General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Contemporary Controversies Surrounding the Birth of Christ
Language English
Module lecturer ks. prof. dr hab. Bogusław Kochaniewicz
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position
Faculty Faculty of Theology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30
USOS code 0039


Wednesday, 15.00-16.30

Module aim (aims)

The aim of this course is to improve one of the fundamental truth of faith, concerning the birth of Messiah.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

The basic knowledge of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is required.


1. Birth of Christ- Fundamental Truth of Faith- Part of the Apostolic Creed

2. Virginal Conception of Christ and Contemporary Exegesis

3. Biology versus Virginal Birth of Christ

4. Virginal Birth of Christ versus Contemporary Culture

5. Virginal Birth of Christ and Ecumenical Dialogue

6. Virginal Birth of Christ and Interreligious Dialogue

7. Virginal Birth of Christ in the Feminist Theology

8. Birth of Christ in the Concemporary Teaching of the Church


Reading list

G. Ludemann, Virgin Birth? The Real Story of Mary and Her Son JEsus. Trinity PRess Internationa: Harrisburg 1998. 

P. Haffner, The Mystery of Mary. Liturgy Training Publications: Chicago 2004.

C.F. Ripley, This is the Faith: A Complete Explanation of the Catholic Faith. Rockford 2002.

E.E. Hindson, "THe Virgin Birth". The Fundamentals for the Twenty-First Century: Examining the Crucial Issues of the Christian Faith. Grand Rapids 2000.

E. Drewermann, Discovering the God Child Within: A Spiritual Psychology of the Infancy of Jesus. New York 1994.

R.E. Brown, The Birth of the MEssiah: A Commentary on the Infancy Narratives in Matthew and Luke. New York 1977.

R.E Brown, The Virginal Conception and Bodily Resurrection of Jesus. Paulist Press. New York 1973.