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James L. Fredericks - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

James L. Fredericks James L. Fredericks

Emeritus Professor of Theological Studies | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts



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James Fredericks, Ph.D. is a faculty member in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University and a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. He is also a specialist in inter-religious dialogue, especially the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity, and has lectured internationally in Japan, China, India, Iran, and Europe. He was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in Kyoto, Japan, and has held the Numata Chair in Buddhism and Culture at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. For many years, he has participated in the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, the Los Angeles Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue Group and the San Francisco Bay Area Zen-Catholic Dialogue Group. In addition to many articles, he is the author of Faith Among Faiths: Christian Theology and the Non-Christian Religions (Paulist Press) and Buddhists and Christians: Through Comparative Theology to a New Solidarity (Orbis Books). He is the co-editor of Interreligio us Friendships After Nostra Aetate (Palgrave-MacMillan 2015). His work has been translated into Japanese, Chinese, German, and Spanish.

Education (3)

Ph.D.: University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 1988

S.T.L.: Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, California 1983

B.A.: St. Joseph’s College, Mountain View, California 1973

Areas of Expertise (4)

Christian Theology Interreligious Dialogue Buddhism Dante

Accomplishments (3)

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar (professional)


Numata Chair in Buddhist Studies (professional)

Ryukoku University, Kyoto

Consutant to Pontifical Council for Interreligoius Dialogue for Buddhist-Catholic Dialogue (professional)

Vatican City

Affiliations (3)

  • American Academy of Religion
  • Catholic Theological Society of America
  • Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies

Languages (3)

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Japanese

Courses (5)

Comparative Theology

Comparative Theology

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology

Human rights and religions

Human rights and religions

The Divine Comedy of Dante

The Divine Comedy of Dante