RLB220 Marginal christologies

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2008
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
PhDr. Dalibor Papoušek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Dušan Lužný, Dr.
Department for the Study of Religions - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Lucie Čelková
Wed 11:40–13:15 B11
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/30, only registered: 0/30
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course investigates contemporary christologies exceeding the frames of Christian world. It is aimed at four topics: (1) the Marxist Jesus (Jesus as a revolutionist, the mythological school); (2) Jewish Jesus (the concept of the Messianic Jews); (3) transcultural Jesus (ahmadiyya and European esoteric movements); and (4) countercultural Jesus (Jesus movements, rock operas, film).
Main objectives of the course:
At the end of this course, the students should:
- be familiar with the basic factual knowledge of given marginal christologies;
- have the capacity of critical analyzing of marginal christologies in their social context;
- have the capacity of interpreting marginal christologies as a manifestation of the contemporary mythmaking;
- have the capacity of critical reflexion of marginal christologies as the "end points" in academic typologies.
  • (0) Introduction to the course. (1) Marxist Jesus I: Classic Marxists and their followers. (2) Marxist Jesus II: The mythological versus historical school in Soviet research of Jesus. (3) Class discussion I: Main representatives of the Marxist approach toward the figure of Jesus. (4) Jewish Jesus I: The formation and development of the Messianic Jews movement. (5) Jewish Jesus II: Messianic Jews between Christianity and Judaism. (6) Class discussion II: Paul of Tarsus in the conception of Messianic Jews. (7) Transcultural Jesus I: Nicholas Notovitch and the discovery of the „fifth gospel“. (8) Transcultural Jesus II: Jesus' burial in Shrinagar and the movement of Ahmadiyya. (9) Class discussion III: Holger Kersten and the transcultural Jesus. (10) Countercultural Jesus I: Screening of the film Jesus Christ Superstar. (11) Class discussion IV: Jesus Christ Superstar in the context of the counterculture in the 1960s. (12) Closing discussion.
  • DOLEŽALOVÁ, Iva, Luther H. MARTIN and Dalibor PAPOUŠEK. The academic study of religion during the Cold War: east and west. 1st ed. New York et al.; Bern et al.: Peter Lang, 2001. 336 pp. Toronto studies in religion; vol. 27. ISBN 0-8204-5151-7. info
  • Hornung, Andreas. Messianische Juden zwischen Kirche und Volk Israel: Entwicklung und Begründung ihres Selbstverständnisses. Giessen – Basel: Brunnen 1995.
  • Fader, H. Louis. The Issa Tale That Will Not Die: Nicholas Notovitch and His Fraudulent Gospel. Lanham – Boulder – New York – Toronto – Oxford: University Press of America 2003.
  • Klatt, Norbert. Lebte Jesus in Indien? Eine religionsgeschichtliche Klärung. Göttingen: Wallstein 1988.
  • Foret, Miroslav. Jesus Christ Superstar a ostatní rockové opery. Brno: Spolek Mojmír Akademického gymnázia 1994.
Assessment methods
Contents of the semester:
Lectures, class discussions, seminar paper.
Requirements for the colloquium:
(a) active participation in class discussions;
(b) written commentaries in given sources;
(c) seminar paper defenced in a class discussion.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course is taught once in two years.
Information on course enrolment limitations: Zápis mimo religionistiku je podmíněn souhlasem vyučujícího.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Spring 2014, Spring 2018, Spring 2021.
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