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Cursus: T-V-CWI
Communities with Impact
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)5
CategorieM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorProtestantse Theologische Universiteit; PThU vestiging Groningen;
Contactpersoonprof.dr. H.P. de Roest
prof.dr. A.B. Merz
Overige cursussen docent
prof.dr. H.P. de Roest
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
prof.dr. H.P. de Roest
Overige cursussen docent
SEMEST1  (06-09-2021 t/m 05-02-2022)
Voltijd + Deeltijd
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 01-07-2021 t/m 31-08-2021
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
  1. to describe the processes of identity-formation and the development of communal practices of Pauline communities, based on critical reading of biblical and non-biblical sources;  
  2. to describe the processes of identity-formation and the development of communal practices of the studied contemporary Christian communities, based on interviews with congregational leaders and secondary literature;
  3. to compare Pauline communities with the studied Christian contemporary communities, hereby noting differences with regard to contexts (at macrolevel, mesolevel, and microlevel), identity and practices;
  4. to describe what Christian communities in the margins of a predominantly non-Christian society possess in common;-
In this course we will take cognizance of research into the social form and functioning of Christian communities in antiquity and today's, largely secular, times. We aim at understanding how Christian core beliefs, values, master narratives and cultural influences shape the identity and communal practices of these communities, how they express their faith, how they interact with the surrounding world and how they develop to cope with challenges from within and without.
Groups from two phases of Christian history will be studied as examples: first the earliest (to become) Christian communities formed by Paul and his co-workers in the first century CE, second, Christian communities in the Netherlands of the late 20th and early 21st century. Both situations are characterized by the fact that the communities can be described as minority groups in a society where other belief and value systems dominate. How did the first Jewish-Christian groups establish their identity and practices vis a vis Jewish and Greco-Roman majority views and managed to attract nonbelievers? How do contemporary Christian communities establish their identity and practices, coping with the challenges of post-Christian society?
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Total of 140 hours (5 ects x 28 hours)

Distributed over:
84 hours classes
2x 26 hours literature study and analysis
4 hours written exam
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Competentie 1
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Competentie 2
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Competentie 3
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Competentie 4
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Competentie 5
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Competentie 7
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Competentie 8
Toetsing van competentie 8
Verplicht materiaal
Reader with articles on Pauline communities and on contemporary Christian communities
Aanbevolen materiaal

Attendence: 80%

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten

Schriftelijk tentamen
Minimum cijfer5,5

2 tentamens
ieder 5,5 of hoger

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