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010031 SE Classics of eastern orthodox spirituality (2020W)

Theology and Spirituality of the Eastern Church Fathers

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work
Mo 07.12. 15:00-16:30 Digital



Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 05.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 12.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 19.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 09.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 16.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 23.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 30.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 14.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Monday 11.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 18.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Monday 25.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Hybride Lehre
Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Spirituality plays a prominent role in the Eastern Orthodox traditions and in the construction of contemporary Eastern Orthodox identity. This seminar will explore some classics works of spirituality to present important authors and theological themes in traditions of Eastern Orthodox spirituality.

Learning outcomes
• Students will know a general outline of the history of Eastern Orthodox spirituality
• Students will be able to identify important spiritual authors in the Eastern Orthodox tradition
• Students will be able to identify and theologically reflect on important themes in Eastern Orthodox spiritual literature

Learning activities
Presentations by the teacher, presentations of assigned reading material by students, written summaries, group discussions, and written essays.

Assessment and permitted materials

The students will be graded both on their active participation in groups discussion at the seminar and on their individual written work.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimal requirements
Mandatory participation in the seminars. Students may be absent two times without special cause. Students must achieve a minimum of 50 points to pass.

1 (sehr gut) -> 100-89 points
2 (gut) -> 88-76 points
3 (befriedigend) -> 75-63 points
4 (genügend) -> 62-50 points
5 (nicht genügend) -> 49-0 points
Written paper is worth 40 points, seminar presentations are worth 40 points, and participation in seminar discussion is worth 20 points.

Examination topics

Reading list

Tomas Spirdlik. The Spirituality of the Christian East: A Systematic Handbook. 1986.
Philip Sheldrake. Spirituality: A Brief History. 2nd ed. 2013.
Andrew Louth. The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys. 2nd ed. 2007.
(The students will in consultation with the teacher choose a classical work of Eastern Orthodox Spirituality to read and present at the seminar).

Association in the course directory

für 066 796 (17W) MRP 04orp, 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18krp, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18ktb, 198 418 BA UF RK 16, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 066 795 M2b
auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM

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