Strand: Religion & Public Life
Module Director: Sebastian Kim
Offered: Term 2 Spring 2012-13 at York
Timetable: Thursday 6.30pm - 8.30pm
This module will explore the rationale and means for the public
engagement of theology in contemporary society, examining a number
of specific instances where theological ideas have influenced, or
been influenced by, public life. It will draw on the considerable
expertise in the subject linked to the Chair in Theology and Public
Life. Public theology is Christians engaging in dialogue with those
outside church circles on issues wider than religious matters. The
module aims to discuss the nature, rationale and methodologies of
public theologies by examining public theologies developed in
various global contexts and by exploring appropriate public
engagement of theology in contemporary society. The topics covered
in the module include: globalisation and political economy; state,
civil society and democracy; climate change and ecological crisis;
social cohesion and exclusion.
Indicative essential book provision
- Jürgen Moltmann, God for a Secular Society: The Public
Relevance of Theology (London: SCM Press, 1999).
Gavin D'Costa, Theology in the Public Square: Church, Academy,
and Nation (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005).
- David Herbert, Religion and Civil Society: Rethinking Public
Religion in the Contemporary World (Hampshire, England: Ashgate,
Charles T. Mathewes, A Theology of Public Life (Cambridge: CUP,
Scott R. Paeth, Exodus Church and Civil Society: Public
Theology and Social Theory in the Work of Jürgen Moltmann
(Aldershot, Hampshire: Ashgate, 2008).
- William Storrar & Andrew Morton (eds), Public Theology for
the 21st Century (London & New York: T & T
- Sebastian Kim, Theology in the Public Sphere (London: SCM,
Indicative Journals/ Periodicals
- International Journal of Public Theology
- Political Theology
- Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics
One 6,000 word piece of written work (100% of the mark).