The English-language master’s program offers three majors, parallel to the three lines of research of ETF Leuven.
This major is shaped primarily by the Old and New Testament departments, in collaboration with part of Historical Theology. A wide range of historical, literary and linguistic methods is employed to question the texts for their eloquence. The dynamics by which biblical passages not only draw on their own social and cultural background, but also critically and transformationally respond to it, occupy an important place here. Indeed, this is precisely how the texts illuminate how they not only relate to speaking about God in the Bible as a whole, but also have significance for numerous contemporary issues. Upon completion, you will be deeply formed in scholarly study of the Bible and other sources of Christian tradition.
Church, History and Theology
The Church, History and Theology major is shaped primarily by the departments of Historical and Systematic Theology. It focuses on the study of theological traditions. How have they been shaped and renewed in the course of history? Which developments are particularly relevant from an ecumenical perspective? Contemporary philosophical and cultural developments and dialogue with postmodernism are also important. In this major you will learn a thorough knowledge of the Christian tradition to become proficient in contemporary formulation of the Christian faith relevant in the context of societal questions of sustainability, justice and ethics. After completing this program, you will be well equipped to participate in current theological discussions and to make them relevant for church and society.
Religion, Church and Society
The Religion, Church and Society major is shaped primarily by the departments of Practical Theology and Religious Studies and Missiology. It challenges you to study conceptions of God and faith in various contexts today and engage in constructive dialogue with them. This begins with understanding what is actually happening in Church and society. In addition, special attention is paid to theoretical and practical aspects of faith transmission and church development, to challenges of leadership and changing authority structures, and to studying contemporary missiological issues. Through field or literature research, you can independently reflect on these questions and acquire further skills in the context of your thesis. You will thus acquire knowledge and competencies for pastoral responsibilities and/or a leadership position in a church, in organizations or in society.
The Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies can be easily combined with the “Educatieve Master” (degree for teaching Protestant Evangelical religious education in secondary schools). More information can be obtained from the academic secretariat.