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Course module: U40013-M-6
Spirituality and mystagogics
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Course moduleU40013-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Catholic Theology; TST: Prac. Theology/Religious Studies; Practical Theology and Religious Studies;
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M Theology
Contact persondr.drs. W.M. Speelman
dr.drs. W.M. Speelman
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dr.drs. W.M. Speelman
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Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 2
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-Knowledge about mystagogical competence, that pastoral workers should have at their disposal

In the religious community of the Church, the world is not only considered in the perspective of the problematic, but also as a mystery. The mystery does not call for a solution, but for presence and receptibility: that it may enter into a relationship of self-revelation with the human being. Every human will eventually be confronted with the mystery of life; some may be touched by it so deeply, that they will reform their view on the reality as well as on their own identity. As the Church is losing her influence in society, more and more individuals are left alone with their experiences of the mystery of life. A mystagogue can help this individual to relate him- or herself with the mystery of life. The initiation into the mystery is realized by entering into the unique story of this individual person, and how he or she can transform his or her personal experience into a testimony.

Type of instructions
Lectures and seminar

Type of exams
Paper, presentation and study questions

Compulsory Reading
  1. Gabriel Marcel, A Metaphysical Diary, in Idem, Being and Having. Transl. by Katharine Farrer, Univ. of Glasgow, 1949, 9-153, pp. 100-121.
  2. Karl Rahner, Über den Begriff des Geheimnisses in der Katholischen Theologie, in Schriften zur Theologie Bd. IV, Einsiedeln: Benziger, 1960, pp. 51-99. [The Concept of Mystery in Catholic Theology, in Theological Investigations IV, London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1966, pp.36–73]
  3. Martin Buber, Ich und Du. Stuttgart: Reclam, 1995, pp. 1-34 (Ik en Jij, Utrecht: Bijleveld, 1998, pp.  7-43.
  4. Kees Waaijman, Spiritualiteit: Vormen, Grondslagen, Methoden. Kampen: Kok, 2000, p. 424 + 858-881.
  5. Tjeu van Knippenberg, Existentiele zielzorg, Zoetermeer: Meinema, 2005, pp. 17-28 en 69-93.
  6. Annemiek de Jong-van Campen, Mystagogie in werking. Hoe menswording en gemeenschapsvorming gebeuren in christelijke inwijding. Boekencentrum, Zoetermeer, 2009, pp. 49-69.
  7. Tjeu van den Berk, Mystagogie: inwijding in het symbolisch bewustzijn. Zoetermeer: Meinema, 1999, pp. 135-155.
  8. W. M. Speelman, Naar een spirituele methode, in A. van Wieringen (red.), Theologie & Methode. Bergambacht: Uitgeverij 2VM, 2012, pp. 149-172.
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U40013-M-6|Spiritualiteit en mystagogiek
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