Course: Introduction to Theology and Dogmatics

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Course title Introduction to Theology and Dogmatics
Course code KTEO/KUDT
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Kolářová Lucie, Mgr. Dr. theol.
Course content
1. What is theology? Etymology, history 2. Three definitions of theology 3. Theology among revelation, faith and the Church dynamics of theology 4. Love as the very core and principle of theology 5. Theology its practical and theoretic branches 6. Theology as rational reflection of faith (fides quaerens intellectum, fides qua and fides quae) 7. Theology as Auto/Theo-biography 8. Four sources of theology (Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium, Signs of the time) 9. Different areas of theological concern 10. Theology a way of Christian life, closing class discussion

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming)
Learning outcomes
As the title suggest, this course will introduce students to the realm of theology. The development and history of Christian theology will be considered, some main theological concepts will be introduced and students will be acquainted with the basics of theological vocabulary. Students will encounter elementary characteristics of the discipline. They will discover main theological concerns and also methods used in theology. The main purpose of this course is to introduce students to theology as an academic discipline. - Gain knowledge about theology as such and as an academic discipline. - Gain knowledge about the basic characteristics, contents and methods of theology. - Become acquainted with some important and often persistent theological questions. - Be introduced into the use of language theological. - Develop critical thinking skills.
Students will gain rudimentary knowledge of the nature, methods, contents and characteristics of theology. Students will be able to use appropriate theological terminology on elemental level. Students will be able to identify the most important theological questions. Students will gain basic ability to engage in theological dialogue. Students will develop their critical thinking skills.
Prerequisites
None

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination

Course attendance (80% compulsory); individual study and reading; oral exam. Bibliography (compulsory): DULLES, Avery. 2000. The new world of faith. Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor, 175 p. ISBN 08-797-3692-5. (Chapters: 1-7; Pages: 13-104) DULLES, Avery and Laurence J MCGINLEY. 2008. Church and society: the Laurence J. McGinley lectures, 1988-2007. 1st ed. New York: Fordham University Press, xxvii, 546 p. ISBN 9780823228621. (Chapter 1, 4, 6; Pages: 1-15; 43-50; 68-86) LENNAN, Richard. 1998. An introduction to Catholic theology. New York: Paulist Press, iii, 189 p. ISBN 9780809138081. (Whole book) MCGRATH, Alister E. 2011. Christian theology: an introduction. 5th ed. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, xxviii, 499 p. ISBN 14-443-3514-6. (Selected chapters; selection will be provided by lecturer at the beginning of the course) NOBLE, Ivana. 2010. Tracking God: an ecumenical fundamental theology. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf, ISBN 978-160-6087-008. (Chapter 1; Pages 1-44) ŠTĚCH, František. 2015. Love as the core of theology. In: Hans SNOEK (ed.) In love with the Bible and its ordinary readers: Hans de Wit and the intercultural Bible fading project. Elkhart (In): Institute of Mennonite Studies, 2015, p. 179-189, ISBN 093627379-8. Other shorter (unpublished) study texts will be provided by course facilitator in PDF reader at the beginning of the course. Bibliography (extension reading, optional): An Introduction to Christian Theology; Available at: https://www.bc.edu/content/dam/files/centers/boisi/pdf/bc_papers/BCP-Christianity.pdf DYRNESS, William, Veli-Matti KARKKAINEN (Eds.). 2008. Global dictionary of theology: a resource for the worldwide church. Nottingham, England: Inter-Varsity Press, xxviii, 996 p. ISBN 08-308-2454-5. FORD, David. 2000. Theology: a very short introduction. New York: Oxford University Press, 184 p. ISBN 01-928-5384-8. MUELLER, J. 2007. Theological foundations: concepts and methods for understanding Christian faith. Winona, Minn.: Saint Mary's Press, xi, 418 p. ISBN 978-088-4899-204. MUELLER, J. 1984. What are they saying about theological method? New York: Paulist Press, v, 81 p. ISBN 08-091-2657-5. NICHOLS, Aidan. 1991. The shape of Catholic theology: an introduction to its sources, principles, and history. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 374 p. ISBN 08-146-1909-6. PLANTINGA, Richard J, Thomas R THOMPSON a Matthew D LUNDBERG. 2010. An introduction to Christian theology. New York: Cambridge University Press, xx, 634 p. ISBN 978-052-1690-379. SOKOLOWSKI, Robert. 1995. The God of faith and reason: foundations of Christian theology: with a new preface. Washington: Catholic University of America Press, xvii, 172 p. ISBN 0-8132-0827-0. ZIA, Mark J. 2013. The faith understood: an introduction to Catholic theology. Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road Publishing, 138 p. ISBN 19-371-5598-6.
Recommended literature
  • Duka, D. Úvod do teologie. Praha: Krystal OP, 2001.
  • Kasper, W. Theologie - součást naší doby. Praha: Fokus, Česká Křesťanská akademie, 1994. ISBN 80-85795-09-4.
  • Kim, J. Úvod do teologie. Praha: Ideál, 2000. ISBN 0-901-0172-0.
  • Migliore, D. L. Víra Usilující Rozumět: Úvod Do Křesťanské Teologie.. Jihlava: Mlýn, 2009.
  • Pospíšil, C. V. Hermeneutika mystéria. Struktury myšlení v dogmatické teologii. Karmelitánské nakladatelství Kostelní Vydří, 2005. ISBN 80-7195-001-7.
  • Skalický, K. Současná křesťanská teologie, aneb pokus představit bohovědu přírodovědcům. In. Teologické studie 2/2002. 2002.
  • Slámečka, V. Úvod do teologie. Praha: Vydavatelství ČVUT, 2002. ISBN 80-010-2640-X.
  • Štěch, F. Láska jako srdce teologie. In: Cartias et veritas 1/2011.. České Budějovice: Teologická fakulta Jihočeské univerzity v Českých Budějovicích, 2011.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Theology (2012) Category: Philosophy, theology 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter