TH 101 What is Theology?

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Module Level

8 (Undergraduate)

Time Allowance

Class: 20 hours Seminars: 4 hours


Continuous: 40% End of Semester Examination: 60%

Module Aims

This module explores Saint Anselm's classic definition fides quaerens intellectum (faith seeking understanding) in terms of its philosophical undertaking and theological underpinning. The scriptural and liturgical roots of faith and their relation to morality and spirituality will be explored in a systematic way with reference to theological methods.

Learning Outcomes

  • A basic understanding of the terminology and tasks, sources and methods of theology as aids to the articulation of faith, both personal and communal
  • An awareness of the ecclesial crucuble of theology in the context of evangelisation
  • An ability to relate this module to other foundational modules in first year theology
  • An appreciation of the history of theology together with the plurality of contemporary theological approaches


  • Extensive bibliography (including required reading of articles/chapters) at beginning of course