Methods and Paradigms of Christian Studies
This course aims at providing students with a solid methodological and theoretical understanding of the multidisciplinary study of Christianity. It mainly introduces the students to the principal tasks (e.g., historical, constructive, practical) and methods, together with their theoretical presuppositions, of Christian studies. It also acquaints students with major theological paradigms (e.g., traditional, liberal, liberationist, feminist, etc.) and their different visions of the theological disciplines (e.g., biblical studies, history of Christianity, systematic theology, pastoral studies, etc.). Issues such as the relation of Christian studies to other academic fields, the alleged conflict between its scientific and ecclesial orientations, and the interconnection of its diverse disciplines, will be discussed.
Old Course Code (2009-10 and before) : RST5006