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010026 SE Concepts of Systematic Theology (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work

Details

Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 04.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 11.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 18.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 25.03. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 01.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 08.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 29.04. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 06.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 13.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 20.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 27.05. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 03.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 17.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Monday 24.06. 18:30 - 20:00 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Thursday 27.06. 15:00 - 17:30 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

Course Content:
In order to understand the essence of Christianity, its foundational concepts and its place in the world, the discipline of theology always thoroughly reflected its historical context. The task of theology and of theologians is to advance and redefine our understanding of the content of Christian faith in the given culture. First modernity, and then the so-called postmodern culture, exposed theology to difficult questions challenging its fundamental concepts and self-understanding. This course will explore major theological reactions, and especially the developments in theological methodology, in relation to the cultural revolutions of the past century. The German Protestant theologian Paul Tillich constructively-critically reacted to modernity by developing existential theology and the method of correlation as a new mode of inculturation. Nevertheless, modernity has been radicalized or surpassed by postmodernity. The Catholic author John D. Caputo does not repudiate the postmodern challenges. Rather he embraces the situation of the end of metaphysics and engages with the present day secular culture from a hermeneutical perspective. This effort results in the concept of weak theology and a theology of the event. However, even postmodern radicalism seems to lose its sharpness. On the one hand, we witness the restorative theological tendencies (for example, the Radical Orthodoxy movement), on the other hand, the return of religion (alternatively called the theological turn) in contemporary philosophy makes its way forward. The French theologian and phenomenologist Emmanuel Falque, who represents the creative tension between theology and philosophy at its high, responds to the current culture with a thought-provoking reinterpretation of Christianity, rendering Christian theology as a powerful transformative movement in the world. How are we called to do theology in the present-day secular culture? What is the relationship between theological thinking and contextual cultural and philosophical consciousness? What does it mean to theologize in the wake of the end of metaphysics? By a close reading of authors like Paul Tillich, John D. Caputo, and Emmanuel Falque, we will investigate and reinterpret fundamental theological concepts, such as the incarnation, resurrection, and transcendence and will relate these theological concepts with their secular equivalents (e.g. embodiment, finitude and immanence). Against this background, the course will elucidate recent developments in theological method and systematic theology in general.

Method:
Preparation for class by reading key texts. Presentation of systematic theological concepts, followed by the in-class reading of texts and discussion.

Course Goals:
The goals of this course are:
• To deepen knowledge of the contents and methods of systematic theology.
• To become familiar with the systematic-theological perspective on the relation between Christianity and contemporary (postmodern) culture.
• To provide instruction in a critical reading of primary theological sources.
• To practice the task of interpreting and also thinking beyond studied theological texts.
After the completion of the course, students will have:
• The competence to apply theoretical insights gained for practical theological purposes.
• The ability to independently read and critically interpret theological literature.
• The insight into a complex question of the relationship between theology, philosophy and postmodern culture.

Assessment and permitted materials

Grading Method:
The final grade will be determined on the basis of three aspects:
• Active participation (including attendance and preparedness) during the class periods: 25%
• An essay based on a theological monograph according to the student’s selection (ca. 1500–2000 words) written in English or German: 50%.
• Final interview with the student concerning the essay: 25%

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Requirements for Students for Successful Completion of the Course and Attendance Requirements:
• Active participation in class sessions: being present and prepared with the course materials.
• Successful completion of a term paper (a theological essay) according to the format and guidelines provided by the instructor.

Assessment Criteria:
Quality of the essay; active participation in class sessions; and attendance of class sessions.

Examination topics

The final grade will be determined on the basis of three aspects:
• Active participation (including attendance and preparedness) during the class periods: 25%
• An essay based on a theological monograph according to the student’s selection (ca. 1500–2000 words) written in English or German: 50%.
• Final interview with the student concerning the essay: 25%

Reading list

A Reader with texts will be distributed at the beginning of the course. The texts can also be obtained from the Office for Systematic Theology and Ethics. We will discuss selected parts of:
Tillich, Paul. Systematic Theology vol. I. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1951. [German translation: Systematische Theologie I. Berlin: De Gruyter. 2017]
Tillich Paul. Theology and Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1959.
Falque, Emmanuel. Crossing the Rubicon: The Borderlands of Philosophy and Theology. Translated by Reuben Shank. New York: Fordham University Press, 2016.
Falque, Emmanuel God, the Flesh, and the Other: From Irenaeus to Duns Scotus. Northwestern University Press, 2015.
Falque, Emmanuel. The Metamorphosis of Finitude: An Essay on Birth and Resurrection. Translated by George Hughes. New York: Fordham University Press, 2012.
Caputo John D. The Folly of God: A Theology of the Unconditional. Salem, OR: Polebridge Press. 2016.
Caputo John D. The Insistence of God: A Theology of Perhaps. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. 2013.
Caputo John D. “The Sense of God: A Theology of the Event with Special Reference to Christianity.” In Between Philosophy and Theology, edited by L. Boeve and C. Brabant. Farnham: Ashgate, 2010, pp. 27-42.

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 25, für 066 795 (15W) M 1; auslaufende Studienpläne: (freies) Wahlfach für 020, empfohlen für WI oder WII für 011 (11W)

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