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Heythrop - Contemporary Christian Thought
(Text as at 20/11/2010 07:23:31)
This is the control document for my activities on the Contemporary Christian Thought module of the MA Philosophy and Religion course at Heythrop.
The module outline for 2010/111 is now on the web (http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/fileadmin/documents/official/Module_Outlines/2010-2011/Postgraduate/PHR401_Module_Outline_2010-11.pdf). I might note here that at the induction evening, this course was singled out by David Lonsdale (the Dean of Postgraduate Studies) as a particular privilege to attend.
The Key Points2 are:-
- Module Co-ordinator: John McDade (http://www.heythrop.ac.uk/about-us/college-staff/academic-staff/dr-john-mcdade-sj.html)
- Module aims:
- To present the main features of contemporary Christian thought in relation to God, Christ and human destiny
- To consider Christian faith in its relation to human religiosity, philosophical inquiry and Scriptural interpretation.
- To address questions of Christian identity in relation to its source in Judaism and its universal mission.
- Learning outcomes: Students will:-
- Consider the role of Trinitarian theology in Christianity and its relation to other monotheistic traditions,
- Consider questions relating to the person and work of Christ and the traditions of his unique status in relation to pluralism and unbelief,
- Consider different approaches to the historical Jesus,
- Investigate modern theological engagements between Judaism, Islam and Christianity in relation to revelation and Scriptures,
- Consider the theological anthropologies which Christian thought develops.
- Module content:
- Barth's doctrine of Election;
- Rahner's transcendental anthropology;
- The Trinity and oneness of God;
- Vatican II on the relation to other religions;
- The impact of Jewish-Christian dialogue and Christian-Islamic dialogue on modern Christian self-definition;
- ’Anonymous Christianity' and the universal significance of Christ;
- Simone Weil on God, humanity and kenosis;
- Modern approaches to the historical Jesus;
- The roots and nature of modern atheism.
- Learning and teaching methods: Lectures and guided discussions.
- Essential Texts3 :-
- Recommended Texts:
- Background5 Reading: "Ford (David F.) & Muers (Rachel), Eds. - The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology Since 1918".
- In-course feedback:
- Coursework will be returned with individual comments and individual guidance about how it could be improved.
- Assistance and feedback will be provided for topic selection and preparation of the essay in a form of tutorial.
- Two Coursework tasks of 20% each, and
- Final Essay of 4,000 words: 60%.
In-Page Footnotes:Footnote 1: The 2009/10 equivalent course - Twentieth Century Religious Thought (http://students.heythrop.ac.uk/info/2009/outlines/PHR403.pdf) – was significantly different
Footnote 2: I’ve taken the liberty of re-ordering a few points where the module outline seemed a bit scruffy
Footnote 3: I think photocopies of the essential passages will be distributed, but where available, and economically sensible, I’ve obtained the full texts.
Footnote 4: I’m not sure whether these are essays by Simone Weil, or what. They are not in "Weil (Simone) - Gravity and Grace".
Footnote 5: I see that the difficult "Lonergan (Bernard J.F.) - Method in Theology" – one of the texts recommended for preliminary reading – is not mentioned. Probably just as well – I’ll give up on the book after completing the first chapter
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References & Reading List
||Church Dogmatics: Volume II - The Doctrine of God - First Half-Volume
||Book - Cited
||Barth (Karl) - Church Dogmatics: Volume II - The Doctrine of God - First Half-Volume
|Gallagher (Michael Paul)
||What are They Saying About Unbelief?
||Book - Cited
||Gallagher (Michael Paul) - What are They Saying About Unbelief?
||Gravity and Grace
||Book - Cited
||Weil (Simone) - Gravity and Grace
||Jesus and the Victory of God
||Book - Cited
||Wright (N.T.) - Jesus and the Victory of God
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