Research Tilburg School of Theology

Research Programs Tilburg School of Catholic Theology

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

  • The first research program "Initiation and Mystagogy in the Christian Tradition" 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.
    Program leader of this research program is Prof.  Marcel Poorthuis.
  • The second research program "The transformation of religion in late modernity: the case of new Catholicism" 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 institutionalized religion that exists within it, while simultaneously giving rise to new forms of (Catholic) religiosity and spirituality and new forms of pastoral practice.
    Program leader of this research program is Dr. Karim Schelkens.

In addition, two researchers carry out their research independently of these two programs.

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