Hermeneutics THL514 (Master of Theology) is being taught at United Theological College in 2018 Session 1 by Gerard Moore.

The subject is an identified scholarship subject with UTC in 2018.  For more information about our UCA scholarships please contact [email protected]

Hermeneutics explores some major approaches to truth and knowing in contemporary theology. It addresses the interpretation of texts, the location of the knower, and the relationship between epistemology, practice and Christian spirituality. It draws on the history of hermeneutics, as well as contemporary work in post-liberal theology, liberation and virtue epistemology, and mystical theology. The subject is designed to undergird advanced theological studies, by equipping students with the capacity to reflect critically on questions of truth and knowing in theological inquiry.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of some major contemporary approaches to theological hermeneutics and theological knowing;
  • be able to reflect critically on what is distinctive about truth claims in the domain of theology
  • be able to reflect critically on their own location as knowing subjects;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the significance of practices, community, and spirituality for the possibility of theological knowing.
  • be able to demonstrate independent research and writing skills.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Following Module 1, this subject is designed to be flexible in the usage of subsequent modules. It is envisaged that in addition to Module 1, at least two of the remaining four modules would be addressed in the delivery of the subject, allowing for the specialist interests of students and teaching faculty. Module 1: Hermeneutical knowing

  • history of hermeneutics
  • texts and contexts
  • textuality, culture and language

Module 2: Ecclesial knowing

  • virtue ethics and epistemology
  • post-liberal theology
  • radical orthodoxy
  • narrative and practice

Module 3: Transformative knowing

  • ‘the intelligence of the victim’ (James Alison)
  • post-resurrection knowing
  • liberation theology and praxis

Module 4: Spiritual knowing

  • mystical theology
  • spiritual senses
  • discernment and truth

Module 5: Contemporary questions