College of Humanities and Education - Graduate School of Religion
About US
Introduction

The Graduate School of Religion at CYCU has focused on the studies of the Christian religion since its establishment in 2000. The concentration in Christian religion must not be regarded as a monopoly over other religions, but as a unique feature of our university. It has also helped to enhance the interaction between the Western and Sino-Christian scholarship. We are convinced that, as part of the histories of global culture, human thoughts and the Church, the Christian religion is not only a religion but also a great human arena in relation to philosophy, politics, art, and other related fields.

The diversity of ideas in modern society signifies the fact that the research of the Christian religion in most universities is considered as a part of general education courses. Owing to this fact, we have the obligation to open dialogues with scholars of Sinology, the humanities and social sciences. However, we must know our own point d’appui and be equipped with the capacity for dialogue before starting the actual dialogue. This is the very aims that we have devoted ourselves to in our School.

The Graduate School of Religion has earned a reputation for setting a high standard in both teaching and research. The faculty has endeavored to develop the study of the Christian religion in two ways: (1) to perpetuate the Christian tradition as our religious heritage; (2) to deepen and broaden Christianity as a cultural theory in the humanities and social sciences. This twofold endeavor is meant to transform Christianity into a source of thought for contemporary Sino-society, so that the “studies of the Christian religion” can become an official department in the Chinese speaking world, and also a field which cannot be overlooked.

Mission

The aim of the Graduate School of Religion is to perpetuate and develop the heritage of Christianity, and make use of this resource to purify souls and thoughts of people in Taiwan. Christianity has existed a long time in the Chinese world. However, finding intellectuals who are willing to devote themselves to perpetuating and developing Christian thought has been very difficult. One of the main reasons is that there are no Christian academic faculties in other universities in Taiwan. Facing the challenges from the intellectual circles of the humanities and social sciences, the purpose in establishing the Graduate School of Religion was to turn Chung Yuan Christian University from a university with Christian features to a university with academic competency in the intellectual circles. Furthermore, we would also like to share the responsibilities of shepherding and purifying minds, a burden which is now only met by the churches in Taiwan. To train researchers in the field of Christian studies, our department offers a wide range of courses, including the philosophy of religion, “Chinesization” of Christian theology, and research on the relationships between Christianity and Chinese culture, history, and art. We have put much effort into building and maintaining a deep and long lasting relationship between teachers and students. We believe teachers learn most by teaching others. Finally, we hope to foster fine communications and connections between churches and religious sects in different religions.

This Graduate School of Religion was set up to perpetuate this Christian heritage, in the hope of turning it into a prevailing trend in Taiwan’s society, making it a resource for the purification of the heart and the rectification of the mind.

The Christian belief was introduced into the Chinese-speaking world a long time ago, but there has been a lack of focused intellectual efforts to make its presence stronger or to develop it and perpetuate it. The reason is that there has been no Christian academic institute in the local university system.

The challenges present in the academic disciplines of the humanities and social sciences has prompted the School of Religion to adopt a new mission; that is to turn the University from being just a Christian university to one that not only can compete in the academia and the intellectual world, but at the same time share with the church the responsibilities of pastoring as well as cleansing the heart, mind, and spirit for salvation. Hence, well-equipped scholars of Christian belief are needed. To cope with this demand, various topics for research are offered, such as the study of the Christian belief as a philosophy, the study of the “Chinesization” of Christian Theology as well as research in the inter-connectiveness between Christianity and Chinese history, culture, and art. It is hoped that through these intellectual pursuits, daily interactions between teachers and students would become a basis for solid relationships whereby teaching and learning would become mutually enhancing. Ultimately this institute would become a bridge connecting all Christian churches or denominations of Christian beliefs for greater unity.

Objectives

  1. Today and Tomorrow
    Ever since its earliest founding days, Chung Yuan Christian University has been staunchly following its motto “Faith in Deeds” (Du Xin Li Xing?) based on the rock solid belief in Jesus Christ. This Graduate School was set up to perpetuate this Christian heritage, in the hope of turning it into a prevailing trend in Taiwan society, making it a resource for the purification of the heart and the rectification of the mind.

    The Christian belief was introduced into the Chinese-speaking world a long time ago, but there has been a lack of focused intellectual efforts to make its presence stronger or to develop it and perpetuate it. The reason is that there has been no Christian academic institute in the local university system.

    The challenges present in the academic disciplines of the Humanities and Social Science has prompted the School of Religion to adopt a new mission; that is to turn the University from being just a Christian university to one that not only can compete in the academia and the intellectual world, but at the same time sharing with the church the responsibilities of pastoring as well as cleansing the heart, mind and spirit for Salvation.

    Hence, well-equipped scholars of Christian belief are needed. To cope with this demand, various topics for research are offered, such as the study of the Christian belief as a philosophy, the study of the “Chinesization” of Christian Theology as well as research in the inter-connectiveness between Christianity and Chinese history, culture, fine arts and art.

    It is hoped that through these intellectual pursuits, daily interactions between teachers and students would become a basis for solid relationships whereby teaching and learning would become mutually enhancing. Ultimately this institute would become a bridge connecting all Christian churches or denominations of Christian beliefs for the great unity.

  2. What Makes Us Unique
    This Institute dedicated to the study of Christianity from an academic perspective, seeks to explore and develop the thoughts and culture unique to Christian belief and apply such precious resources to of contemporary Chinese culture and social studies.

    It seeks also to cultivate for domestic needs research experts, who will contribute to (a) the Philosophical Study of Christianity (b) the promotion of the “Chinesization” of Christian Theology, (c) the endeavor to establish the connectiveness between Christianity and Chinese history, culture, fine arts and art.

    All these would seek to upgrade the quality of the human resources for Christian social welfare.

    To achieve these goals, the Graduate School of Religion has been setting up and developing exclusive research centers for specialized fields or issues of great concern such as “Hermeneutics and Religious Philosophy”, “Chinese Christianity and Evolution of Global Culture”, “Christian Theology and Taiwanese Culture”, “History of Chinese-Speaking Churches”, etc.

  3. Our Goals
    1. To cultivate academic research scholars or experts as well as Life Education experts for local needs.
    2. To cultivate experts in the research of local Christianity.
    3. To train professionals so as to promote the standard of local Christian social welfare service, Christian literatures, culture and arts.
    4. To collaborate with Seminaries of Christian Theology or of Christian Spirituality in Taipei Area or in Taoyuan, Xinzhu and Miaoli counties on offering extension programs to train full-time or on-the-job Christian workers.
    5. To set up a PhD program.
    6. To promote international academic exchange by.
      1. hosting international academic conferences every year.
      2. developing international academic exchanges.
      3. planning special-topic talk series hosted by internationally renowned scholars.
      4. promoting cross-disciplinary studies of Christianity and Humanities.
    7. To promote integration of cross-disciplinary studies by:
      1. publishing academic journals or book series

    promoting the collaboration on cross-disciplinary studies between this Institute and Christian churches or related religious bodies.
  4. Career Prospect
    Graduates are prepared to pursue the careers in the following areas:
    1. Administrators with religious organizations
    2. Teachers of religious education
    3. Full-time pastors
    4. Deacons at churches
    5. Counselors
    6. Or they could pursue a PhD degree
  5. Conferences, Workshops, Seminars & Speeches we have hosted
    1. 2009 The International Congress of the 99th Anniversary of Chinese Union Version Bible)
    2. 2009 Theological Studies of Soren Kierkegaard
    3. 2009 The International Congress of Ethnic Chinese Biblical Scholars
    4. 2008 International Conference Religious Conflicts in Post-secular Era: Idea and Phenomena
    5. 2008 Professor Robert Jewett: “Seminar on the Book Romans”
    6. 2007 Hermeneutics and the Reading of the Bible Or ‘Reading a page
    7. 2006 Seminars held by visiting Professor Liu, Xiao-feng
    8. 2006 Christ and the World: International Conference of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Sino-Theology
    9. 2005 Seminars held by Prof. Jürgen Moltmann
    10. 2004 International Round-Table Symposium on God and Public Life: Religious and Philosophical Resources for Sino-Christian Public Theology

Future Prospects

  1. To launch a Ph.D. program.
  2. To hold annual international conferences, and to invite renowned scholars to come for short-term lectureships or seminars. So far we have invited Jürgen Moltmann, Michael Welker, David Clines, Robert Jewett, Leo G. Perdue, Heiko Schulz, Mark Brett, Graham Ward, MiroslavVolf, Christiane Tietzm, Philip R Davies to our School.
  3. To establish research centers that promote both individual faculty scholarship and collaborative multidisciplinary development. The centers we have established are as follows: Research Center for Chinese Christianity; Sino-Theology Research Center; and the Hermeneutics and Philosophy of Religion Research Center.
  4. To cooperate with the Graduate School of Education of CYCU in developing the “Holistic curriculum” for training primary and secondary school teachers.
  5. To collaborate with theological seminaries in developing a “public continuing education program” for the Christian population in the counties of Taoyuan, Hsinchu, and Miaoli.
  6. Although the School at present only offers a graduate program leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Religious Studies, a Ph.D. program will be established in the near future.

Undergraduate

Graduate

M.A. Program:

  1. Credits for Graduation: 39 (required courses 10 + elective courses 23 + thesis 6)
  2. Students should seek the approval of their supervisors concerning what courses to take that would best suit their potential research concerns and ultimately work toward a topic for their MA thesis.
  3. Students are required to participate in at least two academic conferences during the course of their graduate study, and have proof of their attendance.

Continuing Education Program (Master of Arts)

  1. Credits for Graduation: 43 (required courses 13 + elective courses 24 + thesis 6)
  2. Same as above 2. and 3. for M.A. Graduate Study

Competence We aim to equip the students with the ability of integrating and responding to contingencies, professional knowledge and creativity and problem-solving ability in the following categories:

  1. The cultivation of elite researchers and teachers in the area of Christian theology in the Chinese Academy of Religious Studies.
  2. The human resources of different cultural perspectives of Christianity in Taiwan.
  3. The faculty of the holistic life and religious education.

General Description The school offers diverse high quality courses in the area of Christian theology, philosophy, religion and counseling. On top of taught courses, the purpose of the requirement of a thesis is to establish and demonstrate the student’s competence in the theological and philosophical disciplines after years of study. In writing a thesis the student is expected (1) to demonstrate critical knowledge of the main scholarly contributions to his/her chosen field, (2) to show that he/she can test critical hypotheses by the methods appropriate to his/her discipline, and (3) to provide a comprehensive and disciplined study of his/her research area which is coherently structured and appropriately argued.
The diverse nationalities, cultures and denominations of students in our school provide an enriching environment in which prior perspectives are challenged and broadened. Although high academic standards are a priority, the school is also committed to helping students grow spiritually.

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