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TEOL2750: Current issues in Theology, Religion and Society

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Person responsible for the course:Marion Grau (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Spring
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Essay – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2021-08-16 16. Aug 20212021-08-01 1. Aug 2021
Submission deadline:12:00
Release date for results: 6. Sep 2021

General information

This course focuses on reconstructing selected core topics in doctrine and addressing contemporary issues through critical engagement with Christian textual and practical traditions. Students will consider particular topics in current issues in theology, and read and discuss how various communities of faith have framed their responses to these issues. Students will critically consider current issues, look at how they intersect with classical doctrinal symbols of the Christian tradition and discuss historical development and contemporary articulations. This will be done by incorporating the voices of various communities, contexts, and concerns. Students will learn to work theologically using the resources of a variety of traditions and disciplines, and to make connections between current issues, contemporary problems and connect them with biblical narrative and theological symbols into the various languages of their own personal and communal ecclesial contexts and concerns. Topics treated in the class are migration and nationalism, science and religion, theologies of religion, religion and democracy, and ecological theology.
Prerequisites: TEOL1415 or equivalent

Course requirements

In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Attend 60% of the lectures
  • Submit and have approved at least 8 Reading Responses submitted in advance of the class session via Canvas. See syllabus for further details.
  • Submit and have approved a draft of the final paper of 1500-2000 words by the deadline. The paper will receive feedback by the instructor.
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
If the course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline.

Final assessment

The final grade for this course is given on the basis of a final paper (2500-3500 words). In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfill the course requirements within the fixed deadline. The course and final exam will be graded A-F.

Course objective and content

The student:
  • Has good knowledge of key theological terms, topics, structures, patterns and historical developments of the treated theological topics
  • Has good knowledge of theological responses to migration and nationalism
  • Has good knowledge of main issues in science, technology and religion
  • Has good knowledge of main issues in theologies of religion and comparative theology
  • Has good knowledge of main issues in animals and religion
The student:
  • Is able to recognize, describe and employ theological terms, patterns, and typologies in critical ways.
  • Has an increased ability to think critically and constructively about historic and contemporary theological reasoning.
  • Can coherently distinguish, recount, and critically engage a variety of theological approaches to a subject and be able to state their own position clearly and coherently, so it can be engaged by a wider public.
  • Will be able to articulate positions that address issues within their own religious traditions and use resources that are from their context or relevant to it.


To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:

  • Bauckham, R. (2011). Living with other creatures: Green exegesis and theology (p. 213-232). Waco, Tex: Baylor University Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Bretherton, L. (2019). Christ and the common life: Political theology and the case for democracy (p. 1-48). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans Publishing Co. Library (Compendium)
  • Campese, G. (2012). The irruption of migrants: Theology of migration in the 21st century. Theological studies., 73, p. 3-32. Library. Hentet fra
  • Clough, D. (2013). On animals: Volume 1, Systematic theology (p. 26-77). London: Bloomsbury. Library (Compendium)
  • Grau, M. (2013). Circumambulating exodus-migration-conquest: A theological hermeneutics of migratory narrativity. I E. Padilla & P. C. Phan (Ed.), Contemporary issues of migration and theology (p. 11-21). New York, N.Y: Palgrave. Library (Compendium)
  • Grau, M. (2019). Political hagiographies: Sainthood, ethnocentrism, and the fallacies of identity. Louvain studies, 42(3), p. 265-288. Library (Compendium).
  • Numbers, R. L. (Ed.) (2009). Galileo goes to jail: And other myths about science and religion. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press. Library
  • Phan, P. C. (2016). Deus Migrator?God the migrant: Migration of theology and theology of migration. Theological studies, 77(4), p. 845-868. Library. Hentet fra 10.1177
  • Raheb, M. (2014). Faith in the face of empire: The Bible through Palestinian eyes. Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis books. Library. Hentet fra
  • Thatamanil, J. (2011). Comparative theology after "religion". I S. D. Moore & M. Rivera (Ed.), Planetary loves: Spivak, postcoloniality, and theology (p. 238-257). New York: Fordham University Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Thatamanil, J. (2017). Learning from (and not just about) our religious neighbors: Comparative theology and the future of Nostra Aetate. I C. L. Cohen, P. F. Knitter & U. Rosenhagen (Ed.), The future of interreligious dialogue: A multireligious conversation on Nostra aetate (p. 289-301). Maryknoll: Orbis. Library (Compendium)
  • Thompson, D. (2016). The virtual body of Christ in a suffering world. Nashville, Tennessee: Abingdon Press. Library
  • Wallace, M. (2019). The stones will cry out: Animist crossings og the species divide. Kosmos,. Hentet fra
  • Yong, A. (2010). How does God do what God does? ; pentecostal-charismatic perspectives on divine action in dialogue with modern science. I J. K. A. Smith & A. Yong (Ed.), Science and the spirit: A Pentecostal engagement with the sciences. Bloomington, Ind: Indiana University Press. Library (Compendium). Hentet fra
  • Younan, M. A. (2011). Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly: Just peace in the Middle East. The Ecumenical review, 63(1), p. 25-34. Library. Hentet fra 10.1111

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