Theological Reflection
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-RTMAG109
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Religiestudies;
prof. dr. C.J.A. Sterkens
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Contactperson for the course
prof. dr. C.J.A. Sterkens
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prof. dr. C.J.A. Sterkens
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Academic year2023
SEM2  (29/01/2024 to 01/09/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • recognize and explicate personal religious beliefs and theological preferences, as well as demonstrating their relevance for your own pastoral work;
  • make your own religious beliefs and theological preferences more explicit in relation to professional role expectations;
  • make theologically substantiated choices for pastoral and ministerial work, more specifically in relation to religious counseling and diagnostics, rituals, moral counseling and ethical advice;
  • relate personal religious beliefs and theological preferences (‘subjective side’) to theological theories and concepts from literature (‘objective side’), as proven in the theological evaluation of your own pastoral and ministerial work;
  • comment and reflect on religious beliefs and  theological preferences of fellow students doing pastoral and ministerial work.
During an internship, you will be acquainted with pastoral work and other forms of religious hermeneutic communication. As hospital chaplain, prison chaplain, priest or pastoral minister in a parish or other form of local church, or as professional in any form of religious education, personal religious beliefs and individually preferred theological concepts will influence your work. This seminar stimulates students to make these preferences more explicit, and to reflect on their consequences for pastoral and ministerial work. With the help of literature and support of your fellow-students, you will learn to identify, analyze and possibly transform personal religious beliefs and preferred theological concepts for the improvement of your work in specific pastoral settings. Subsequently you may apply the method of theological reflection to the development of a pastoral research project. A supervised experience in a pastoral setting is central to the learning process of this course.

Presumed foreknowledge
A supervised pastoral internship is a requirement for participation in this course.
Test information
Discussions in classroom with short written summaries. Final paper with few elaborations of experiences and one more elaborate work experience.

Required materials
A list of articles will be distributed among participants.
Title:The Understanding of Faith. Interpretation and Criticism
Author:Edward Schillebeeckx
Publisher:London: T&T Clark, 2014.

Recommended materials
Title:Theological reflection. Pastoral practice and public theology.
Author:Cameron H. et al.
Publisher:London: SCM Press, 2012

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock SEM2, Block SEM2