This course is provided to equip students hailing from parts of the world which have become religiously indifferent, with conceptual tools with which to think and to face the situation of a “de facto- religious pluralism. This objective is brought about by addressing the core questions of “why?” and “what”. Can mission be fundamentally justified? What, is mission?
A. Exploring “Mission” as a single but complex reality through a close reading of key-texts in the Hebrew Scriptures and the N.T. In the O.T. discovering a universal horizon embedded in particularism; in the N.T. the emergence of the mission commission, from the historical Jesus to the 4th Gospel. B. A panoramic view of two millennia of missionary witness; an endeavor to discern the “constants” in variegated contexts. C. Discovering in the official teaching of the Church the different strains (Ad Gentes, Evangelii Nuntiandi, Redemptoris Missio).How to express “Mission” in 2014-2015? Mission as prophetic dialogue? (Stephen B. Bevans & Roger P. Schroeder). D. Mission happens in the context of various religious traditions. Hence the question: how can Christians proclaim faith in Jesus Christ as the one redeemer of all humankind, and at the same time recognize the Spirit at work in the world’s religions and cultures? The limitations of the classical typology of exclusivism, inclusivism, pluralism. E. The New Evangelization. Where are we in 2014-2015. Learning Outcomes: Joining the magisterium’s and theologians’ search to answer the questions “why” and “what” will invigorate the students’ missionary commitment. Besides the exam at the conclusion of the course, students will share their personal mission-experience and the fruit of their readings.
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