ST 113 - Ecclesiology: Our Apostolic Church Today

Module Level


Time Allowance

Lectures: 24 hours Tutorials: 3 hours Private Study: 24 hours


Continuous assessment: 40% End of Semester Examination: 60%

Module Aims

  • To introduce the student to the study of the Church as a discipline within theology
  • To trace the theological development of the early Church communities and how it now finds expression in light of the Second Vatican Council.
  • To gain an understanding of the mystery and mission of the Church.
  • To explore the teaching authority of the Church with respect to faith and morality today
  • To be able to integrate this study of the Church within a broader theological framework, with particular reference to the other theological modules covered in semester one. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Will understand the nature of Ecclesiology and its connection to other theological disciplines
  • Will be able to distinguish between a) the pre-critical and historical-critical approach to the question of the foundation of the Church by Jesus
  • Will know the imperative, and benefit, of maintaining a distinction between the Church and the Kingdom
  • Will appreciate the apostolic nature of the Church and its resulting mandate
  • Will demonstrate an ability to critically assess the functioning of the Church today with respect to its origins as found in the New Testament Communities
  • Will understand the teaching authority of the Church with respect to faith and morality today
  • Will show an awareness of the huge significance of Lumen Gentium for a renewal in ecclesiology
  • Will be able to make theological connections with a number of Vatican II documents covered on other first semester modules (Dei Verbum and Gaudium et Spes)