Continuous assessment: 40% End of Semester Examination: 60%
- 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.
- — 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)