Theological Heritages

Faculteit Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap
Jaar 2019/20
Vaknaam Theological Heritages
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Theological Heritages in a (Post) Modern Context: Confessional and Liberal Concepts of Truth
Leerdoelen Students will be able to:
  • Recognize and describe the development of Christian theologies in the context of modernity.
  • Analyze the thoughts of theologians within their historical contexts of liberal and confessional reactions to the challenges of (post)modernity.
  • Critically reflect on the assessment of the theological heritage of understandings of ‘truth’ in the diversity of contemporary theologies.
  • Relate their own (theological) position regarding the understanding of truth-claims to historical positions and contemporary debates
Omschrijving What is truth? Throughout the history of Christianity, theological traditions have understood ‘truth’ in different ways. The traditional understandings of ‘truth’ – both conceptually and with regard to content – are highly contested since early modernity. This contest has been the object of much academic reflection, for instance in the work of Jonathan Israel on the Radical Enlightenment. Some authors, such as Brad Gregory, trace the roots of the crisis in the understanding of ‘truth’ to the Reformation itself. In the 19th century Christian theology developed two responses to this threat. On the one hand, Liberal Theology based its theology on the universal epistemological idea of Schleiermachers Schlechthinniges Abhängigkeitsgefühl, thereby accepting the results of the modern sciences. On the other hand, confessional theology strengthened its own theological truths and challenged atheistic truth claims.
In postmodernism both these approaches are considered troublesome. Universal truth claims have largely been rejected in the collapse of Grand Narratives. The predicted disappearance of religion however has not taken place. This course unit explores how critical thought on the nature of truth became a part of theological heritage, how the discussions and the different results were embraced as markers of the identities of specified groups of others and denounced by others.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm lectures
(Compulsory attendance in accordance with the Teaching & Examination Regulations applies to this module, 80 % attendance is compulsory.)
Toetsvorm exam, paper, participation, presentation(s)
(presentation 30%, paper 70%)
Vaksoort master
Docent(en) W.H. Slob
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Literature will be announced in the course manual
  • Literature and a calculation of the study load will be announced in the course manual
  • Research master students, have a different course code:THRMTHPME5. For these students an extra assignment will be formulated.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Exchange programme: mastermodules 1 semester I a keuzegroep
Ma Programme Religion and Cultural Heritage 1 semester I a keuzegroep
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 2 semester I a keuzegroep
Ma Programme Theology and Religious Studies (Research) 1 semester I a keuzegroep