Religious issues are an important part of public debate in contemporary pluralist societies. Many crucial social and political matters are affected by religious concerns and key policy debates require expertise and literacy in religious and theological concepts, traditions and practices. At the global, European and Irish levels a critical understanding of the Christian tradition is imperative, given the historic and continuing influence of this tradition.
This MPhil in Christian Theology provides students with the opportunity to gain an in-depth knowledge of the core disciplines of theology and to develop skills of critical thinking in relation to them. Its focus, on pluralist and critically constructive theological studies of the highest academic standing, will allow students to contribute to public debates on religious/theological issues in contemporary societies.
The course incorporates both taught and research components. Students must take six taught modules (10 ECTS each) comprising three core and three optional modules, and write a 15,000-word dissertation (30 ECTS).
The taught modules are made up of three core modules and three optional modules.
The three core modules are:
- Method and Theory in the Study of Theology
- Violence and Grace in the Human Narrative
- The First Words: Theology/ies of the Bible
The elective modules are:
- Rights and Responsibilities: A Theological Engagement
- Readings in Classical Theological Texts
- Theology and the Arts
- Christianity of the Celtic World (600-1,000 AD)
- The Role of Church in a Pluralist Society
- Ministry and Church in a Challenging Era
- Authority, Tradition and Experience: Ecumenics as Intercultural Theology*
- Nature, Grace and the Triune God*
- Developing Dogma: Identity and Change in Christian Tradition*
The elective modules offered each year will vary.
*Modules shared with the MPhil in Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies
Prof. Fainche Ryan
Admission to this course is at the graduate level. Applicants will normally hold a good honours degree (minimum 2.1) in theology from a recognized university. Applicants whose degree is in a different relevant discipline, such as philosophy, history or religious education, will be considered on a case by case basis. Exceptional cases where applicants do not fully meet the above criteria but make a reasonable case for admissions otherwise will be considered by the Dean of Graduate Studies.
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Last updated February 27, 2018