FACULTY OF THEOLOGY
A. Degree of Bachelor of Theology
Duration: The Course leading to the Degree of Bachelor of Theology extends over seven semesters.
Eligibility: For admission to the course leading to the degree of Bachelor of Theology, a candidate should have completed successfully at least a two year course in Philosophy. The applicant should be presented by the Rector or the Superior of the house in which he is resident. Lay persons attending the course are presented by their parish priest.
B.Th. Degree Course
To be eligible for degree course, students should obtain 60% marks in the aggregate of the subjects of the first and second year theology examinations.
A written dissertation on a theological theme with a minimum of 6000 words directed by one of the teachers of the Faculty should be submitted by each student during the sixth semester.
At the end of the course there will be comprehensive examinations both written and oral in the subject of Holy Scripture, Systematic Theology and Moral Theology. 50% marks are necessary for a pass in each of the comprehensive examinations.
Basic Course in Theology
The basic course in Theology coincides with the three and a half years of the first cycle of the Faculty. Basic Course students are exempted from Seminar II. However, they are to have some knowledge of the biblical languages. They have to write also a dissertation on a theological theme with a minimum of 3500 words directed by one of the teachers of the Faculty and submit it during the sixth semester. In order to secure a pass in the basic course a student should obtain 40% marks in individual subjects and 40% mark in final comprehensive examinations. Basic Course students who successfully complete the prescribed course in Theology may receive Diploma in Theology.
Calendar & Directory
Degree Certificate and Mark List
Programme of Studies
The programme of study comprises Lecture Courses, Seminars, Electives and Dissertation. The Courses are divided into the following branches of Theology: Sacred Scripture, Fundamental and Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, Patrology, Church History, Liturgy, Spiritual Theology, Pastoral Theology, Canon Law and Optional Subjects.
|God of Salvation & Trinity||4||Karakunnel G.||R.B. Gregory|
|Revelation & Faith||3||Pulickal S.||R. Christudas|
|Pentateuch||3||Anaparambil J.||Kaithakottil J.|
|New Testament Background||2||Mulloor J.||Puthenpurackal C.|
|Hermeneutics I||2||Pamplany J.||Prasad J.|
|Church History Ancient||2||Ambadan R.||Marottikaparambil F.|
|Introduction to Theology||2||Panjirakaran S.||R.B. Gregory|
|Liturgy||2||Nariculam A.||Rajadas G.|
|Catechetics||2||Alathara S.||Kundukulam V.|
|Biblical Greek||2||Puthenpurackal C.|
|Methodology &||1||Nariculam A.|
|Research Paper||1||Prasad J.|
|Christology||4||Panjikaran S.||Puthenpurackal C.|
|Fundamental Moral Theology||4||Julian B.||Mynatty H.|
|Synoptic Problem & Mark||3||Maleparambil J.||Naluparayil J.|
|Patristics||3||Ambadan R.||Kadeparambil A.|
|Church History Medieval||2||Marottikaparambil F.||Ambadan R.|
|Canon Law||2||Vattapalam M.||Jerman S.|
|Indian Church History||2||Ambadan R.||Marottikaparambil F.|
|Biblical Hebrew||2||Pamplany J.||Anaparambil J.|
|Homiletics||2||Kizhakkayil J.||R.B. Gregory|
|Mariology||1||Mundolickal P.||Panakal J.|
|St. Paul||4||Mulloor J.||Nalpathilchira J.; Prasad J.|
|Bio Ethics||4||Kallely A.||Julian B.|
|Social Ethics||3||Illathuparampil M.||Arakkal J.|
|Priestly Spirituality & Celibacy||3||Keeranpara F.||Puthenveettil A.|
|Prophets I||3||Thondiparambil J.||Anaparambil J.|
|Church History Modern||2||Ambadan R.||Marottikaparambil F.|
|Gospel of Matthew||2||Achandy Johnson||Puthenpurackal C.|
|Seminar I||2||Cheruparambil T.||Puthenveettil A.|
|Kochupurackal M.||Rajadas G.|
|Modern Trends in Theology||2||Kochurani A.||Kadeparampil A.|
|Kuriedath J.||Paravila F.|
|Theological Anthropology||4||Kundukulam V.||R.B. Gregory|
|Johannine Writings||4||Kurianal J.||Prasad J.|
|Ecclesiology||4||R.B. Gregory||Pinheiro D.|
|Grace & Pneumatology||3||Keeranpara F.||Kadeparambil A.|
|Canon Law||3||Thoompunkal J.||Jerman S.|
|Church History Contemporary||2||Ambadan R.||Marottikaparambil F.|
|Liturgy||2||Sr. Grace SABS||Rajadas G.|
|Psalms||2||Kaithakkottil J.||Mayyattil J.|
|Letter to the Hebrews||1||Maleparambil J.|
|Electives I||2||Anaparambil J.|
|Sacrament of Reconciliation||3||Illathuparampil M.||Julian B.|
|Prophets II||3||Thondiparambil J.||Anaparambil J.|
|Luke - Acts||3||Maleparampil J.||Thayil P.|
|Eschatology||2||Panjikaran S.||Raynold B.|
|Theology of Religions||2||Kundukulam V.||R. B. Gregory|
|Canon Law||2||Vattapalam M.||Jerman S.|
|Captivity Letters||2||Maleparambil J.||Prasad J.|
|Communication||1||Alappatt B.||Nicholas J.|
|Christian Art||1||Menacherry G.||Thoppil A.|
|Oriental Theology||2||Nariculam A.|
|Seminar II||2||Karakunnel G.||Mundolickal P.|
|Wisdom||3||Thondiparambil J.||Mathirappilly S.|
|Liturgy||3||Embrayil S.||Rajadas G.|
|Clinical Psychology||3||Sr. Ruby||Madan P.|
|Sacraments in General||3||Pulickal S.||R. Christudas|
|Sacraments in Particular||2||Pulickal S.||Pinheiro D.|
|Special Questions in Moral Theology||2||Mynatty H.||Julian B.|
|Social Teachings||2||Illathuparampil M.||Charles L.|
|Missiology||2||Sr. Ancil||Puthenveettil A.|
|Electives I||2||Nalpathilchira J.||Rajadas G.|
|Hermeneutics II||1||Prasad J.|
|History of Religions||1||Kundukulam V.||R.B. Gregory|
|Book of Revelation||1||Prasad J.|
|Pastoral Counselling||4||Karedan J.||Variath V.|
|Marriage-Sexuality||3||Mynatty H.||Julian B.|
|Eucharist||3||Erambil J.||Pulickal S.|
|Liturgy||3||Kannampuzha P.||Thoppil A.|
|Marriage Canon Law||2||Kochupurackal M.||Jerman S.|
|Canon Law||2||Thoompunkal J.||Jerman S.|
|Pastoral Theology||2||Oliapuram G.||Puthenveettil A.|
|Electives II||2||Kaithakottil J.||R. Christudas|
|Mulloor J.||R.B. Gregory|
|Electives III||2||Kundukulam V.||Alappatt B.|
Seminars and Electives
|Seminar 1 : II Year for all|
|Spirituality of the Diocesan Priests||Cheruparambil T.|
|Inter Ecclesial Questions in CCEO & CIC||Kochupurackal M.|
|Mission Documents||Puthenveettil A.|
|Liturgical Documents||Rajadas G.|
|Seminar 2 : III Year for B.Th.|
|Church and the World||Karakunnel|
|Human Qualities of Jesus, the Good Pastor||Mundolickal P.|
|Elective 1 : III Year for all|
|Parables of Jesus||Nalpathilchira J.|
|Pastoral Theology of the Migrants||Christudas R.|
|Elective 2 : III Year for all|
|Theology of Inculturation||Christudas R.|
|Pastoral Liturgy||Rajdas G.|
|Elective 3 : IV Year for all|
|Kingdom of God: Jesus’ vision of new society||Kaithakottil J.|
|Biblical & Pastoral Reading of Socio-Political Issues Today||Mulloor J.|
|Theology of the Laity||Christudas R.|
|Lay Ministries in the Church||R.B. Gregory|
|Role of Laity in the Patristic Age||Valungal A.|
|Elective 4 : IV Year for all|
|Pastoral Animation||Kundukulam V.|
|Audio Visual Communication||Alappatt B.|
|Youth Ministry||Puthuva J.|
|Legal Awareness in view of Pastoral Ministry||Ambat A.|
Biblical Theology (BT)
BT 1. Inspiration and Hermeneutics (2)
The course consists of the following points: Definition of terms: inspiration and hermeneutics, Bible as the Word of God in human language, the truthfulness of the Bible as a result of the inspiration; canon of the Bible and the main criteria in establishing the canon; methods and approaches to biblical interpretation and Bible in the life of the Church.
Pamplany J./Prasad J.
BT 2. Pentateuch (3)
This course is a detailed introduction to the first five books of the Bible. After discussing briefly the Pentateuchal problem and the present position of the pentateuchal scholarship, the primeval history (Gen. Chs. 1-11), the Abraham stories (Gen. Chs. 12-25), the story of Isaac (Gen. Ch.26), the Jacob stories (Gen. Chs. 27-36) and the Joseph stories (Gen. Chs. 37-50) are analyzed. Further, the exodus event, the ten plagues, the Sinai covenant, the legal corporal of the O.T. such as the Decalogue (Ex. 20:2-17; Deut. 5:6-21), the code of the covenent (Ex.20:22-23:19), the ritual Decalogue (Ex.34:14-26), the Deutronomic code (Deut.chs. 12-26) holiness code (Lev. Chs. 17-26), the apodictic and casuistic laws of the O.T. are given detailed consideration.
Anaparambil J./Kaithakottil J.
BT 3. Prophets I (3)
The course on Prophets has two parts. Prophets I is a general introduction to the prophetical writings. The origin of the phenomenon of prophecy in Israel. The characteristics of Nabiim. The formation of prophetical books and the leading literary categories. The various divisions and classifications of the prophetical books. Elijah, the prophet of Yahweh. The study of the pre exile prophets, Amos, Hosea and Micha .
Anaparambil J./Thondiparambil J.
BT 4. Prophets II (3)
Prophets II studies Proto, Duetro and Trioto Isaiah; Jeremiah and Ezechiel. It will also have a general study of the remaining prophets. The course includes the study of Jesus the prophet. The prophetical mission of the Church and the prophetical dimensions of priestly and religious lives also are dealt with.
Anaparambil J./Thondiparambil J.
BT 5. Psalms (2)
This course offers a basic introduction to the book of psalms and Hebrew poetry. A few individual psalms shall also be analysed and studied from literary and canonical perspectives. In addition, the students shall be introduced to the main theological emphases of the book of psalms as well as to the canonical meaning and significance of the book.
Mayyattil J./Kaithakottil J.
BT 6. The Wisdom Literature (3)
The course aims at acquiring an overall grasp of the background, development, the literary types and message of the sapiential literature of the Old Testament. The course has two parts. The first part is a general introduction to the Wisdom literature. In the second part selected texts from theWisdom Literature will be studied.
Mathirappilly S./Thondiparambil J.
BT 7. New Testament Background (2)
Just as any other literary piece, the Biblical text too is a product of its times. In addition to the dominant and decisive influence of the Judaic world, the Greco-Roman world has inserted its influence on the NT writings. After a short discussion of the geographical and historical settings of the NT, special attention will be paid to the Socio-cultural, linguistic, philosophical and religious background, in which the NT writings had their origin. The situation of the primitive Christian community whom the books were primarily intended also come into our purview.
Mulloor J./Puthenpurackal C.
BT 8. Introduction to Synoptics and Mark (3)
The study of any one of the first three Gospels has to address the problem of the overwhelming similarity and dissimilarity with other two. A detailed discussion of this and other related problems as well as an evaluation of the proposed solution to the theme form the first part of this course. The Gospel of Mark, assumed in many of the solutions to be the first among the Synoptics, gets the major attention in the next. After the discussion of introductory questions like author, place and time of compositor, etc., the literary and theological structure of the Gospel will be mentioned. Following the outline, the individual units or groups of units will be analysed and interpreted
Naluparayil J./Puthenpurackal C.
BT 9. The Gospel of Matthew (2)
The expectation of the course is to introduce one into an experience of the various dimensions of the person, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God according to the Gospel of Matthew. The text of the Gospel of Matthew is read from various perspectives. A preliminary consideration consists of the study on the authorship, date and place of writing, purpose and the main characteristics of the Gospel of Matthew and of the community to which the evangelist wrote this Gospel. This will be followed by a study of the structure and main theological concerns of the Gospel of Matthew. Texts like the infancy narrative, baptism and temptation of Jesus, Sermon on the Mount, missionary discourse, parables and miracles in Matthew, the account of Last Supper, the account of passion, death and resurrection of Jesus are studied in detail especially from the point of view of its impact as a life transforming experience.
Puthenpurackal C./Achandy J.
BT 10. Luke - Acts(3)
The course aims at studying the Gospel of Luke from different angles. Our study starts with an enquiry about the author, date and place of writing, the main characteristics of the Gospel and the community to which this Gospel is written, followed by a discussion on the structure and main theological concerns of the Gospel. Then a close reading of Gospel is done with special attention to the infancy narrative, ministry in Galilee, journey to Jerusalem, parables in Luke and the account of passion, death, resurrection and the command of Jesus for a universal mission. The interpretation of the texts is done with special attention to their practical implications in the society today.
Maleparambil J./Thayil P.
BT 11. The Johannine Literature (4)
This course consists of the study of the Gospel of John and the three Letters of John. A first reading of the Gospel will include introductory questions, such as the literary character, the authorship, the religious and the socio-cultural background of the Gospel, and the Johannine community in which the Gospel took shape. A second reading will involve an exegetical analysis of the Gospel, especially the Prologue, the dialogues, the discourses and the semeia of the book of Signs, and the farewell talks and the passion narrative of the book of Glory. Such a reading coupled with hermeneutical reflection will try to elicit the theology of the Fourth Gospel.
Kurianal J./Prasad J.
BT 12. Pauline Letters (4)
The introductory part of the course will consist of the following: (a). a brief look into the life and person of Paul; (b) the presentation of Paul as the creator of the apostolic letter writing praxis; (c) the rhetorical character, and the format of Pauline Letters; (d) a classification of the Letters of Paul on the basis of authenticity, date and content. In the selections of passages from the undisputed Letters special emphasis will be given to biblical theological and hermeneutical problems arising out of the Letters, I Thessalonians, Romans, Galatians and 1 and 2 Corinthians.
Mulloor J./Nalpathilchira/Prasad J.
BT 13. Captivity Letters (2)
The “Captivity Letters of Paul,” viz., the letters of Philippians, Philemon, Colossians and Ephesians, are named thus because Paul’s imprisonment is mentioned in them. Philippians and Philemon undoubtedly come from Paul’s own hand. The authenticity of Colossians and Ephesians is, however disputed. After treating such introductory questions the course will take into account the vision of Christ, of his Body the Church, of the mystery of God hidden for ages and now revealed, and of the consequent way of life to be led by Christians.
Maleparambil J./Prasad J.
BT 14. Letter to Hebrews (1)
This course contains the following points: A primary study is on the title, author, date of composition, literary genre, purpose and Sitz im Leben of Hebrews. This will be followed by a study of the literary structure of the book. Main argument of this book ‘the priesthood of Jesus the High Priest’ and other theological themes like faith, suffering and hope, charity and holiness etc. are studied in detail. A reflection is also envisaged on the relevance of priesthood in the society today and on the originality of the Christology of Hebrews.
BT 15. The Book of Revelation (1)
The Book of Revelation will be introduced in the perspective of the Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature of the period. After looking into the literary character, the authorship and the date of the book, selected texts will be taken up for exegetical study to elicit the message of the book. The close reading will show how the author tried to interpret and evaluate the happenings of his time in relation to the Church and how he tried to instill faith and hope in his readers, especially in moments of crisis and suffering, on the basis of the firm conviction of victory of Christ at the end, as God has the last word in history.
Systematic Theology (ST)
ST 1. Introduction to Theology (2)
The course is intended to guide the students into theological studies. This is carried out in four phases. The students will be introduced to theological terms in the initial phases along with the explanation of various definitions and divisions of theology. The historical development of theology is treated in the second phase. The Second Vatican Council Documents will be introduced in the third phase along with their theological orientations. The present day theological trends – both western and Indian – are introduced in the final phase.
R.B. Gregory/Panjikaran S.
ST 2. Revelation and Faith (3)
Revelation is the fundamental concept of theological reflection. Biblical understanding of cosmic (natural) and historical revelations, and their mutual relationship. The theology of revelation in the Patristic and scholastic traditions. Vatican I and Vatican II on revelation, contrast and comparison. Philosophical challenges to the Christian understanding of revelation. Revelation and world religions. Faith as a response to God who reveals. Problems and challenges to faith. Biblical understanding of faith. Justification by Faith. Trent and Reformation. Faith and Salvation. The certitude and darkness of faith. The Hindu and Islamic understanding of revelation and faith.
R. Christudas/Pulickal S.
ST 3. God of Salvation & Trinity (4)
This course begins with a preliminary investigation on reason and faith which leads to an understanding of different forms of theism and atheism. In the context of the one, personal God revealed in the Old Testament the different names of God and his attributes are discussed. The development of the doctrine of the Trinity is brought out going into the patristic sources and early Councils. The course also looks at the Trinity from a pastoral point of view. Christian spirituality should be rooted in the Trinity, which invites all to a life of mutual love, sharing and unity. The Indian concepts of God seen as Sat – Cit – Ananda enrich the Christian understanding of the Trinity.
Karakunnel G./R.B. Gregory
ST 4. Christology (4)
This course is a systematic reflection on the person and work of Jesus Christ. It attempts to find out the New Testament affirmations on Christ and the traditional Christological formulations. It will study the theological meaning of the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. An attempt would be made to interpret the meaning and relevance of Jesus Christ in the Indian context.
Panjikaran S./Puthenpurackal C.
ST 5. Ecclesiology (4)
This study will investigate the biblical, patristic and the subsequent development in the understanding of the Church throughout the centuries. Second Vatican Council changed the focus of understanding the Church from ecclesio-centrism to Christo-centrism, from Church as society to church as communion, pattered after the Trinitarian community, from pyramidal to communion model. The challenges and issues the Church faces in the new millennium, will be looked at from the perspective of Church’s prophetic role in the world. A contextualized ecclesiology will also be attempted as the Church finds herself as the sacrament of Christ, in the pluri-cultural pluri-religious and poverty stricken and exploited situation of India.
Karakunnel G./R.B. Gregory
ST 6. Grace and Pneumatology (3)
Part One: Development of a catholic theology of grace:- Scriptural and Patristic teachings on grace. St. Thomas and the Scholastic classification of grace. Lutheran teachings and the response of the Council of Trent. Medieval theologians on grace and justification. New interpretation of the notion of grace by K. Rahner and L. Boff. Part Two: Grace as the indwelling presence of the Holy Trinity:- The immanence of the Risen Christ in us and our special union with him as taught by Paul and John. The indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and the gift of divine life and divine sonship. The spiritual gifts and charisms.
Keeranpara F./Kadeparambil A.
ST 7. Mariology (1)
This course seeks to reflect on Mary, the archetype of the Church. The role of Mary in the salvation history will be explored. It will also study the important Marian dogmas and other important mariological issues such as marian devotions and apparitions.
Mundolickal P./Panakal J.
ST 8. Sacraments in General (3)
This course offers an understanding of the sacraments in their biblical, liturgical, historical, ecumenical, personal and communal dimensions. The students are invited to reflect deeply on the basic fact that the Church lives through the sacraments. The method used is historico-theological. The main themes: the term “sacrament” - Sacraments in all Religions - Theological Preconditions for Sacramental Theology – Beginning of Christian Sacraments – Development of Christian Sacraments - Twentieth century Developments – Sacramental Causality – Effects of the Sacraments – Institution of the Sacraments – Sacraments as Liturgical Acts and finally Active Christians as living Sacraments.
R. Christudas/Pulickal S.
ST 9. Sacraments in Particular (2 )
This study intends to offer the theology of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders. Baptism: Symbolism of Water – Historical Antecedents to Christian Baptism – New Testament Insights into Baptism – Baptism in the Judeo-Christian Writings – Effects of Baptism – Infant Baptism – Baptism and Original Sin. Confirmation: Uneasiness about Confirmation – Biblical Foundations – Development of Confirmation as a Separate Sacrament-Theology of Confirmation. Anointing of the Sick: Biblical Foundations – History of Anointing and Healing in the Church – Theology of Anointing of the Sick. Holy Orders: The Origins of Office in the Church – The Development of Teaching about the Sacrament of Orders - Bishop, Priest, Deacons .
Pinheiro D./Pulickal S.
ST 10. Eucharist (3)
The purpose of this course is to present before the students the glory and power of the sacrament of Eucharist. The course is offered in 11 main areas regarding this subject: Foreshadowing of the Eucharist in the Old Testament and in Jewish Tradition – Eucharist in the Gospels – Pauline Theology of the Eucharist – The form of the Primitive Eucharist – The Medieval Eucharistic Theology – Development of Eucharistic Theology in Modern Age - The Trinitarian Aspect of the Eucharist – The Ecclesial Dimension of the Eucharist and finally the Eschatological Dimension of the Eucharist. Understanding the real meaning of Eucharist will enable the students to participate actively in this mystery and work for the formation of one body called the Mystical body of Christ.
Erambil J./Pulickal S.
ST 11. Sacrament of Reconciliation (3)
The main objective of this course to explain clearly the distinctive elements of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and create in the minds of students a thirst for regaining the lost vigor of this sacrament and celebrate it meaningfully. Our study begins with a review of the present situation of the administration of this sacrament and it points out the reasons for the common disinterest and lag in the celebration of the sacrament. It calls for an exploration of the notion of sin. The loss of the sense of the sin, which has become one of the characteristics of modern society demands convincing answers with regards to the role of the Church. One may find out different forms and various traditions: Canonical penance, Tariff penance and private penance, each with its merits and demerits. After acquiring balanced view of tradition and theology, we shall deal with the quasi matter and material integrity of this sacrament. The role of the minister of confession is discussed in detail
Julian B./Illathuparampil M.
ST 12. Theological Anthropology (4)
This course will reflect upon the totality of human reality with special reference to creation, original sin, body, woman, work and leisure from the perspective of social sciences, Christian revelation and teachings of the Church. Students are iinitiated to the methodology of theologizing from and for various contexts. It also deals with the question of supernatural like angels and devils.
Kundukulam V./R.B. Gregory
ST 13. Missiology (2)
This course intends to offer a vision of Missiology in general, the biblical, theological, canonical and historical dimensions of mission and its relevance in today’s world. It also deals with the mission of the Church in India and its challenges.
Sr. Ancil SABS/ Puthenveettil A.
ST 14. Theology and History of Religions (3)
This course deals with Islam, Sikhism and Zoroastrianism in general and the Catholic theology of other religions in particular. We examine the universalism and particularism inherent in biblical and patristic texts. The students are also introduced to the various schools of thought – ecclesiocentrism, christocentrism, theocentrism, soteriocentrism and pneumatocentrism – developed in the Theology of Religions and are educated to evaluate them in the light of Church documents to form a sound attitude towards other religions. It also speaks about the singularity of the Church and the conditions for a fruitful dialogue.
Kundukulam V./R.B. Gregory
ST 15. Ecumenism (1)
The course on Ecumenism deals with the theology of the unity of the Church, the divisions, Reunion attempts, the origin and development of Ecumenism, various ecumenical movements, the ecumenical activities of the Catholic Church, the various documents of Catholic Church on Ecumenism and the difficulties and problems of Ecumenism
Marottikaparambil F./Cheruparambil T.
ST 16. Eschatology (2)
Christian Eschatology is the explanation of Christian hope that is founded on the promises of God made through Jesus Christ. This course envisages explaining the Christian hope of man regarding the final goal of man and of the universe. The hope of the second coming of Christ, Resurrection of the dead, the personal and general judgment, the meaning of the mystery of death, purification after death, the scope of eternal death and eternal life are the main issues discussed. The hope of the fullness of life in non- Christian traditions is considered.
Panjikaran S./Pinheiro D.
ST 17. Oriental Theology (2)
The course on Oriental Theology is intended to impart an overall knowledge on the various Oriental Churches. It deals with origin and history of Oriental Churches, the theological differences between the West and the East. It treats about the ecclesiology, Christology, Sacramental theology, Spiritual theology etc. of the Oriental Churches. The documents of the Catholic Church on Oriental Churches are also dealt with.
ST. 18. Modern Trends in Systematic Theology (2)
Topics like Dalit Theology, Feminism, Liberation Theology and Mysticism are treated in this course.
Feminist theology addresses the theological problematic of the exclusive male imagery of God and the patriarchal inscriptions on Christology, Mariology, Ecclesiology, Spirituality and other theological issues, from a feminist perspective. From a hermeneutical angle it questions the androcentrism in the Bible and advocates a feminist re-reading of the Bible. It is based on women’s experience of marginalization, it advocates an inclusive vision of theology and praxis that is liberative and life promoting for the marginalized sections of humanity and for the entire creation.
Crosscurrents in Theology and Sociology
The course introduces the students to strands of theologizing found in the Bible, especially the attempts to use historical, cultural and social frameworks to reflect on faith. Moving to modern times, the course brings to light those who innovatively tried to interpret the Christian faith from their socio-economic and cultural background. It also investigates the strengths and weaknesses of such theologies that have emerged from the crosscurrents of sociology and theology.
Moral Theology (MT)
MT 1. Fundamental Moral Theology (4)
It mainly deals with the methods of moral analysis i.e. how to arrive at correct moral decisions. Analyzing different moral methodologies we give primary importance to the personalist moral methodology developed by Catholic moral theologians receiving inspiration from the proposals of Vatican II. We make an effort to give adequate importance also to the social structural dimension of morality and the reality of sin. It is in this context we think about giving an adequate importance to the formation of a Christian conscience which takes in to consideration both personal and social dimension of conscience. And finally the question of distictiveness or uniquness of Catholic moral theology also will be discussed.
Arakkal J./Mynatty H.
MT 2. Bio-Ethics (4)
This is a course which points to the moral obligation of protecting and promoting human life. The principle of inviolability of human life demands sufficient health care facilities and provisions for a decent human life. Human life has also to be protected from different threats to which it is constantly exposed especially in its beginning and end, namely indiscriminate experimentation on human life, organ trade in the pretext of organ transplantation, genetic engineering, abortion, life-prolonging treatment, euthanasia, suicide etc. As a part of this course we also critically analyze certain topics which are traditionally considered as exception to the principle of inviolability of human life, namely self defense, self immolation, violent revolution, capital punishment, just war, etc.
Julian B./Kallely A.
MT 3. Social Ethics (3)
While the victims of injustice and inhumanities are increasing in the world, a Christian must be able to react against them at the light of the radical Gospel message of Justice. This course is a humble endeavor to analyze the notion of justice and the virtues connected with it. Justice speaks about the fundamental rights of man: the right to life, right to property, right to one’s honor, etc. A picture of the violation of these fundamental rights will shed light on the inhuman realities that threaten the dignity and honor of human life. Reparations of injuries and contracts are discussed, for they speak out the various forms of injustice and violations. Globalization and doing Christian social ethics with the downtrodden are also evaluated in this class.
Arakkal J./Illathuparampil M.
MT 4. Sexual Morality and Marriage (3)
This course is meant to impart a correct perspective on sexuality and marriage so that ethical issues emerging from these areas can be correctly assessed from a moral po