Courses in English and German in the academic year 2012/2013 (last updated 13 September 2012) *The summer semester 2013* From the Kingdom of Israel to the Province of Samaria - RET10422 Lecture, 2 hours/week, 2 credits, Teacher: Jan Dušek, Th.D. Our objective is to scrutinize the Old Testament texts which concern the period of the Iron Age in the light of the North-West Semitic epigraphic sources. We will study selected inscriptions written in Aramaic and in Canaanite languages, which concern the texts of the Old Testament. Theological Ethics Seminar (English) - RET5056 (Human Rights) Seminar, 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teacher: ThDr. Pavel Keřkovský The course will deal predominantly with the book of Frederick M. Shepherd Christianity and Human Rights. Systematic Theology Seminar - RET4062 (Salvation as Atonement - Past Event and Present Salvation (P. Fiddes)) Lecture + Seminar, 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teacher: Associate Professor Petr Macek Reading and debating the book "Past Event and Present Salvation: The Christian Idea of Atonement" by Paul S. Fiddes (A survey of issues, images and experiences concerning the idea of atonement as a solution of the human predicament.) Church History (English) - RET3053 (Special Issues in the Bohemian Reformation) Lecture + Seminar, 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teachers: Professor David Holeton and Dr. Peter Morée The course is meant for students who have basic knowledge of the Bohemian Reformation. Topics covered: Introduction, Milíč of Kroměříž, Matěj of Janov, Jan of Jenštejn, Tomáš of Štitné, the influence of Wiclif, Jan Hus, Nicholas of Dresden, radicalization, crusades, Petr Chelčický, Utraquism, the Unity of the Brethren, the relations to the German and Swiss Reformations, the relation to Rome, the aftermath. Church History Seminar (English) - RET3054 (Churches in the Cold War) Seminar, 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teacher: Dr. Peter Morée The communist regime after the Second World War had the aim to suppress and eventually ban religion and churches from society. They implemented a system of oppression, but they also successfully used the churches for their aims of propaganda. Which were the main stages, how did the churches in Czechoslovakia or in other European countries react? The Eucharist - RET6052 (The History and Celebration of the Eucharist) Seminar; 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teacher: Professor David Holeton "The best way towards unity in Eucharistic celebration and communion is the renewal of the Eucharist itself in the different churches in regard to teaching and liturgy." (Baptism, Eucharist, Ministry - Eucharist III, 28) Over recent years, most churches have undertaken a significant renewal of their Eucharistic rites and the manner in which they celebrate the sacrament. Through lectures and assigned readings in primary sources the student will become familiar with the historical development of the Eucharist and its various theologies through the ages as well as pastoral questions facing the churches today. By the end of course students should have a solid background with which to engage the contemporary reforms of the Eucharistic rites and practices of their own church as well as an understanding of the practices of other churches. Dynamics of the Christian mission - RET6026 Seminar, 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teacher: Mgr. Pavol Bargár, Th.D. The course will introduce the students to the thought and work of one of the most significant Christian missiologists of the 20th century, David J. Bosch, paying particular attention to his ground-breaking Transforming Mission (1991). The focus of the course will be in discussing the New Testament models for mission as identified in Matthew, Luke and Paul, the historical models of Christian mission, and the outline of a model for mission in the ecumenical/postmodern period as suggested by Bosch himself. The aim of the course will be not only to understand and reflect upon Bosch’s work, but also to interpret these models for contemporary missiology as well as to think about their relevance for the missionary work of today’s churches. Discussing and assessing Bosch’s work, its reception in current missiology will also be considered. Requirements for passing the course: active participation at the seminar (incl. the assigned readings), oral presentation, final essay Knowledge of God in the Byzantine Fathers - RET4064 Seminar, 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teacher: Nevena Dimitrova Seminar der Philosophie (Deutsch) - RET7054 (Kant: Religion innerhalb der Grenzen der blossen Vernunft) Seminar, 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teacher: Jan Kranát, Ph.D. Theological Dimensions of Czech Cultural Expressions - RET8056A Seminar, 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teacher: Joyce J. Mauler, Ph.D. The course will seek to explore ways in which central existential concerns and theological themes of the Judeo-Christian tradition manifest themselves in the works of select Czech authors, composers, and artists whose creations are not explicitly ‘religious’ or intentionally ‘theological’. Exploratory lectures and extensive class discussions of works by Milan Kundera, Jaroslav Seifert, Blahoslav Martinů, Petr Eben, and artists featured at the Veletrzní Palace of the National Gallery will examine the extent to which biblical and theological underpinnings remain an integral, if hidden, part of the Czech cultural milieu. Thus, ‘theological’ dimensions of ‘a-theistic’ societies and our secular age may be revealed, and the role that theological themes may play in the lives of contemporary people may be discovered. New Testament Exegesis - RET20382 (First Corinthians - selected passages) Seminar, 2 hours/week, 6 credits, Teacher: Jan Roskovec, Th.D.
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