Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE The Mystery of Christ

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, including Ecumenism

DESCRIPTION The study-unit presents basic concepts related to the mystery of Christ and the economy of salvation. After having presented the human as a transcendent essence, an exploration in the possible paths to God shall be examined. The focus of the unit is placed on the human sinfulness and the need for salvation; God's revelation in Holy Scripture (its fulfilment in Christ) as well as the role of the Church in the economy of salvation.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To assist students in understanding Christian revelation and theology and its relation to the philosophy and phenomenon of religion.
- To familiarize students with the key elements of the Christian faith.
- To pass on the essential knowledge to students to help them clarify their basic life situations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Interpret the subject and understand interrelated theological disciplines.
- Analyse basic theological concepts (the mystery of Christ, the history of salvation, human being, freedom, transcendence, analogy).
- Evaluate potential philosophical and religious paths to God.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Speak of the uniqueness and universality of God's revelation in Jesus Christ.
- Reflect on God and comprehend the human endeavor and the need for salvation.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

Eminyan, Maurice, The mystery of salvation : a theological study of its biblical, historical, social and existential aspects. Valletta (Malta) : Malta University Press, 1973.

Pasquale, Gianluigi, The history of salvation : for a word of salvation in history, Sankt Augustin : Academia Verlag, 2009.

Supplementary Readings:

Rahner, Karl, Foundations of Christian faith : an introduction to the idea of Christianity. New York : Crossroad Publishing Company, 1978.

Ratzinger, Joseph, Principles of catholic theology : building stones for a fundamental theology, San Francisco : Ignatius Press, 1989.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualification: Basic knowledge of Theology


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Mark Joseph Zammit

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