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Socio-cultural Analysis of India Today

This course is an introduction to understand and to interpret the political, cultural, religious and social realities that has been unfolding in recent years in India. This is meant to sensitise the present Indian realities as we begin to study theology.

– V. Sebastian, SJ

Introduction to Theology & Methodology

This course aims to familiarise students with the process of doing theology in the religious, social, cultural, economic and political contexts of India. They will be introduced to the sources of theology and methods of theologizing.

– Arjen Tete, SJ

Introduction to the OT & Religion of Israel

In the first part, two questions are put to the Bible: Who are you? Where are you from? In the second part we deal with the Bible’s religious and historical dimensions. In the third part, after treating briefly the history, society and anthropology of Ancient Israel, we study the religion of Israel – its theology and religious practices.

– James Dabhi, SJ

Ethics of Child Protection

This course introduces students to the “Ethics of Child Protection.” The course generates awareness about the issue of abuse in its various forms and introduces the participants to its prevention. the course addresses sociological and psychological dynamics, moral dimensions and legal aspects of this issue.

– Konrad Noronha, SJ

Theology of Faith & Revelation

Faith is our integral response to God and Revelation is God’s way of communicating the Ultimate Experience of God as Love. We briefly examine the Faith-Revelation dynamic of major religions and the specificity of Revelation-Faith in the Bible. We discuss ‘fundamental’ theological issues: the uniqueness of the apostolic foundational experience and its subsequent expressions, the relation between Scripture, Tradition(s) and Magisterium. The course responds to issues between faith-freedom, faith-works, faith-reason, faith-various isms (modernism, secularism, consumerism, religious pluralism, postmodernism and communalism) in the light of the response of Vatican II.

– Richard Lopes, SJ

Introduction to the New Testament

This course, in its first part, offers an introduction to the social, religious, cultural, geographical and political worlds which form the matrix of the New Testament. Special attention will be given to Jewish and Greco-Roman milieu. In the second part, the student will be introduced to the writings of the NT and to various critical methods of reading it with reference to the exegesis and hermeneutics of the NT.

– M. Paul Raj

Gospel according to Mark

This Course will be developed in three stages:

  1. After a brief introduction, attention will be focused on the main thrust of Mark.
  2. An exegetical study of the gospel with a pastoral concern for the Indian situation.
  3. A synthetic view of the whole gospel with special emphasis on important Marcan themes.

– Thomas Kattathara, SJ

Ancient Church History & Patrology

This course gives an overview of the History of Ancient Christianity and the Fathers of the Church. It has two parts: The first part beings with a discussion on the concept and method of Church Historiography. The second part is an introduction to the rich diversity of Patristic literature and to some of the important Fathers of the Church and their contributions to Christian theology and spirituality.

–  Jesuraj Rayappan, SVD

Pentateuch

The first part of this course gives a general introduction to the Pentateuch with a special focus on different theories and hypothesis regarding the formation of the Pentateuch. The second part is devoted to the hermeneutical reading of the various units of the Pentateuch: Primeval History, Patriarchal Stories, Exodus Narrative, Wilderness Narrative, and the Moab Narrative. In addition to this, an overview of each book will be given by considering its authorship, date, provenance, scope, purpose, genre, literary and canonical context, structure and theology of the Book. Finally it makes an attempt to trace and understand various underlying theologies in the Pentateuch and their relevance for the contemporary society.

– Thomas Karimundackal, SJ

Theological Anthropology, Eschatology & Grace

This course studies the reality and mystery of our human existence in the light of Christian tradition with a particular focus on the Catholic tradition. It attempts a foundational theological enquiry into human self-understanding, including concepts of person, affectivity, sexuality, individuality and community. A major portion of the course will consider human-divine relationship through the Christian narratives of creation, redemption, sin-grace, suffering-death, eschatological hope and final fulfilment of human existence.

– Arjen Tete, SJ

Gospel according to Luke

The course is primarily intended to give students an enhanced familiarity with the distinctive features of the Gospel of Luke. The idea is to look at it as one of the four Gospels making up the Evangelion, yet as presenting the story of the Jesus Movement with certain particular emphases. In the early part of the class-room engagement questions of a general nature will get attention in view of situating the book in its literary and theological context. The major part of the classes will, however, be dedicated to an exegetical study of several key passages in the Third Gospel.

– Jomin Nirappel

Popular Indian Religiosity

The course aims at familiarising the students with the many ‘living religious traditions’ of India neither on the basis of their scriptures nor on their diverse philosophies but on the basis of their popular beliefs and daily practices. Students will be made aware of the whole gamut of religious activity and popular practices – yatras, festivals, prayers, practices, household rites, and rituals, religious objects, special symbols, sacred spaces etc. This study will equip the students for interfaith dialogue.

– Jerome Sylvester, IMS

Sociology of Religion

Students will be introduced to the study of religion as an aspect of social structure and social change. The course will examine socio-logical approaches to systems of belief based on classical and post-modern theorists and define the basic concepts which underpin contemporary debates about the role of religion in society. There are three main objectives of the course: introduce the classical texts and familiarise the students with the major sociological approaches to the study of religion, carefully lay out the theoretical framework developed in each and connect these to recent debates in the sociology of religion today.

– Nishant A. Irudayadason

General Moral Theology

The aim of the course is to introduce the students to the general principles of moral theology. Christian moral principles are based on the natural law and the bible. Since Vatican II, there is a new approach to moral guidance. We can see basically three levels of morality. The course deals with the development of moral theology over the centuries. It also deals with Old Testament and New Testament Morality. Fundamental option supports a person-centred approach to morality and emphasizes the place of the ‘heart’ in moral life. Catholics Church has always upheld the primacy of personal conscience and it believes that conscience is the supreme subjective norm of morality.

– Jose Thayil, SJ

Theology of Christian Worship

Theology of Christian Worship aims at formation of liturgical animators to enlighten the faithful on the liturgy and make it meaningful and relevant. These rituals are not performed as meaningless practices, but they are supposed to make sense and relevance in the context. Liturgy as the “source and summit of Christian life” is not a cliche to be repeated but to be lived in our day-to-day life. There are dangers when liturgy becomes familiar. Familiarity rooted in sloth can bring boredom. Interpreting the liturgy in today’s context is very important. The sacred liturgy does not compete with the entertainment dimension of secular liturgies.

– V. M. Jose, SJ

Eco-Theology

This course aims at creating a love for Mother earth and a desire to protect her from impending ecological disasters. All living beings are interrelated and have an intimate relationship with the earth. The course will look at the ecological crisis from a theological and spiritual perspective. The areas covered during the course are: the present day ecological crisis caused by the consumerist tendency on modern society, the effects of globalization on ecology, poor and women, the problem of vanishing species, human-made climatic chaos, developmental destruction, the sacredness of Mother Earth, Cosmotheandric spirituality, etc.

–  Jose Thayil, SJ

Christology

This course attempts to understand the significance of Jesus Christ for the Christian vision of God and humanity’s place in the world. The course beings with a survey of the New Testament Christologies and the articulation of the faith-affirmation in the person of Jesus Christ, the Saviour, in the Christian Tradition and  Systematic theological reflection.

–  Jayaraju, SJ

Feminist Theology

The course aims at reflecting on the ‘image of God’, which occurs when one facilitates the same for those ‘image’ has been distorted or destroyed. Basic concepts, history, methods and a wide range of themes and perspectices of Feminist Theology, as well as Feminist approach towards the Bible and the Church are examined. The course combines lectures by the instructor and personal readings and expositions by the students.

– Patricia Santos, RJM

Subaltern Theologies

This course aims at in familiarizing students with new ways of thinking about social realities in theology and social sciences. Through the mediation of modern scholarship and in the light of Christian faith this course seeks to understand the questions pertaining to Jesus and social concerns.

–  V. Sebastian, SJ

Trinity

This course presents a systematic reflection on the self-revelation of God and the Christian experience of God as Trinity. After considering the unfolding of the Trinitarian Mystery in the Scripture and Tradition an attempt is made to examine the systematic theological reflections on the Mystery of the Trinity. Further, this course seeks to spell out the relevance of our belief in and understanding of the Trinitarian Mystery as communion of persons for our theological reflection, our personal and communitarian life, the Christian world-view, socio-political commitment and inter-religious dialogue.

– Mohan Doss, SVD

Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles is said to project a sui generis image of itself when compared with the other books of the New Testament canon. The focus of the course will, therefore, be trained on the many facets of its distinctiveness. After considering in some detail the preliminary issues such as identity of the author, date of composition, purpose of the book and its general outline, class discussion will move on to an exegetical study of certain prominent text-units in the Acts narrative.

– Thomas Malipurathu, SVD

Letters of St. Paul

Gathering information from Paul’s own writings and the rest of the NT we shall first try to understand Paul’s person and mission with a special reference to his “Damascus Experience.” Secondly we shall turn our attention to his epistles as literature and as inspired text. Thirdly we shall attempt an exegetical and hermeneutical study of the basic texts from his epistles to be able to delineate Paul’s contingent, but coherent and systematic theology. Part of this attempt would aim at more appropriate ways of understanding some of his ‘controversial’ texts and at discovering the relevance of Paul’s spirituality for today.

– M. Paul Raj

Theology of the Holy Spirit

This course is an exposition of the third article of the Nicene- Constantinopolitan Creed common to most Christian communities. It is intended to explore the theology of the Holy Spirit at work in the Christian community, in other religions and in the world bringing the Reign of God to completion. It will study personal, societal and cosmic transformation which the action of the Spirit can bring about according to Scripture and Christian Tradition. At the end of the course students will be able to gain a broad theological foundation and hone it in the light of assuming leadership roles within the Church.

–  Arjen Tete, SJ

Theology of Mission

Evangelisation involves a theological reflection on the mission of the Church, in the context of the local situation. Vatican II states: “It is above all necessary for the future missionary to devote himself to missiological studies: that is, to know the teachings and norms of the Church concerning missionary activity, the roads which the heralds of the gospel have traversed in the course of the centuries, the present condition of the missions, and the methods now considered especially effective” (AG 26). This is the objective of the course on Theology of Mission.

– Anil Thomas, CM

Bio-Medical Ethics

The aim of this Course is to enable the students to morally evaluate and pastorally respond to some of the critical ethical issues in the practice of healthcare. After a study of the nature of Bioethics and the basic principles used in the discipline, the Course deals with the ethical issues at the beginning and end of human life, and with some of the moral dilemmas in research and in the practice of medicine. Attention is also given to the social dimensions of healthcare and the pastoral care of the sick and the dying.

–  John Karuvelil, SJ

Gospel according to Matthew

The introductory part of this Course will discuss briefly the unique features of the gospel of Mathew, and its literary structure and theological concerns. The second part will take up an exegetical and hermeneutical reading of selected passages, highlighting the major Matthean themes.

– Thomas Malipurathu, SVD

Eucharist

Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life” (LG 11). Beginning with the experience of food and table-fellowship in India, we study the relevance of food, meals, hunger, feasts, memorials, sacrifices and passover with their social, communitarian, prophetic, spiritual and religious dimensions. The, focusing on Jesus’ teachings and praxes with regard to food, table-fellowship and especially his Last Supper and New Covenant at Calvery, we will reflect upon the significance of the Eucharist. Besides the Biblical texts and the development of Eucharistic practice, we study church documents and reflect on current Eucharistic concerns and crises.

– Francis Gonsalves, SJ

Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick

Sacraments are traditionally defined as “visible signs of invisible grace”. This definition somehow downplays the role of the human community and its crucial commitment to Life. This course seeks to alter this limited vision by studying sacraments as prophetic, symbolic actions geared towards celebrating Life. While believers of all religions perform sacramental actions, Christians specifically focus upon the life-giving, liberative actions of Jesus Christ, which the Church continues to celebrate. We focus on three sacraments: (a) Baptism, (b) Confirmation, (c) Anointing of the Sick, which powerfully proclaim, celebrate and realise the ‘Fullness of Life’ that Jesus Christ came to give.

– Richard Lopes, SJ

Sociology of Religion

Students will be introduced to the study of religion as an aspect of social structure and social change. The course will examine sociological approaches to systems of belief based on classical and post-modern theorists and define the basic concepts which underpin contemporary debates about the role of religion in society. There are three main objectives of the course: introduce the classical texts and familiarise the students with the major sociological approaches to the study of religion, carefully lay out the theoretical framework developed in each, and connect these to recent debates in the sociology of religion today.

– Nishant A. Irudayadason

Theological Anthropology, Eschatology & Grace

This course studies the reality and mystery of our human existence in the light of Christian tradition with a particular focus on the Catholic tradition. It attempts a foundational theological enquiry into human self understanding, including concepts of person, affectivity, sexuality, individuality and community. This examination will also be informed by what we know from contemporary social and natural sciences. A major portion of the course will consider human-divine relationship through the Christian narratives of creation redemption, sin-grace, and final fulfilment of human existence. Discussions in the course will invite dialogue with perspectives on human person offered by non-Christian religions.

– Arjen Tete, SJ

Mariology

The course will help students to reflect on Mary from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a particular reference to Christology and Ecclesiology. A critical reflection on the committed womanhood of Mary, in the context of salvation history, will enable us to situate the Mariological doctrines. This will also help to appreciate her dynamic discipleship and her partnership with God in His salvific plan for the human and cosmic world.

– Punam Rai, SJC

Feminist Theology

This introductory course first traces the history, development and significance of feminist theology globally with attention being given to the key terms and concepts associated with feminism. It then situates the emergence of Indian feminist theology within the social, historical and religious context of India, focusing in particular on the status and role of women. Using feminist principles and methodology, we will reflect critically on some of the theological themes with a view to integrate and implement feminist perspectives for effective ministry in the Indian context.

– Patricia Santos, RJM

Deuteronomistic History

This course intends to offer: a) a brief introduction to the theology of the Deuteronomist and to the Deuteronomistic writers in general; and b) an investigation into the historical traditions and the theological themes found in the books of Joshua, Judges, 1 & 2 Samuel and 1 & 2 Kings, by analyzing them from the literary, religious and political point of view. It will show how the Deuteronomists interpret the history of Israel, from its beginnings to the Babylonian exile, from the vantage point of covenantal and monolatric theology, thus, making the first interpretation of the Torah that links it to the prophetic tradition.

– Thomas Karimundackal, SJ

Canon Law: Latin

The Course is an introduction to the laws of the Church as contained in the Code of Canon Law. It will discuss the significance of these laws and their practical implications for Christian life.

–  Roque Alphonso

Introduction & Survey of Christian Spirituality

The lived experience of Christian spirituality has constantly adapted the Christian kerygma to particular historical contexts down the centuries. This course offers a comprehensive overview of Christian spirituality by an in-depth study of the background and characteristics of significant individuals and movements as well as by analyzing respresentative texts.

–  Fabian Jose, UMI

Wisdom Literature and Psalms

Wisdom literature of the Bible is part of a wider literature common to the peoples of the ancient world, especially in the Ancient Near East. There are two principal types of wisdom found in the OT wisdom literature: they are practical and speculative. After the general introduction we will briefly discuss the canonical books of the wisdom literature, namely, Proverbs, Job and Qohelet and their theological and anthropological significance. The second part of the course will begin with a brief introduction to the Book of Psalms and then move on to the study of selected Psalms and we will conclude the course presenting the main theological theme.

– James B Dabhi, SJ

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Eucharist

Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life” (LG 11). Beginning with the experience of food and table-fellowship in India, we study the relevance of food, meals, hunger, feasts, memorials, sacrifices and passover with their social, communitarian, prophetic, spiritual and religious dimensions. The, focusing on Jesus’ teachings and praxes with regard to food, table-fellowship and especially his Last Supper and New Covenant at Calvery, we will reflect upon the significance of the Eucharist. Besides the Biblical texts and the development of Eucharistic practice, we study church documents and reflect on current Eucharistic concerns and crises.

– Francis Gonsalves, SJ

Contextual Theology Project (CTP)

Indian Christian Theology

Indian Christian Theology is the result of various Thinkers’ theological reflection on their Christ experience from the complex cultural, religious, socio-political Indian Context. These thinkers include the Pioneers, Hindus, Converts, Protestants and Catholics who develop their theology from the varying perspectives of the diverse contexts of India. The course surveys their contribution to Indian Christians Theology. Their reflections lead us to arrive at Indian Christologies of Jnana, Karma and Bhakti Margas that merge in the Prema Marga of Jesus. The course takes into consideration the challenges posed by the contemporary Indian context of many religions, many cultures and the poor.

– Richard Lopes, SJ

Inter-religious Dialogue and Ecumenism

The Divine plan ‘to gather up all things in unity’ (Eph 1:10) could come to its completion only if all of us collaborate with one and all. It is important that the Church takes a radical approach of Dialogue and Ecumenism in today’s multi-religious and multi-cultural context of India with its complex issues for carrying out Church’s Evangelization project effectively.

We shall survey the history of Church’s involvement in Dialogue and Ecumenism so far. We shall also discuss the theological principles of inter-religious dialogue and ecumenism from the new perspective given by the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and the post conciliar documents.

– Anil Thomas, CM

Gospel According to John

The Course begins with a reflection on how to read the Gospel of John. It will then focus on the theology and structure of John’s Gospel as a whole, followed by a series of more detailed analysis of major sections of the Gospel (prologue, discipleship, Jesus and women, Jesus and the Jewish feasts, farewell discourses and resurrection narratives). It will conclude with some reflections on the challenges of the message of the Johannine Jesus in the present context of a fragmented, and less stable, world produced by the fast changing realities of globalization and post-modernism.

– Johns Varghese

Theology of the Holy Spirit

This course is an exposition of the third article of the Nicene- Constantinopolitan Creed common to most Christian communities. It is intended to explore the theology of the Holy Spirit at work in the Christian community, in other religions and in the world bringing the Reign of God to completion. It will study personal, societal and cosmic transformation which the action of the Spirit can bring about according to Scripture and Christian Tradition. At the end of the course students will be able to gain a broad theological foundation and hone it in the light of assuming leadership roles within the Church.

–  Mohan Doss, SVD

Prophets

The course begins with a brief history of the prophetic movements in Israel and then proceeds to the study of the various literary forms used by the prophets. The message of the prophets is studied against the turbulent political background of Israel and Judah, and of the Ancient Near East.

– Selva Rathinam, S., SJ

Homiletics and Catechetics

The course on Homiletics and Catechesis is an introduction to the theory and practice of preaching in contextual pastoral and liturgical settings, considering the ministry of catechesis within the context of the Church’s mission to evangelize in a relevant and effective manner.

–  Cletus D’Souza, SDB

Marriage Law

Keeping in mind Vatican II’s understanding of marriage, the following points are studied in depth: the impediments to marriage, the requirements of canonical form, the qualities needed for a valid marriage consent. The dissolution of marriage and recent jurisprudence on marriage annulments are briefly discussed. Pastoral approaches to cases of broken marriage are also studied.

–  Roque Alphonso

Priesthood, Reconciliation & Church Ministries

This course examines the theological foundations of Priesthood in Scripture and Tradition and focuses on Jesus’ understanding of priesthood. It aims at evolving a spirituality of the priesthood in the challenging context of India to address burning issues like clericalism and abuse of power, priestly celibacy and sexual aberrations, the need to harmonise the functional and existential aspects of priesthood, the role of non-ordained, lay ministries. Priesthood is also studied vis-a-vis the sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick, with the priest as a ‘wounded healer’ called to heal the sick and exercise the ministry of reconciliation in a broken world.

–  Richard Lopes, SJ

Mariology

This is a reflection on Mary from an inter-disciplinary perspective, with a particular reference to Christology and Ecclesiology. A critical reflection on the committed womanhood of Mary, in the context of salvation history, will enable us to situate the Mariological doctrines. This will also help to appreciate her dynamic discipleship and her partnership with God in His salvific plan for the human and cosmic world.

– Patricia Santos, RJM

Theology of Religions

This course seeks to understand the essential nature of Religion and Dharma, and to reflect on the religious experience of the Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims with their notions of Revelation and Faith (Shruti, Shradda, the Tipitaka, the Holy Koran). It will also seek the development of beliefs in their respective traditions as the horizon for the phenomena of diversity of religious experiences, the pluralism in theology, the theological imperative to dialogue, and the foundation of a universal theology of religion as the ground for ecumenism.

– S. Francis

Oriental Liturgies and Theology

A general introduction to the liturgies of the Oriental Churches is followed by a specific study of the Oriental understanding of the liturgy from historical and pastoral perspectives. It will also deal briefly with the unique features of Eastern Theology.

– Pauly Maniyattu

Spiritual Theology

Introduction to Spiritual Theology offers a cursory explanation about the transformation that takes place within the spiritual journey of an individual. It looks at the understanding of spiritual process from a historical as well from a thematic perspective. The course makes an attempt to integrate two inter-related disciplines, ‘theology’ and ‘spirituality’. The integrated approach studies and reflects on Christian spirituality in the context of growing human/spiritual maturity vis-à-vis oneself, in one’s relation with other and in terms of union with the Divine. Concrete examples of individuals and groups will be presented in order to substantiate the points explained during the course.

– Francis Pudhicherry, SJ

Theology of the New Testament

Based on the introductory and exegetical Courses offered so far, this one attempts to show the unity and diversity in the NT. It is hoped that such a study will, on the one hand, widen our theological horizon and, on the other, make us aware of the limitations of the NT evidence for the later doctrinal affirmations.

– Thomas Kattathara, SJ

Marriage and Sexual Ethics

Topics to be covered: How to develop a person-centered, liberative and integrative sexual morality; marriage, human reality and sacred mystery; three levels of human sexuality; marriage and celibacy; sexual deviations; moral evaluation and guidance regarding autosexuality, homosexuality, sex outside marriage; responsible parenthood; sex and family-life education; marriage preparation; the problem of divorce; sexually transmitted diseases.

–  John Karuvelil, SJ

Preparation for AD AUDS Exam
Ministering to Youth Today
Law in social and Pastoral Ministry
Labour Law
Palliative Care
Counselling the Addicted Families & AIDS Patients
Child Protection & sexual harrass. laws (workplace, domestic violence)
Communicative Pastoral Ministry
Leadership for life & Hum. Resource Management