This course offers an introduction to Latin American liberation theology. It will consist in reading texts by leading liberation theologians and discussing them in class. Students will be expected to read the relevant texts and come prepared to talk about them.
The course is based in reading and commenting upon current texts on Theological Anthropology coming from various Christian traditions, including Christian East, Latin American and Black Theologies.
This course will look at films about the afterlife, seeing how it is portrayed and what this says about beliefs in life after death, and how this is in line with or different from Christian understandings of life after death. Every two weeks (exceptions are noted below, namely October 11th and January 10th) we will watch a complete film and then discuss it, looking at what it suggests about how we can understand life after death (and therefore of course also life before death).
This course will address the aim of Christian mission, by bringing together the study of mission and liberation theology. What are the aims of Christian mission, how does Christian mission seek to enable the human being to respond in freedom to Christ? What is the role of social and political engagement in Christian mission?
After an introductory lecture the seminar will consists of reading of and commenting upon 20th and 21st century Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox theologians writing on Mary, such as Max Thurian, brother of Taizé, John Macquarie and Tina Beattie, Mother Maria Skobtsova, Vladimir Lossky and Mary Cunningham, Karl Rahner, Edward Schillebeeckx, Yvonne Gebara and Maria Clara Bingemer, or an an ecumenical attempts to arrive at a common understanding of Mary, as proposed by the Dombes Group. The work with the texts will be accompanied also by the work with art, including a guest lecture by Kateřina Kočandrle Bauer on Mary in Christian iconography, a visit to the Museum of the Modern art, and watching and discussion upon a film Ivetka and the Mountain.
This course will consist of a close reading of the classic seminal work of liberation theology, Gustavo Gutiérrez, A Theology of Liberation, looking at its historical context, its ongoing significance, and the role of liberation theology today.
The course explores 20th and 21st century Christologies in different Christian traditions and images of Christ in contemporary art.
This course will look at the way in which Christian ministers (priests, pastors, etc) are depicted in a number of different films from various backgrounds and countries. It will ask what elements of ministry the films focus on, and what, if anything, they can teach us about Christian ministry. We will also ask what is lacking and what would be necessary to complement the films.
The seminar will be focussed on the following text: Athanasius: De Incarnatione. We will work with the bilingual edition (Greek-English), ed. And trans. By Robert W. Thompson, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971. The early Christian controversy concerning the divinity of Christ, incarnation, salvation, and deification, will be interpreted through the prism of 21st century ecumenical and interreligious debate.
This course will offer an introduction to the discipline of missiology. It will start with a brief overview of the history of the discipline, and will then look at major themes in the history and theology of mission. The course will start with the biblical material, seeing the Bible not simply as having something to say about mission as well as other things, but as emerging from the demands of mission. We will look at some key themes of contemporary missiology, such as the importance and difficulty of context, the idea of missio Dei, the theological foundations of mission. We will also have an overview of the historical development of mission. We will finish by looking at some key questions, especially the role of other religions and Christian attitudes towards them, and the possibility of doing Christian mission today.