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TITLE Culture, Religion and Theology

LEVEL 04 - Years 4, 5 in Modular UG or PG Cert Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION Pre-requisite: Basic studies in theology or a relevant area of study

In the second half of the 20th century, many prophesied the demise of religion in the face of an increasingly secularized culture. Yet, the present evidence is overwhelmingly to the contrary, for religion is still an important dimension of the life of most of the people on earth, not only on the personal but also on the cultural and political levels. On the other hand, it is equally certain that our understanding and practice of religion in late modern culture is changing rapidly.
This course tries to grapple with these issues from the point of view of the Christian tradition, while understanding evangelization as liberation, dialogue and inculturation.

Reading List:

- COPELSTON F, Nietzsche: The Philosopher of Culture, London 1942.
- ELIADE M. et al, (edd), The Encyclopaedia of Religion, articles on Religion, Sacred and Profane, Ritual, Secularization, Ritual, Holy.
- ELIADE M. - TRACY D., (ed), What is religion? An inquiry for Christian Religion (= Concilium 136), Edinburgh 1980.
- GALLAGHER M., Clashing Symbols: An Introduction to Faith and Culture, London 1997.
- PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR CULTURE - PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUE, Jesus Christ, Bearer of the Water of Life: A Christian Reflection on the 'New Age', Vatican City 2003.
- SCOTT APPLEBY R., The Ambivalence of the Sacred: Religion, Violence and Reconciliation, New York 2000.
- TAYLOR Ch., The Catholic Modernity, New York 2001.
- TAYLOR Ch., The Ethics of Authenticity, London 1991.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 50%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Nadia Delicata

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