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Excellence in and Relevance of Theological Formation

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  • Reimund Bieringer Katholieke Universiteit Leuven



theological education, India, contextual theology, excellence criteria, technical criteria, philosophical criteria, Prasad Pinto, Jacob Parappally, interdisciplinarity, Kingdom of God


I would like to suggest that excellence in contextual theology also depends on more specific criteria. We subdivide the criteria into the technical and the philosophical ones. The technical criteria include the use of sources, tools, and methodology. The philosophical criteria embrace the use of logic, critical attitude, hermeneutical approach, memory, and imagination. Excellence in contextual theology is also measured by the correct use of primary and secondary sources. Here it is above all a question of the reliability of the sources, their authors, and their critical editions. Excellence in contextual theology also depends on the use of adequate tools and a suitable methodology.

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Reimund Bieringer, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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