1st semester: Thursday evening (Min. No. 8)
This unit is an investigation into the manner in which theology is done and how theologians engage in their craft, rather than a discussion of the content of their conclusions. Thus, it examines their own descriptions of the theological process and their output. The unit provides students with an array of methodological tools for theological work.
PREREQUSITES: 54 points of Systematic Theology including 18 points of Christology
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. identify and describe the main methodologies employed in Christian theology
2. assess the effectiveness of these theological tools in different contexts
3. apply a variety of theological tools to a presented consideration
4. articulate the strengths and weaknesses of various theological approaches
Book review 1000 words (20%); Comparison exercise 1500 words (30%); Major essay 2500 words (50%)
Allen, Paul. Theological Method: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: T&T Clark, 2012.
Balthasar, Hans Urs von. Theo-Dramatic. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press, 1988.
Bevans, Stephen. Contextual Theology for the Twenty-First Century. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2011.
Eckhardt, A. Roy. The Theologian at Work. London: SCM Press, 1968.
Egan, Philip. Philosophy and Catholic Theology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2009.
Gallagher, Michael. Faith Maps: Ten Religious Explorers from Newman to Joseph Ratzinger. London: DLT, 2010.
Gutierez, Gustavo. A Theology of Liberation. New York: Orbis, 1988.
Hartwell, Herbert. The Theology of Karl Barth: An Introduction. London: Duckworth, 1964.
Jones, Serene. Feminist Theory and Christian Theology: Cartography of Grace. Minneapolis MN: Fortress Press, 2000.
Lonergan, Bernard. Method in Theology. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1979.
Rahner, Karl. Foundations of Christian Faith. New York: Seabury Press, 1987.
Schussler-Fiorenza, Elisabeth. In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins. New York: Crossroads, 1994.
Stone, Howard. How to Think Theologically. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1996.
Lecturer: MATTHEW BECKMANN OFM