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.

Jesus Christ in Theologies and Cultures

Summer Term 2017, Wednesdays 15.10-16.40

Ivana Noble


14.2.  Introduction


21.2. Gerald O’Collins: “Some Major Challenges” in Christology: A Biblical, Historical and Systematic Study of Jesus, Oxford: OUP, 1995, 1-21.


28.2. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “The Present Christ: The Pro Me” in Christology, New York: Fount, 1978, 43-65.


7.3.  IN PLACE OF THE CLASS - Visit the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Church of your choice – study the images of Jesus Christ there, bring photographs, and your commentary on the Christological/Soteriological themes and their interpretation there


14.3. Presentations I: Workshop: Images of Christ in the Churches in Prague

Edward Schillebeeckx, “Modern ‘Christological’ trends in the Wake of the Enlightenment”, in Jesus: An Experiment in Christology, 585-594.


21.3. Jürgen Moltmann: The Crucified God, Minneapolis : Fortress, 1993, 160-199.


26.3. – 8.4. Easter Break (Jesus Christ in Christian Liturgies) - Notes for Presentation II


11.4. Presentations II: Jesus Christ in Christian Liturgies

Dumitru Staniloae: “The One Work of Salvation”, The Experience of God III, 125-155; 163-165.


18.4.  Tim Noble: Jon Sobrino, Jesus the Liberator, Maryknoll : Orbis Books, 1994, 233-254.


25. 4. Tim Noble: Film: Pier Paolo Pasolini: Gospel according to St Matthew (1964)


2.5. Roger Haight: “The Impact of Pluralism on Christology”, in The Myriad of Christ, Terry Merrigan and Jacques Haers (eds.), Leuven: Peeters, 2000, 31-44.

Lieven Boeve: “Christus Postmodernus”, ibid, 577-593.


9.5. Linda S. Harrington: “Feminist’ Christs and Christian Spirituality”, in Anne Clifford and Anthony Godzieba (eds.), Christology: Memory, Inquiry, Practice, Maryknoll: Orbis, 2002, 214-236

Mercy Amba Oduyoe “Jesus Christ”, in Susan F. Parsons (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Theology, Cambridge: CUP, 2002, 151-170.


16. 5. – Rector’s Day


23.5. Contemporary Debate:  

Aristotle Papanikolaou: „Person, Kenosis and Abuse: Hans Urs von Balthasar and Feminist Theologies in Conversation “, Modern Theology 19:1 (2003), 41-65.


Carolyn A. Chau: What Could Possibly Be Given?”: Towards an Exploration of Kenosis  as Forgiveness—Continuing the Conversation between Coakley, Hampson, and Papanikolaou“, Modern Theology 28:1 (2012), 1-24.



30.5.  Presentations II: Challenges in Current Christology



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.