MASTER OF ARTS (MA) IN THEOLOGY OF RELIGIOUS LIFE

 

1. Scope of the Course
Inter-religious harmony is a much felt need of our times, especially in the context of growing religious fundamentalism.  Genuine seekers in all religions can certainly contribute to this harmony, provided they are supported by systematic study and research.


In order to consolidate the theological formation of Christian religious persons in India, it is important to provide opportunities to study the specific identity and mission of religious life in relation to other vocations and forms of Christian life in the Church and world. This theological formation needs to be contextualized and imparted, particularly on the basis of biblical theology and the Magisterium of the Church in general, and of FABC, CBCI, CRI and the local churches of India in particular.
The postgraduate program in THEOLOGY OF RELIGIOUS LIFE would promote and form the religious men and women with a profound understanding of their identity and mission in the Church, contextually and inter-religiously. Conscious that the Church is in constant dialogue with the culture, this program provides a milieu of reflection on ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, especially with the forms of radical living of religion in these traditions.
 


2.Course Objectives
a)       To prepare the religious persons to be imbibed with a profound sense of their identity and mission in the cultural context of India.
b)       To provide a systematic teaching of the history of consecrated existence in the Church, its different historical forms emerging as response to ecclesial needs, and the significance of its presence, meaning, relevance, and role in the present time.
c)        To cultivate and promote scientific investigation and publication of the discipline of the theology of religious existence based on biblical theology, the teachings of the Church and its sound theological traditions.
d)       To contribute to the formation of the consecrated persons with a sense of their theological identity and the scope of their existence in the Church.
e)       To cultivate and promote a life of witness to the light and life of the Gospel, studying the consecrated presence both in the West and the East.
f)        To equip them with necessary skills and resources to teach, train, and guide others in both initial and ongoing formation as well as in theological institutes.
g)       To provide them with adequate theological competence for initiating new and radical forms of ministries at the service of the people of God.
 


3.Duration
 Two years divided into four semesters
 
4.Eligibility for Admission and Admission Process
Eligibility: Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university.
Admission Process: As per the rules and regulations of CHRIST (Deemed to be University)


 5.Proposed Admission Intake
Forty (40) students
 
6.Statement of capacity of the Department to conduct the course
The Department has sufficient personnel to run the programme effectively.  The experts from outside will be invited as per the need. For a list of the Faculty members, please see Section IV.


 7. Pattern of Evaluation
The evaluation process for most of the papers consists of Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA) and End-Semester Examination (ESE), each of which has a weightage of 50% (CIA 50% + ESE 50% = 100%). Wherever there is an exception to this general norm, it is indicated in the Course Syllabus section.
 
a. Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA) Methodology
 
Papers    Points Awarded
 CIA-I    CIA-II    CIA-III    Attendance    Total Points
 Mid-Sem Exam    Assignment    Presentation        
Core Papers    50    20    20    10    100
Electives    25    10    10    5    50
Project Work    25    10    10    5    50
Dissertation    See page 36 for the specifics    100
 
The CIA will be reduced to 50% as it forms only 50% of the final marks. Assignment of Grades will be as per the PG grading norms of CHRIST (Deemed to be University).
 
b.  End-Semester Exam (ESE)
The ESE carries a weightage of 50%. As a general norm, each paper will have a written examination with 5-10 essay questions each of which carries 10-20 marks, with the option for internal choice provided. Some papers have a different mode of ESE (e.g., seminar, group project, dissertation), which is detailed in the respective course syllabus section.
 
8. Name and address of Examiners
Mathew Moothedam
Jacob Arrakkal
George Kannanthanam
 
Address: Sanyasa: Institute of Consecrated Life, Carmelaram Post, Bangalore 560 035                                     
 

 

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