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TEOL5640: Theology and Church in the South

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General information | Overlapping courses | Course requirements | Final assessment | Course objective and content | Literature 

Person responsible for the course:Roar G. Fotland (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Spring
Study programme:Master's degree (2 years) - Theology
Department:Department of Theology and History
Examination support material permitted:List F 2

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeExamination date / Written assignment deadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Written exam2019-06-11 11. Jun 20192019-05-01 1. May 2019
Start time:09:00
Duration:6 hours
Release date for results: 2. Jul 2019
Written exam – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2019-08-16 16. Aug 20192019-08-04 4. Aug 2019
Start time:09:00
Duration:6 hours
Release date for results: 6. Sep 2019

General information

This course will discuss - in historical and contemporary perspectives - how different churches in a non-Western religious and cultural context have sought to express and contextualize the Christian faith by developing a theology and practice aimed at serving their own members as well as communicating the gospel to other people. The course will also give the student a general understanding of contextualisation.
Prerequisites: Introductory and intermediate courses in theology in a bachelor's degree are recommended prerequisites.

Overlapping courses

TEOL5640 Theology and Church in the South overlaps completely with the former course MV601 Theology and Church in the South. Students who have already completed MV601 will receive 0 credit points (ECTS) for TEOL5640 on their transcript of records or diploma. MF therefore recommends not to combine these courses.

Course requirements

In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • The student is to hand in a book report of approximately 2000 words at a given deadline.
  • The student is to participate in the evaluation of the course if that is required in the current semester.
If course requirements are not fulfilled this will count as one examination attempt, unless you withdraw within the set deadline (1 May/ 1 November).

Final assessment

The final assessment of TEOL5640 is based on one written examination (6 hours). The course is to be assessed with a grade (A-F).

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • a thorough knowledge of the characteristic features of the theology of the churches in the Global South as different from traditional Western theology
  • a good knowledge of the concept of contextualisation
  • a good knowledge of how churches in the South meet the diaconal and missiological tasks that confront them in a multi-religious and economically poor context
The student can:
  • Engage in the general issue of contextualisation of theology and praxis
  • Critically examine traditional Western theology
  • Independently discuss the new questions that are put on the theological and ecclesial agenda by the non-Western context of the church
  • Critically read and evaluate scholarly literature


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  • Bediako, K. (1992). Theology and identity: The impact of culture upon Christian thought in the second century and in modern Africa (p. 1-12, 225-346, 386-444). Oxford: Regnum Books. Library
  • Engelsviken, T. (2011). The challenge of the missional Church in the south. Oslo: MF Norwegian School of Theology. (Check Canvas)
  • González, O. E. & González, J. L. (2008). Christianity in Latin America: A history (p. 1-63, 131-159, 206-310). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Library
  • Schreiter, R. J. (1997). The new Catholicity: Theology between the global and the local (p. 1-60). Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books. Library
  • Tan, J. Y. (2014). Christian mission among the peoples of Asia. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books. Library

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