Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Revelation and the Faith - Reason Conflict

UM LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DEPARTMENT Fundamental and Dogmatic Theology, including Ecumenism

DESCRIPTION The study-unit explores the interplay between faith and reason in the reception and transmission of revelation. It highlights also the major developments in the understanding of revelation in the history of theology particularly in the 20th century with the Second Vatican Council.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:
1. to justify the claim that Christianity is a revealed religion;
2. to explore the implications of the understanding of revelation for the life of the individual, for the Church and for Theology;
3. to deal with issues implied in the reception and transmission of revelation.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. understanding more deeply the interplay between faith and reason;
2. measure the conditionings of human nature and culture in the so-called process of 'reception' of revelation;
3. grasp the complexities involved in the process of the transmission of revelation by the believing community.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
1. approach critically the objections to belief;
2. evaluate the role of faith and the role of reason in human experience;
3. to explore the openness of faith to culture.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Vatican Council II, Dei Verbum, The Dogmatic Constitution on Revelation.
- John Paul II, Fides et Ration, Encyclical Letter.
- Avery Dulles, Models of Revelation (1983).
- Th. V. Morris (ed), God and the Philosophers. The Reconciliation of Faith and Reason (1994).
- A. Gilman, Faith, Reason and Compassion: A Philosophy of Christian faith (2006).
- Thomas Norris, Only Life gives Life: Revelation, Theology and Christian living according to Cardinal Newman (1996).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-Requisite Study Units - Knowledge of philosophy or related studies


Assessment Component/s Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Oral Examination Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Christopher Caruana


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