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010015 VO Advanced Course Fundamental Theology (Religion and God in Contemporary Society) (2020S)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

Language: German

Examination dates

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 04.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 11.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 18.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 25.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 01.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 22.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 29.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 06.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 13.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 20.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 27.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 03.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 10.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5
Wednesday 17.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Seminarraum 7 Hauptgebäude, Tiefparterre Stiege 9 Hof 5

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

If one tries to speak of God in a fundamentally theological way, one faces big problems as well as great tasks. Because of the fact that it has become a growing problem to speak assertively of God a new approach to negative theology is possible and obvious after historical crisis and face to face with contemporary crisis. This is not meant to be fleeing these crisis (redemption that had not become real; religious violence), but to renew the access to the wisdom of Israel confessing the one and real God and its human consequences.

Contents of the course
The course deals with the following topics:
- Substitution of God through (religious) terror and different kinds of heroism
- The relevance of the essential difference between God and man
- Naturalistic ideologies as presupposition of modern atheism
- Characteristics of idols, their omnipresence, and the God of liberation
- God, sacrifice, and reconciliation
- Idols and space, ban of images and time
- Prayer as testimony of the biblical God and rebellion, anger, protest, thanks, and acceptance as its main incentives
- God and Shabbat

Main aims of the course
The main targets of this course are the knowledge of:
- the problem of substituting God in a time that tends to lose the faith in him
- the connection between modern naturalism and atheism
- the reasons of overstressing man’s capability leading him to idolizing himself
- the connection between religious ideologies, sacrifices, victims, and abusing God
- the eminent relevance of the biblical ban of images
- prayer as one of the basic testimonies of God
- the legitimation of struggling with God and even against God for God’s sake

Method of the course
Lecture, discussion, summaries of each lecture on Moodle platform.

UPDATE:
AS A RESULT OF THE MEASURES TAKEN IN THE WAKE OF THE COVID19 CRISIS, THE LECTURE WILL BE DELIVERED DIGITALLY VIA THE LEARNING PLATFORM MOODLE. ON THE PLATFORM YOU WILL NOW ALSO FIND ONE AND A HALF HOUR LECTURES IN MP3-FORMAT, WHICH ARE ACTIVATED AT THE TIME OF THE LECTURE AND ARE A HELPFUL AID FOR THE SUMMARIES AND LITERATURE REFERENCES (GENERAL AND TOPIC-RELATED). IT IS ALSO INTENDED TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR FEEDBACK ON THE CONTENTS AND THEIR DISCUSSION. YOU WILL RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE FORM OF THE FEEDBACK AT THIS PLACE AND ABOUT U:SPACE AS SOON AS THE PLANUNG IS COMPLETED. (March 30th, 2020).

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral exam of 15 minutes, each on at least four examination dates (see https://st-tgf-ktf.univie.ac.at/studium/pruefungstermine/wolfgang-treitler/) as well as in every office hour of the following semester (registration via email to wolfgang.treitler@univie.ac.at)
No aids during the examination permitted:

UPDATE:
DUE TO THE MEASURES OF THE COVID19 CRISISIS, ORAL EXAMINATIONS WILL BE DIGITALLY PROCESSED THROUGH THE PLATFORM https://meet.jit.si/ ACCORDING TO THE EXAMINATION DATES THAT ARE ALREADY ADVERTISED. A SPECIFIC LINK WILL BE SENT TO THE INDIVIDUAL CANDIDATES VIA EMAIL AFTER THEIR REGISTRATION ON TEMPUS. THE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE FOR THE EXAM REMAINS THE SAME. THIS EXAMINATION MODE IS VALID AS LONG AS THE PANDEMIA MEASURES REMAIN MANDATORY. (March 30th, 2020)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Comprehensive understanding of the topics of the lecture - for a positive mark at least 50% of the given answers must be correct.

Examination topics

Content of the lecture as available via Moodle, where the audio and text files are assigned to the lecture dates, or alternatively exam-relevant substitute literature.

Reading list

Substitute Literature:
Fackenheim Emil L., To Mend the World. Foundation of Post-Holocaust Jewish Thought, Blooming-ton-Indianapolis 1994, 278-313.

Heschel Abraham Joshua, God ins Search of Man. A Philosophy of Judaism, New York 1983, 101-164; 200-208; 235-256; 367-381.
Hazony Yoram, The Philosophy of Hebrew Scripture, Cambridge 2012, 161-192; 219-264.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 24, 066 796 (17W) MRP 05krp, 066 795 (15W) M2a, M2b, auslaufende Studienpläne: Pflichtfach für 011 (11W) D35, 020

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