The Institute of Biblical Studies conducts a wide-ranging program of research and didactic activities, with fourteen faculty members constantly engaged in scientific research, in the spirit of the best Catholic traditions of biblical exegesis. The Institute has pioneered a program called "The Aramaic Bible", aimed at publishing a critical edition and translation into Polish of ancient Targums, the oldest Aramaic translations of and commentaries upon the Hebrew Bible. Our teaching staff  is also pursuing research into ancient Coptic literature, and publication of the critical edition of Aramaic Henochic texts from Qumran. Additionally, the biblical scholars of the Institute are serving on the editorial committee of the newest, 6th edition of the official Polish translation of the Bible (Biblia Tysiąclecia). Our research covert a wide range of exegetical and philological courses, with a particular emphasis on studies in Greek, Hebrew and Biblical Aramaic - a focus that bears abundant fruit in preparing our students for high-level, independent research.

 

 

The research at the Institute of Church History and Patrology is focused on the history of the universal and Polish Church in all historical periods. It covers a wide context of life, as well as social and political conditions, issues associated with the place and role of the Church in the world. Particular research is conducted in the field of theology and biblical exegesis of early Church writers of East and West.

 

 

Institute of Fundamental Theology

Department of Christology and Fundamental Ecclesiology
Fields of research: methodology and history of fundamental theology, justification for supernatural (Divine) character of Christianity, justification for the credibility of the Person of Jesus Christ and the Church, new arguments for the credibility of Christianity and the Church, theology of the Divine Revelation, theology of miracle, theology of faith, Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the identity of the Church, the identity of the Catholic Church in Poland.

Department of Religiology and Missiology
Fields of research: folk religiosity; the annual folk customs and rituals; rites of passage: birth, wedding, funeral; folk thanatology; religion of the Slavs; the Church and new religious movements; religions of non-European peoples (indigenous and universal religions in Africa); missiology; Latin American theology; Christian faith and the cyberculture; poverty, social exclusion and credibility of Christianity; theology of Religions methodological status; the idea of religion and its origins in theological perspective; Christianity and non-Christian religions; theology of religions and fundamental theology.

 

 

The research carried out in the Institute of Dogmatic Theology comprises the most essential subjects, scopes and aspects of contemporary theology. What it signifies is the interpretation and creative acquisition of the Christian and theological Tradition (the history of dogmas, historical theology), as well as the search for the principle of adequacy and application of the given results, placed in a contemporary context of the society and culture, religion and the Church (Christology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, Mariology). The systematisation thereof—in accordance with the readings of the Second Vatican Council—is conducted in line with the Christocentric, pnuemacentric and personalistic key. Another crucial factor that stimulates the research in question is an interdisciplinary cooperation of the employees of the Institute, which aims at overcoming the fragmentation of the specialisations, not only in the realm of systematic theology, but also of the humanities. Such a process brings about mutual and critical enrichment (philosophy, pedagogy, psychology).

 

 

The researches in the Institute of Moral Theology focuses on the basics of Christian morality, such as leading ideas, conscience, virtues, law and an ecumenical view on moral life. Christian moral anthropology takes an essential place. It is a foundation for formulation special conclusions. They include current, contemporary challenges in bioethics and social moral theology.

 

 

The Institute of Liturgy and Homiletics leads doctorate studies in the range of liturgy and homiletics with the specific fields of research designating individual chairs. The Department of Homiletics deals with research in formulating detailed standards emanating from the Homiletic Directory; with issues related to contextual homiletics; with the development of concepts related to theolinguistics; and with the study of the development of the idea of the new evangelization. Research of the Department of History of the Liturgy concerns history of the liturgy in Poland, and especially the post-Tridentine liturgy of the Camaldolese and the Benedictines. The Department of Pastoral Liturgy explores the nature of the Marian cult in the liturgy of the Church and the shape of liturgical life in Polish dioceses. The Department of Liturgical Theology and Liturgical Spirituality concentrates its investigations on greater theological depth of the liturgy; on the liturgical-sacramental dimension of Christian spirituality; and above all on the Roman and American liturgical theology. Also connected with the Institute of the Liturgy and Homiletics is the Institute of Pastoral-Liturgical Formation whose fields of research are mainly: sociological-theological basics of actualizing the Church; evangelization; the mystagogy of community; the formation of apostolic groups; and spiritual direction.

 

 

The Institute of Pastoral Theology and Catechetics conducts interdisciplinary theoretical and empirical research in four specializations.

Specialization of Practical Theology conducts research on contemporary trends of pastoral theology, theology of culture, theology of signs of the times, the relationship of the Church and the world, formation of priests, consecrated persons and lay Catholics, foundations and subject of pastoral care, various forms of specials pastoral, as well as the theology of charity and Christian volunteering, transformation of religion in Polish society, models of salvific activity of the Church in Poland, renewal of parish structures and parish ministry. Specialization of Catechetics explores the primary sources of catechesis, theological foundations, forms and methods of catechetical activity of the Church in Poland and abroad, history of school and parish catechesis in Poland, current trends in catechesis and religious education, teaching religion in a multicultural Europe, different models of the catechesis and religious education of children, adolescents and adults, including people with various disabilities, as well as methods of formation of catechists and RE teachers.

Specialization of Pastoral Care of Families focuses on issues such as: determinants of family life, upbringing in a Christian family, preparing to celebrate a sacramental marriage, apostolate of the Christian family, marriage and family counseling, task of family pastoral work in the light of current socio-cultural challenges, preparation of lay and clergy for family pastoral care.

Specialization of Media Education explores the means of social communication and their impact on contemporary audiences (human being in the information society), Internet and new technologies, globalization of culture, politics and economics, religious content in theater, film, radio broadcasts, newspapers and contemporary electronic media, as well as media ethics, media literacy, sacrum in the media and public relations in the Church.

 

 

The statutory research undertaken in the Ecumenical Institute are concentrated in the Chair of Protestant Theology and the Chair of Orthodox Theology. The first continues the subject: Church – dialogue – society­ which is aimed to the examination of the ecclesiological issues with special concern to the doctrinal and social output of the World Council of Churches and to the results of world ecumenical dialogues. The Chair of Orthodox Theology in 2017 begun the subject:  Theology and the Future of the Church and of the World which is aimed to systematization of the until now existing attempts and achievements in the field of Christian theology and searching the new directions of the development of Christian thought in the service of the Church and of the world. In addition to the statutory research two scholars from the Chair of Protestant Theology and one former employee of the same conduct the research on the subject Ecumenical Social Teaching, aimed to the construction of the social teaching contained in various documents of the World Council of Churches. This program is financed in the form of grant by the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

 

 

Religious music of different epochs and genres became the foundation of scientific research in the Institute of Musicology. Among frequently investigated issues one can find liturgical monody, religious polyphony and Polish folk songs in the living tradition. Moreover, the field of organ studies encompasses creating the bibliography of organs in Poland as well as acoustic research.  Furthermore, employees of the Institute work on the documentation of both the sources of religious music and theoretical tractates, as well as the reconstruction of scores.

 

 

The Institute of Family Studies and Social Work research followers undertake research on issues of family and man in a social perspective at the micro and macro levels. Researchers are focused on to show concern for the needs of people, especially of the disabled, the chronically and palliative ill, threatened of marginalization and his family. Explorations research also apply to internal and external conditions of the process of education, new media, personality and family determinants of the risk of dependence, the impact of the Internet on social functioning of individuals, determinants of risky behaviour and destructive. 

Other areas of scientific interests are: the place and the importance of family in the local, national and global community, social work for/with the family, social support of the family, social economy.

 


 

Centre UCRAINICUM of East European Research concentrates its activities an Polish-Ukrainian relations, the history and culture of  Poles in Ukraine, including the Christian dimension.  

 

 

The employees of the Institute of Church Archives, Libraries and Museums conduct research on the issues connected with church archival studies, the history of archival studies, library science and museology. In addition, they gather and share information on the collections of the church institutions and the ones which store the cultural collections of the Catholic Church. Another activity that the institute focuses on is editing sources for the history the Catholic Church in Poland.