Research Theology

Tilburg School of Catholic Theology explains the catholic tradition in the context of contemporary society and studies the spiritual needs of the individual.

Research Programs Tilburg School of Theology

The two research programs of Tilburg School of Theology, deal with transformation processes in the widest sense of the word.

The first research program analyses the different facets and aspects of the transformation processes that take place within individuals who seek to join the community of communication and interpretation that is the church. It uses the theological disciplines to assess the significance of initiation and mystagogy in the Christian tradition, the role afforded to rituals and authoritative texts in this process of initiation and transformation, and the role of the faith community. The program thus focuses on the processes through which Christians throughout the centuries have appropriated their faith and the way of life that is specific to them.

The second research program studies the transformation processes that have taken place in the churches of the West during ‘late modernity’. Its main focus is on the transformation of Catholicism and on the underlying causes of this transformation. It examines how social and societal changes in the late modern secular environment have transformed the institutionalised religion that exists within it, while simultaneously giving rise to new forms of (Catholic) religiosity and spirituality and new forms of pastoral practice.

In addition, five other research projects are being carried out independently of these two programs. In two cases, this is due mainly to the fact that the theological disciplines involved cannot easily be integrated into the programs mentioned, i.e. moral theology and canon law. The other three projects can nonetheless be regarded as a separate cluster, because all of them involve scholarly reflection on an urgent problem in church and society: the question of meaning that arises after an experience of violence.