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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Theology: Sources, Themes, Debates
Module Code TP106
School 59
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Joseph Rivera
Semester 2: Joseph Rivera
Autumn: Joseph Rivera
Module TeachersJoseph Rivera
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to: the complementarity of theology and religious studies; sources and key themes in Christian theology; interfaith theology; and to conversations between theology and politics, culture, science and the arts. In this module, students develop knowledge of key theological concepts and texts. Students develop skills of critical engagement with questions in historical, philosophical and systematic theology. Students are expected to attend and contribute to lectures, and to engage with the recommended texts – including discussion of weekly readings – as they progress through the module

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the purposes and responsibilities of Theology and Religious Studies
2. Describe and interpret the key sources of Theology
3. Critically and sensitively engage with primary sources
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the debates surrounding central theological themes
5. Outline select interfaith dimensions of the sources and themes
6. Discuss key dimensions of the current dialogue between theology and politics, theology and culture, theology and science, and theology and the arts
7. Construct their own arguments in discussion, and present arguments and ideas in written form

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Religion and the contemporary landscape Theology and Religious Studies: approaches to religious faith and practice

Revelation Scripture Tradition Reason Experience

The God Question; Christology; Faith and Reason: theology and philosophy in dialogue Theological Anthropology: Creation, Sin and Redemption

Theology and Politics Theology and Culture Theology and Science Theology and the Arts

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentBook review and written essay to be decided by the lecturer100%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Aquinas, Thomas Summa Theologicae (Benziger Bros. ed: 1947, translated by the Fathers of the English Dominican Province) http://dhspriory.org/thomas/summa/,
  • trans. Mary T. Clark: 1984, Augustine of Hippo Selected Writings,, Paulist Press, New York,
  • Charry, Ellen T., ed.: 2000, Inquiring After God: Classic and Contemporary Readings, Blackwell, Oxford,
  • Ford, David with Ben Quash and Janet Martin Soskice, eds.: 2005, Fields of Faith: Theology and Religious Studies for the Twenty-First Century, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.,
  • Gunton, Colin E.: 1997, The Cambridge Companion to Christian Doctrine, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.,
  • Jeanrond, Werner: 0, Theological Hermeneutics: Development and Significance, Crossroad, New York,
  • Johnson, Elizabeth A: 1992, She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse, Crossroad, New York,
  • Johnston Largen , Kristin: 2013, Finding God Among Our Neighbours: An Interfaith Systematic Theology, Fortress Press, Minneapolis MN,
  • Lane, Dermot.: 2003, The Experience of God: an invitation to do theology, Veritas, Dublin,
  • Niebuhr, H. Richard: 1956, Christ and Culture, HarperCollins, New York,
  • Pelikan, Jaroslav: 1989, The Christian Tradition: A History of the Development of Doctrine, 5 Vols, Chicago University Press, Chicago,
  • Peters, F.E: 1999, Judaism, Christianity and Islam: The Classical Texts and their Interpretation, Princeton University Press, Princeton NJ,
  • Rahner, Karl.: 1986, Karl Rahner in Dialogue: Conversations and Interviews 1965-1982 trans. and ed., H. Biallowons, H.D. Egan, and P. Imhof, Crossroad, New York,
  • Viladesau, Richard R: 2000, Theology and the Arts: Encountering God through Music, Art and Rhetoric, Paulist, Mahwah, NJ,
  • Volf, Miroslav, ed: 2012, Do We Worship the Same God? Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Dialogue, Eerdmans, Grand Rapids,
  • Webster, John, Tanner, Kathryn, Iain Torrance, eds: 2009, The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology, Oxford University Press, Oxford,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BAJHBachelor of Arts (BAJH)
BAJPBachelor of Arts (BAJP)
BREBachelor of Religious Education &English
BRHBachelor of Religious Education &History
BRMBachelor of Religious Education & Music

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