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Abrahamic Religions (MA)

Course Description

MA Abrahamic Religions
The MA Abrahamic Religions is for those who wish to extend their understanding of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is distinguished by its focus on the contemporary religious thought of the three faiths, especially their theological responses to the challenge of modernity and engagement with each other. It is likely to attract teachers, ministers, Imams, Rabbis, community leaders and all those who are interested in the dialogue between the three Abrahamic Religions.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation:

Understanding Religion in the Age of Modernity explores various theoretical approaches to religion developed over the last two centuries and the ground-breaking work of philosopher Charles Taylor in regard to the origins of the modern secular worldview
and the place of a responsible religious faith within it.

Unity and Diversity in Contemporary Islamic Thought explores the tension between tradition and renewal that characterises Muslim responses to the challenges of modernity and it will show the centrality of the foundational texts of Islam (Qur’an and Sunna) in relation to key issues such as Islamic law, gender and jihad as well as religious pluralism and interfaith relations with Judaism and Christianity.

Contemporary Judaism looks at the way Judaism has been transformed and fragmented by its encounter with the modern world in the intellectual challenges of the Enlightenment, and by major ethical dilemmas and the impact of feminism on personal and community relationships.

Central Themes in Modern Christian Theology looks at the key themes in Christian theology, especially Trinity, Christology and Soteriology, using modern theologians and ideas as the main emphasis for study. Topics covered will typically include the role of a doctrine of creation in our understanding of God, the links between the paschal mystery and the Trinity, the classic metaphors of salvation in the Christian tradition, and the main strategies of the twentieth century to be found in transcendental Thomism, theologies of liberation and dramatic soteriology.

Evenings; typically two evenings a week in term-time for a full-time student and one evening for a part-time student.

If you do not complete the full MA, you may qualify for an interim award of a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) or Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip).

A range of bursaries and scholarships are available to help eligible students meet the cost of the tuition fees.

Entry Requirements

An honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent in an appropriate subject.

Course Fees

£4,500 (full-time, Home & EU fees), £2,350 (part-time Home & EU fees), £11,500 (full-time International fees)

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