Aunty Joan, he was also one of ten members of the International Spirit of Religion Project (2006-2009) and co-authors and co-presents with her on interfaith issues, especially in relation to Indigenous-Christian dialogue.