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Christianity and Interreligious Relations (MRes)

Course Description

MRes Christianity and Interreligious Relations
The MRes Christianity and Interreligious Relations touches upon philosophical issues of religious pluralism and diversity, political questions about multiculturalism and social cohesion, more ethical questions about inter-personal relations and religiously inspired violence, as well as theological questions about the nature and limits of the language people of faith use to talk about God, human destiny and the world. Heythrop’s commitment to interreligious relations and its broadly based research culture, plus the College’s position in the heart of multi-cultural London combine to make this innovative programme an appropriate platform for suitably qualified students with experience of religious diversity at some level and a first-hand knowledge of some aspect of the theological, social or cultural interaction of communities of faith.

The programme consists of four taught modules and a dissertation:

Research Skills In Theology teaches students the ability to analyse and present critically, in both oral and written forms, the main themes of a contemporary debate in theology; write a research proposal and conduct advanced research in theology. The research skills module is delivered via a programme of training, with sessions lasting between 30 minutes and 2 hours. A timetable is provided at the start of term.

Muslim - Christian Relations explores the full implications of the unique challenge for Christianity posed by Islam's claim that God has abrogated Christ’s message with a subsequent revelatory initiative, the Arabic Qur‘ān revealed to Muḥammad. It looks at how Christians have responded to it over fourteen centuries during which adherents of the two religions have often found themselves in conflict. It then asks how Christians living in contemporary multicultural Britain might best approach this enduringly problematic situation. The course will focus largely on issues of theology and religious thought and, presuming a basic knowledge of Islam, will examine some of the issues involved in the complex relationship between Islam and modernity.

Christian Relations with Hinduism and Buddhism focuses on the dialogue between Christian faith and the great religious traditions which have originated on the Indian sub-continent; topics include Hindu theology, mysticism and spirituality, the Dalit movement, Engaged Buddhism and liberation theology, the silence of the Buddha and the question of God.

Christianity in Dialogue begins with the emergence of a theology of religions and considers the questions it raises for the uniqueness of Christ; it builds on the Jewish matrix for Christian theology and discusses key themes, such as Church and Mission, dialogue and inculturation, salvation and the action of the Holy Spirit in a pluralist world.

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 Theology or in another 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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