This program focuses on issues, which will allow students to apply their education in those fields where other similar Higher Education Institutions do not provide appropriate competence.
The master program applied in theology prepares students for academic and spiritual fields, as is often the case in other similar institutions, and focuses on directions that will enable graduates to perform expert work in different non-governmental organizations and public services.
The program focuses specifically on Church-State Relations, Social doctrine of Church, Sociology of Religion, and Religious Anthropology.
The goal of the program:
Get acquainted with the church's official position on social issues, the biblical basis of social teaching and historical development, models of the relationship between church and state.Understand the effects of church-state interactions and identify the relevant problem of church-state relations, implementation of the church's doctrines.
Deeply examine the orthodox concept of divine redemption providence in the context of comparison with the sociological tradition of Protestantism; study the interrelationship between revelation and theological language and the history and specificity of theological terminology. Get acquainted with the main Trinitarian concepts and the historical context of their formation.
Be aware of the most important representatives of modern Christian theology and their concepts.
Make an in-depth analysis of various theological problems and plan and conduct academic research on theological issues using academic writing techniques.
Knowledge and understanding:
The views of modern Christian theologians and the last major trends in Christian theology, their attitude to both religious and secular problems, science, culture, other creeds, and religions, based on which develops original ideas of the field;
The legal aspects of the relationship between the church and the state, the historical experience of church-state relations and the current state; The results of the interaction of the church and the state;The importance of social studies of church categories, such as human dignity, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity; The duties and rights of man as a member of the society in light of the position of the church; In-depth aspects of Trinitology and Soteriology representing the most critical issues of dogmatic doctrines of the church: hermeneutics, interfaith, Orthodox, and Catholic approaches.
The graduate will have the following skills:
Connect the views expressed in church documents with the social problems of modern times; Identify a specific model of church-state relationship, discuss positive and negative sides of the issue; Evaluate the constitutional principles of actions of officials and the political-legal concept of secularism properly; Participate in a dialogue between confessions, determine the forms and prospects of ecumenical activity; Communication with representatives of different religions with a focus on relevant religious issues; Search and select academic, scholarly literature following the principles of an academic good conscience; Take a methodical approach to the topic or issue under consideration, accumulate, systematize and integrate information based on different sources, independently plan and execute research through academic writing techniques; Communicate interdisciplinarily;Engage in interdisciplinary dialogue with specialists in other disciplines during the discussion ofimportant social, worldview, and legal issues; Deliver to the parties involved in the discussion of theological visions of these relevant problems in an academic, terminological form, taking into account the social and ethical responsibilities; Critically evaluate the latest achievementsin the field based on in-depth and systematic knowledge gained in theology, work out original ideas and further develop them.
Field of employment:
The graduate can be employed in public and private institutions, governmental and non-governmental organizations, the media, religious organizations, publishing, scientific-research institutions where a Master of Arts degree in theology is required /sufficient.