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Orthodox religion (UO)


UO1 The Orthodox world
The objective of the course is to make students familiar with the formation and history of the Orthodox Church and to make them perceive their own religious tradition as being part of a historical chain. The core contents are: the Early Christian Church; the Byzantine Empire; the separation of the Western and Eastern Churches; the Russian Church and other Autocephalous Orthodox Churches; Oriental Orthodox Churches and Western Churches. Evaluated with a number grade.

UO2 Dogmatics and ethics
The objective of the course is to acquaint students with the sources and foundations of the doctrine of the Orthodox Church as well as differences in the doctrines of other Churches. Students get familiar with the foundations of the Orthodox conception of humanity and ethics and understand that orthodox Churches in different countries may arrive at different ethical interpretations. The core contents are: sources of the Orthodox doctrine and the concept of sanctity; the Holy Trinity; the God-bearer; holy personages and sanctification of time; the Orthodox conception of humanity; questions of individual and community ethics. Evaluated with a number grade.

UO3 Biblical studies
The objective of the course is to familiarise students with the origins and the composition of the Bible and the underlying cultural history as well as the use of the Bible in the Orthodox Church and its liturgical life. Students learn to understand the significance of the different Books of the Bible to present-day Christianity. The core contents are: God and man in the Pentateuch; the wisdom literature; the prophets and the Messianic expectation; the origins of the Gospels and their special characteristics; the person of Jesus; the description of the early stages of the Church in the Acts of the Apostles; Paul and his Epistles. Evaluated with a number grade.