- To strengthen the local Church by faith empowerment of the laity
- To be an Institute of influence, assisting the local church to train tomorrow’s leaders today by providing relevant accredited training, that is practical, Spirit-filled and theologically sound through a network of partner campuses.
- To scrutinize and evaluate the challenges raised by sectarian groups against the mainstream Christian faith.
- To promote interreligious interactions by providing a platform for understanding Christianity and other religious beliefs, interreligious dialogues, and classes.
Diploma course in Theology
This is a preparatory course to prepare the students for Bachelors Degree in Theology. The course duration is 2 years (4 semesters) Pre- Degree (Plus Two or equivalent) pass is the eligibility condition for admission to the diploma course. The course introduces the fundamental concepts of Philosophy and Theology. The Greek Philosophy, Scholastic Philosophy, Western Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Modern and contemporary Philosophy are introduced in this course. The traditional dictum that Philosophy is the handmaid of Theology is esteemed in this approach.
Syllabus of the Diploma Corse in Theology
The diploma course is the introductory course in theology. It introduces the students to the various branches of theology with special attention to the Sacred Scripture
Paper I: The Revealing God
- Introduction to Theology
- History of Theology
- Divine Revelation in Bible and Tradition
- Sacred Scripture (Pentateuch)
- Church History (Arrival of St. Thomas, Life and Rituals of St. Thomas Christians)
Paper II: Church and Theology
- Word of God (Creation Narratives, Paradise, Fall)
- Canon Law (CIC and CCEO, Canons on Sacraments)
- Fundamental Theology (Ecclesiology)
- Moral Theology (Christian Morality, Conscience, Sin)
Paper III: Growing Faith
- Holy Scripture (Synoptic Gospels, Prophets)
- Dogmatic Theology (Holy Trinity, Christology)
- Moral Theology (Christian Social teachings)
Paper IV: On the Path of Salvation
- Holy Scripture (The Gospel of John)
- Canon Law (Canons on Parish and Marriage)
- Liturgy (Formation of Liturgy, Liturgy of Hours, Liturgical year)
- Church History (Persecution and freedom of the early Church)
Paper V: Christian Life
- Sacred Scripture (Wisdom Literature, Pauline Letters )
- Liturgy (Fundamentals of Latin, Syro-Malabar and Syro-Malankara Liturgy)
- Church History (Indian Church History, History of the Church)
Paper VI: Old Testament Theology
- Introduction to Pentateuch
- Jewish Feasts and sacrifices
- Jewish History of Salvation
- Women in the Bible
- Prophetic literature in Bible
- Wisdom Literature
- Biblical Poetry – Psalms
Paper VII: NewTestament Theology
- Synoptic Gospels
- Gospel of John
- Acts of the Apostles
- Pauline Letters
- Letter to the Hebrews
- Universal Letters
- Book of Revelation
Written Thesis for BTh
- At the beginning of the 5th semester before the 30th of the first month of the second stage of the Institutional Cycle, students aspiring for the Bachelor Degree in Theology have to select the topic for the thesis, and the professor who will guide the work. The written thesis must be submitted by the 6th semester before the final examination. It must have a minimum of 6000 words and maximum of 10000 words.
Repetition of Examination
- If anyone fails in a subject, the examination in the respective subject shall be repeated. Such examinations shall be conducted at the beginning of the following semester. The examinations that are deferred for other reasons shall be conducted at the time fixed by the President. Those who fail in Degree examinations may repeat the examination only once, at the end of the following semester.
40%-59% = Passed with Third Class
60%-69% = Second Class
70%-79% = First Class
80% and above = Distinction
This marking system corresponds to the traditional Roman system: Pass – 6; second class 7-8; first class 9; distinction 10. In global evaluation the mark is the quotient obtained by dividing the sum total of individual marks by the number of the examinations.