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Master in Theology - Year 1

Master 1 in Theology

Credits: 60

Master 1 in Theology

Term : 1 year (can be spread over 2 calendar years)

Degree : civil ("Theology")

Requirement: BA in Religious Studies or BA in Theology (or equivalent)

The Master 1 programme in Theology

offers students the opportunity to consolidate the more general theology studied at BA level.

The longer assignments and interactive seminars also initiate students to academic research.

A time for personal maturation, the adaptation to writing longer assignments, as well as development of bibliographic research and debating skills this Masters’ degree course is particularly suited to those who wish to develop their own thought in a rigorous and academic way.

9 courses to be choosen by the student in accordance with the Director of Studies.

Courses list

Trinity Part I

Trinity Part I

Course Goals:

(1) To present a fundamental theology of the Triune God from a Catholic perspective

(2) To expose students to a number of important classical theological texts and conciliar definitions

(3) To examine a systematic reflection on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity from a Thomistic perspective

(4) To do this in conversation with contemporary debates and controversies.

(5) To require of students a fair degree of textual analysis, and coherent theological argument, in the form of written essays.

Trinity Part II

Trinity Part II

Course Goals:

(1) To examine a systematic reflection on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity from a Thomistic perspective

(2) To introduce a conversation with contemporary debates and controversies.

(3) To require of students a fair degree of textual analysis, and coherent theological argument, in the form of written essays.

The Book of Tobit

The Book of Tobit

The name which designates the book has not always been the same through the centuries. The name « Tobiah » in English or « Tobie » in French comes from the Latin Vulgate which gives the same Latin name, Tobias, to the father and the son. It has been used in the past decades but is generally no longer in use.

The Book of Esther

The Book of Esther

The book of Esther tells the story of... Esther, a young Jewish girl who is among the deportees living in Susa, in Persia. After the dismissal of the former queen Vashti because she disobeyed king Ahasuerus, Esther is chosen and becomes queen of Persia.

The Book of Judith

The Book of Judith

The book of Judith is named after its main hero whose achievements it tells and glorifies. Like the books of Tobit and Esther, the book of Judith focuses on a main character and tells in detail the salvation given by God in a critical situation.

Trinity Part III

Trinity Part III

Course Goals:

(1) To continue to examine a systematic reflection on the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity from a Thomistic perspective

(2) To more seriously flesh out a conversation with contemporary debates and controversies.

(3) To require of students a fair degree of textual analysis, and coherent theological argument, in the form of written essays.

Bioethics 1 : Foundations of Modern Bioethics

Bioethics 1 : Foundations of Modern Bioethics

Legal basis: enforcement of duty on investigators

Philosophical basis: emphasizes principles on which actions are based/justified

Moral basis: Determining which actions are good and allowed or bad and proscribed (in the context of research).

Bioethics II : Informed Consent and Risk Analysis

Bioethics II : Informed Consent and Risk Analysis

Investigators have a duty to ensure subjects give not only informed, but voluntary consent?

Bioethics III: Clinical Ethics & Legal Implications

Bioethics III: Clinical Ethics & Legal Implications

Concerned with restoring and strengthening bonds between professionals, patients and families, not simply dealing with principles like bioethics.
Uses cases and relies on the clinician-patient relationships/encounters in contributing to research on ethical issues

Jacques Dupuis' Theology of Religions

Jacques Dupuis' Theology of Religions

In order to have a better understanding of Dupuis’ viewpoints, the study will put side-by-side Dupuis’ ideas and those of pluralism, exclusivism and inclusivism. For this reason, the three approaches to the theology of religions will be briefly discussed. Likewise, the study also briefly presents the understanding of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) concerning the issues raised.

Gerald O'Collins' Understanding of Symbols, Experience and Divine Revelation

Gerald O'Collins' Understanding of Symbols, Experience and Divine Revelation

Considering that the divine revelation always takes place in the form of symbols and within human experience, I also study O’Collins’ understanding of symbols and experience, and their relationship with the divine revelation.

How can we access the reality of revelation when both symbols and experience are historically, socially,and religiously conditioned and limited? What is the role of symbols in both the communication of the divine revelation by God and its experience by human beings?

Missionary organization in Latin America

Missionary organization in Latin America
Tthe problem, which will underline our entire work is the contact between Spanish discoverers, missionaries, and indigenous people. Our accent will be put more emphatically on the attitude of the Church faced with the real needs of the Indians, on the one hand, and with the ruthless behavior of the Conquistadores on the other hand.

Church History. Part III

Church History. Part III

African Church History.

We will not engage on a history of the missionary movement in Africa but rather on a history of indigenous forms of Christianity – that is to say the forms of life inspired by Christianity that were accepted, adapted and spread by Africans.

Thomas Aquinas and Muslim Tradition

Thomas Aquinas and Muslim Tradition

Thomas never refers to Muslims by their name. Given that, as was already stated, Islam in Mediaeval times was not considered as another religion different from Christianity, but rather as a heresy or some aberrant form of the Christian faith...

Synoptic Gospels - Part II. Reading the Synoptic Gospels

Synoptic Gospels - Part II. Reading the Synoptic Gospels

Inter omnes divinas auctoritates, quae sanctis Litteris continentur,
Evangelium merito excellit.

Augustine, De consenu evangelistaren (I. 1.1)

Synoptic Gospels - Part III. Mysteries of the Life of Christ

Synoptic Gospels - Part III. Mysteries of the Life of Christ

Inter omnes divinas auctoritates, quae sanctis Litteris continentur,
Evangelium merito excellit.

Augustine, De consenu evangelistaren (I. 1.1)

Philosophy of Religion 1rst part

Philosophy of Religion 1rst part

Philosophy of religion is also known as philosophical theology or philosophy of God. Other names include natural theology and theodicy.

The validation of the course is done at the end of the second part

Philosophy of Religion 2nd part

Philosophy of Religion 2nd part

Philosophy of religion is also known as philosophical theology or philosophy of God. Other names include natural theology and theodicy.

SEM31 - The Trinitarian Theology of St Thomas Aquinas

SEM31 - The Trinitarian Theology of St Thomas Aquinas

This eight-week seminar will investigate some key elements of the Trinitarian theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. We will explore the mystery of the Trinity through several fundamental texts of the scholastic tradition.
 

Dominican History. Part 3 : The Foundation of the Order of Preachers 1215-1217

Dominican History. Part 3 : The Foundation of the Order of Preachers 1215-1217

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1215 marks an important new stage in the history of Prouilhe and the beginnings of the Order of Preachers. In order that he might have some ecclesiastical status in the diocese of Toulouse, Bishop Foulque appointed Dominic as parish priest at Fanjeaux in 1214.

The Origins of the Quran I

The Origins of the Quran I

This course introduces to the history of the text of the Quran, to its language and style, and to the traditional "Qur'anic sciences".

The Origins of the Quran II

The Origins of the Quran II

This course introduces to the history of the text of the Quran, to its language and style, and to the traditional "Qur'anic sciences".

Thomas Aquinas Studies

Thomas Aquinas Studies

A specialised course in Thomistic issues by fr. Gilles Emery, OP,  a leading specialist in this discipline !

For MA students only

Christology, part Three

Christology, part Three

We have considered christologies in the New Testament, and in the early Church, as well as that of Thomas Aquinas as representative of the Middle Ages. How best to hand on the good news of who Jesus is gets re-thought throughout the centuries, always grounded in the previous Tradtion, but also respectful of new challenges. So in the twentieth century, thinking about Jesusfinds new contexts: Asia, Africa, Latin America, within feminist thought, within the context of religious pluralism. Christology, as all theology, confronts the challenge of inculturation. We present only a few efforts to think about Christology in these new contexts.

Liturgy Part One

Liturgy Part One

The course provides the theological and historical foundations for understanding the evolution of Christian liturgical forms, and pastoral practice. The course will examine the major moments in the historical development of the liturgy in both East and West from the New Testament era with its Jewish foundations to the present.

Liturgy Part Two

Liturgy Part Two

The course will examine the major moments in the historical development of the liturgy in both East and West from the New Testament era with its Jewish foundations to the present. Attention will be given to the role of ritual and symbol in human life, the relationship of liturgy to society and culture, and critical approaches to liturgical practice.

Methods in Ecumenical Dialogue

Methods in Ecumenical Dialogue

Ecumenical dialogue requires a methodology to move from disagreement to consensus. The aim of this methodology is to allow participants to avoid the pitfalls of terminological confusion and to understand how to move from initial convergence to practical agreements. Ecumenical methods also include the understanding of ecumenical guidelines and the ‘art’ of drafting joint statements. This is a multi-disciplinary course whose objective is to provide practical and innovative perspectives for all those interested in ecumenical progress, both locally and through formal institutional mechanisms.

Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics

Ecumenical Biblical Hermeneutics

This course allows students to explore the Eastern Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant understandings, interpretations and uses of Scripture. The course introduces students to several contextual and traditional practices of hermeneutics in biblical studies. They will learn to read the Bible from various perspectives by engaging in a series of exegetical exercises and developing an exegetical study of selected biblical texts. Participants will also have an opportunity to explore the use of the Bible in pastoral setting: namely, how various approaches and readings impact social and ethical life of believing communities.

History of the Ecumenical Movement

History of the Ecumenical Movement


Like all movements, ecumenism had its beginnings and thus it has a history to be studied. History helps us to see the evolution and growth of The ecumenical movement in seeking to recover the apostolic sense of the early church for unity in diversity while it confronts the frustrations, difficulties, and ironies of the modern pluralistic world. It is a lively reassessment of the historical sources and destiny of what followers perceive to be the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church of Jesus Christ.

Opposition to ecumenism

Opposition to ecumenism

While the ecumenical movement can be regarded as something that has made great strides to bridge the divides that have existed between Christians, it is undeniable that this movement still meets great opposition from many Christians today. This opposition has come from those within the Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions respectively, and each seem to have their own unique justifications for their unfavorable views of modern ecumenism.

Ecumenical Theology

Ecumenical Theology

As reasoned discourse about God ecumenical theology is focussing on God’s will for unity among Christians. In brief words we can even say: Ecumenical theology is theological reflection on the unity of the Church as it is willed by God. And as a way of reflection of the Christian faith on its own nature, ecumenical theology is dealing with the different theologies being in dialogue with one another in the ecumenical movement. Ecumenical theology tries to bring these different theologies into a dialogue.

Introduction to Catholic Tradition

Introduction to Catholic Tradition

This course gives a survey on the Catholic tradition by examining a series of documents like Lumen Gentium and other documents of Vatican II to show that the Catholic Church does not possess one rite only, but that she embraces all the ancient rites of Christendom and thus her unity consists not in a mechanical uniformity of all her parts, but on the contrary, in their variety, according in one principle and vivified by it. The readings of the documents enable to see the Church’s intent to move always in the direction of unity.

Eastern Church history and cultural landmarks

Eastern Church history and cultural landmarks

This course will look at some issues of theological controversy between East and West (e.g. Filioque) and some areas of doctrine and practice traditionally distinctive of Eastern Christianity (e.g. theology of the icon), as well as areas of theology and church life that show especial vitality today. Through a variety of readings, including some patristic and liturgical texts, it will try to convey the connections between spiritual life and worship, theology, and the response of the Church to the world.

New Testament Events

New Testament Events

This course is part of the book,
Mahieu, Bieke. Between Rome and Jerusalem. Herod the Great and His Sons in Their Struggle for Recognition: A Chronological Investigation of the Period 40 BC-39 AD, with a Time Setting of New Testament Events. Orientalia Lovaniensia Analecta 208. Leuven: Peeters, 2012.
 

Issues in Genomic Research

Issues in Genomic Research

This course will explore some of the ethical and social issues in genomic research; Specific emphasis will be placed on incidental findings, as well as how to manage such findings/information when they arise within genomic research.

Divine Impassibility

Divine Impassibility

Divine Impassibility: A Thomistic Critique of Jürgen Moltmann’s Staurocentric Trinitarianism

Classical Christian doctrine has always affirmed divine impassibility, that is, God, in his divine nature, does not suffer. However, this doctrine has been subjected to criticism by some modern passibilist theologians. The thoughts of Saint Thomas Aquinas offer us insights in responding to such passibilist theologians, for divine compassion is grounded on divine impassibility.
 

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics I

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics I

To show the implications of normative theories for specific moral issues or contemporary debates on particular ethical issues.

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics II

Contemporary Issues in Bioethics II

To show the implications of normative theories for specific moral issues or contemporary debates on particular ethical issues.

Newman's Theory of Doctrinal Development

Newman's Theory of Doctrinal Development

Application of the Newmanian Criteriology on the Axiom Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus

Synoptic Gospels 1

Synoptic Gospels 1


Inter omnes divinas auctoritates, quae sanctis Litteris continentur, Evangelium merito excellit.

Augustine, De consenu evangelistaren (I. 1.1)
 

The New Testament as Jewish Literature

The New Testament as Jewish Literature

We propose to define each term of the title, in order to understand the cultural background that was the matrix of Christianity.

 

Bible seminar from April 9 to June 3, 2018