Studying Contemporary Theology at Viaa 

In 1900 it seemed that theology had a complete horizontal perspective. God was out of sight. Was theology still relevant? The great Swiss theologian Karl Barth rediscovered the importance of theology as a transcendent way of speaking about God. This does not mean we cannot have questions about God or Scripture. That is Contemporary Theology. 

Would you like to learn more about major themes, trends and figures in theology from the twentieth century against its historical background? Would you like to have a critical understanding of modern religious culture? Then this is the right course for you. After following this course, you understand the theological historical influence in the development of today’s society.

Why Contemporary Theology at Viaa 

Our Dutch and international students value Viaa for its small-scale and Christian profile, offering high-quality and practice-oriented education. Due to its size, you as a student will benefit from an individual learning approach, small learning groups and personal contacts. From day 1, you will build new connections with teachers and fellow students, for life.   

Located in Zwolle, Viaa is within half-a-day travel distance by train from large European cities, like Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Brussels, and Paris.

Planning & prerequisites

Theology is a beginner’s course will be offered during the spring semester of each academic year. 

What you will learn

During the Contemporary Theology course at Viaa, you will survey important theologians and theological trends from the 20th century, including liberation theology and other significant schools of thought. This course deals with questions such as what is the meaning of the law? How can theology criticise politics? What is the relation between Christianity and science? What is the modern perspective on the apostle Paul? Theology is a 100-level course and will be offered during the spring semester. The course theory is supported by textbook articles, online readings and video materials. Learning methods include lectures, group work, discussions and excursions. 

Connect with us

Would you like to sign up or do you have a question about the Contemporary Theology course at Viaa? You are welcome to connect with our International Office!