Intensive, Elective unit (Min. No. 8)

1st semester: 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturdays 2, 16, 30 March, 4, 18 May, 1 June-Gallery excursion.

Cross listed as Systematic Theology CT9320Y and Spirituality DS9320Y

This unit explores the place of Mary in the tradition of western Christianity, through various prisms: theology, scripture, art, spirituality, history, hymnody and more. Mary will be studied using the tools of these disciplines. The unit will consider the role of Mary in history, culture and theology both methodically and critically.

PREREQUSITES: One foundational unit in CH, CT or DS

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. evaluate Christian traditions concerning Mary in the light of their biblical foundations
2. explain development in the theologies about, cults of, and devotion to Mary because of their historical context
3. analyse the mutual effect of developments in theological reflection upon Mary and of cultural and artistic expressions of her and her cult
4. assess critically a Marian spirituality in the light of the theological, biblical and historical traditions concerning Mary
5. present a sustained and multidisciplinary argument on a selected aspect of the Christian tradition concerning Mary

Five reflections 600 words each (5x 10%); 3000 word major essay (50%)

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission. Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ. London: Morehouse, 2005.

Boss, Sarah Jane. Mary: The Complete Resource. Oxford: OUP, 2007.

Ebertshauser, Caroline. Mary: Art, Culture and Religion through the Ages. New York: Crossroad, 1998.

Farrell, Marie. Gathering with Mary under the Southern Cross. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2007.

Gaventa, Beverly Roberts. Mary: Glimpses of the Mother of Jesus. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1995.

Graef, Hilda, ed. Mary: A History of Doctrine and Devotion. Notre Dame, IN: Christian Classics, 2009.

Johnson, Elizabeth A. Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints. New York: Continuum, 2003.

Katz, Melissa R., ed. Divine Mirrors: The Virgin Mary in the Visual Arts. Oxford: OUP, 2001.

Levine, Amy-Jill, ed. A Feminist Companion to Mariology. London: T&T Clark, 2005.

Rubin, Miri. Mother of God: A History of the Virgin Mary. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.