Religion and violence at the turn of the millennium and the answer to a truly agapic theology

Course Code: MED203 • Study year: II • Academic Year: 2022-2023
Domain: Theology - Masters • Field of study: Intercultural and interreligious mediation
Type of course: Compulsory
Language of instruction: Romanian
Erasmus Language of instruction: English
Name of lecturer: Ioan Emil Jurcan
Seminar tutor: Ioan Emil Jurcan
Form of education Full-time
Form of instruction: Class / Seminary
Number of teaching hours per semester: 56
Number of teaching hours per week: 4
Semester: Autumn
Form of receiving a credit for a course: Grade
Number of ECTS credits allocated 8

Course aims:

To analyze the causes for which such manifestations have appeared over time, with a deeper or lower intensity.
To propose possible solutions to stop and eradicate these religious deviations with an extremely violent extremist foundation.
To cultivate the idea of ​​true agapic love both intrareligiously, as well as interreligious and extra-religious, starting from the biblical moral perceptions of the New Testament.

Course Entry Requirements:


Course contents:

1. Religion and violence in prehistory
2. Religion and violence among ancient pagan peoples
3. Religion and violence in the Old Testament
4. Religion and violence in the New Testament
5. Religion and violence in the first Christian millennium
6. Religion and violence in Islam
7. Examples of violent religious patterns in the Middle Ages: the Crusades and the Inquisition
8. Religion, Reformation and violence in the sec. XVI
9. Violent and bloody religions: pre-Columbians
10. Violence in the name of religion in the neo-Protestant sects of the contemporary era
11. The rise of Islamic extremism in recent decades
12. Religions in conflict: Hinduism and Islam
13. Persecution in the name of religion: from Nero to atheist communism
14. Authentic Christian theology at the beginning of the third millennium III

Teaching methods:

Lecture, debate, presentation.

Learning outcomes:

The discipline aims to present religious extremism of any nuance present in contemporary society, the violent way of its manifestation, as well as the authentic alternative of an agapic, solidarity and empathic religious initiative, both in the Christian environment and in other religions.

Learning outcomes verification and assessment criteria:

Oral exam 70%, essay 20%, practical activities 20%

Recommended reading:

Nicolae Achimescu, Religii în dialog, Edit. Trinitas , Iasi , 2005 , 423
Emil Jurcan, Duhul Sfânt şi provocările contemporane ale lumii, Edit. Reîntregirea , Alba Iulia , 1999 , 415
Emil Jurcan, Maestrul oriental şi duhovnicul creştin, Edit. Reîntregirea , Alba Iulia , 2002 , 151