This course provides you with an orientation on the whole of systematic theology, dogmatic theology (reflection on the content of faith, e.g. the Christian creed) and fundamental theology (reflection on sources and method in theology) in particular. You will learn to distinguish the questions that are asked in various parts of dogmatic theology, and will appropriate the central concepts of fundamental theology. You will explore the methods in systematic theology, and will develop a critical approach of the central themes of faith and theology. You will learn to read, summarize and analyse texts of councils and theologians.|
This course will offer extra attention to the reading of texts of councils and theologians.
This course is in two parts, the first in the area of dogmatic theology, and the second in fundamental theology.|
The first half offers a survey of the various parts of dogmatic theology, such as the doctrine of God, the Trinity, Creation, Eschatology, Church and Sacraments. Attention is given to the approaches that are typical for these various doctrines, to the developments during and after the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), and to the connections between these mysteries of faith.
The second half deals with foundational questions in theology, that is questions that address the principles, sources and method of systematic theology: how to exercise theology? Standing in the Catholic Tradition, listening to the Word of God, in light of the magisterial teaching of the Catholic Church, amidst life in the world and the church of today.
Both parts will underscore that systematic theology is always done in connection to developments in the world and the church(es) and will offer ways of critical evaluation of these developments.
- Thomas P. rausch, I Believe in One God: A Reflection on the Apostles' Creed, Liturgical press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8146-5260-2.
- Jared Wicks, Doing Theology, Paulist Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8091-4564-5.