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Cursus: G-M-EC3
Cross-Cultural Communication of the Gospel
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)5
CategorieM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorProtestantse Theologische Universiteit; PThU vestiging Groningen;
Contactpersoonprof.dr. B. van den Toren
dr. T.T.J. Pleizier
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
prof.dr. B. van den Toren
Overige cursussen docent
prof.dr. B. van den Toren
Overige cursussen docent
1  (31-08-2020 t/m 07-11-2020)
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 17-07-2020 t/m 04-09-2020
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
At the end of this course, participants are able to
  1. Describe and explain a number theological understandings of how ‘the Gospel’ relates to ‘culture’ and provide a well-argued personal position with regards to this issue;
  2. Explain different approaches to contextualization and will have critical tools to explore with regard to specific local Christian practices and formulations of the Christian message what it means to be (a) contextually relevant and (b) faithful to the Gospel of Christ;
  3. Apply theological tools to analyse the cultural gap between local Christian communities and other communities and networks sharing the same social space and that hinder mutual understanding;
  4. Critically evaluate models of cross-cultural communication from a practical-theological and systematic-theological perspective.
“As a result of the measures taken by the government and the guidelines of the RIVM with regard to the Corona virus, education in period 1 and 2 of the academic year 2020-2021 will possibly have to take place (partly) online.
In that case, the following adjustments apply for this course:
  • Tests/assessments: no changes
  • Lectures: Lectures will be made possible through Zoom. If some sessions nevertheless require physical participation, this will be communicated by the lecturer(s) via BlackBoard.
  • Excursions/internships: not applicable
  • Other: not applicable
If necessary, further details will be communicated by the lecturer(s), via BlackBoard. More policy changes in the PThU regarding the Corona virus can be found at”

This course will create a greater awareness for the cultural distance that often exists between local expressions of the Christian faith and the variety of communities and networks that surround it and in which its members may also move. It will introduce and critically evaluate models of contextualisation that help root the Christian message and praxis in these various contexts and models for proclaiming the Gospel in a multicultural world that allows communities to both embrace cultural diversity within itself and of its contexts, yet remain an expression of the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church”. Course sessions include theories of communication, theologies of culture, the role of community in communication and the communicative power of practices.
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
140 hours
30 Contact hours - including examination
90 hours Personal study
20 hours Paper
Competentie 1
Hermeneutic competence
Toetsing van competentie 1
Paper + examination
Competentie 2
Academic competence
Toetsing van competentie 2
Paper + examination
Competentie 3
Disciplinary competence
Toetsing van competentie 3
Paper + examination
Verplicht materiaal
Bevans, Stephen B. Models of Contextual Theology. Rev. and expanded ed.. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2002.
Tanner, Kathryn. Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.
Grethlein, Christian. An Introduction to Practical Theology: History, Theory, and the Communication of the Gospel in the Present. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2016.
Aanbevolen materiaal
Toren, Benno van den, and Liz Hoare. ‘Evangelicals and Contextual Theology: Lessons from Missiology for Theological Reflection’. Practical Theology 8, no. 2 (2015): 77–98.
Toren, Benno van den. ‘Het Christendom als vertaalbeweging. Over “vertaling” als een model voor de contextualisering van het christelijk geloof in andere culturen’. Theologia Reformata 58, no. 1 (maart 2015): 39–58.
Walls, Andrew F. ‘The Gospel as Prisoner and Liberator of Culture’. In The Missionary Movement in Christian History : Studies in the Transmission of Faith, 3–15. Maryknoll, N.Y.; Edinburgh: Orbis Books; T. & T. Clark, 1996.
Walls, Andrew F. ‘The Translation Principle in Christian History’. In The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in the Transmission of Faith, 26–42. Maryknoll, N.Y.; Edinburgh: Orbis Books; T. & T. Clark, 1996.

Attendence: 80%

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten

Minimum cijfer5,5

Paper: 30%
Tentamen: 70%
All grades need to be 5,5 or higher.

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