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CH/CT3/9097S

Integrative Seminar: Churches of Christ Identity

also offered online as CH/CT3/9797

elective unit for postgraduate

Content:

This seminar-based unit enables students to integrate continuing studies in Field C with a focus on theological and historical influences, expressions and aspirations in Australian Churches of Christ identity and contemporary witness. The unit examines biblical, historical, theological and philosophical precursors to the nineteenth century Restoration movement in the USA (“Disciples of Christ”) and its subsequent expressions in Australia and Asia, along with continuing influences, conversations, tensions and aspirations in Churches of Christ identity.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

undergraduate level 3

  1. Critically examine significant biblical, historical, theological and philosophical precursors to the nineteenth century Restoration movement (“Disciples of Christ”) and its foundational emphases.
  2. Describe and discuss historical expressions and directions emerging from the Disciples of Christ since 1830, especially those relating to Australian Churches of Christ.
  3. Evaluate theologically, historical and contemporary aspects of Churches of Christ identity and witness.
  4. Develop a theological critique of Churches of Christ identity with reference to emerging trajectories of its expression.
  5. Demonstrate theological critical skills in formulating and executing a research project.

postgraduate level 9

  1. Critically examine significant biblical, historical, theological and philosophical precursors to the nineteenth century Restoration movement (“Disciples of Christ”) and its foundational emphases.
  2. Describe and discuss historical expressions and directions emerging from the Disciples of Christ since 1830, especially those relating to Australian Churches of Christ.
  3. Evaluate theologically, historical and contemporary aspects of Churches of Christ identity and witness.
  4. Develop a theological critique of Churches of Christ identity with reference to emerging trajectories of its expression.
  5. Develop a researched theological critique of Churches of Christ identity in its variegated expressions, with particular reference to contemporary theological and cultural challenges for Christian identity

 

Pre-requisites:

for undergraduates –
60 points in Field C or 180 course points with at least 45 points in Field C
for postgraduates
45 points in Field C or 60 course points with at least 30 points in Field C

Offered: as a integrative seminar in 2015 (intensive) and online in 2016 (semester 2)

Assessment:

undergraduate – Four 500 word document studies contributing to a 5000 word project: 100%
postgraduate – Four 750 word document studies contributing to a 6000 word project: 100%

Recommended Reading:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Blakemore, W.B., gen. ed. The Renewal of the Church: The Panel of Scholars Reports, 3 vols. St. Louis: Bethany Press, 1963.
*Blowers, P.M., ed. The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
*Blowers, P.M., et al, eds. The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History, Danvers: Chalice, 2013.
Carson, G.T., Foster D.A., & Holloway C.J. eds. One Church: A Bicentennial Celebration of Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address. Abilene: Leafwood Publishers, 2009.
Campbell, T. Declaration and Address; Stone BW and others. Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery. St. Louis: Bethany Press, 1960.
Crow, PA, & James O. Duke, eds. The Church for Disciples of Christ: Seeking To Be Truly Church Today: A Report and Resource by The Commission on Theology Council on Christian Unity. St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1998.
Garrett, L. The Stone-Campbell Movement: An Anecdotal History of Three Churches. Joplin: College Press, 1981, 1983.
Locke, J. The Reasonableness of Christianity with A Discourse of Miracles and part of A Third Letter Concerning Toleration, edited, abridged and introduced by IT Ramsey. London: A&C Black, 1958.
McLoughlin, W.G. Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform: An Essay on Religion and Social Change in America, 1607-1977. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1978.
Niebuhr, H.R. The Kingdom of God in America. New York: Harper, 1937/1959.
Seale, J.M., ed. Lectures in Honor of the Alexander Campbell Bicentennial, 1788–1988. Nashville: Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1988.
North, J.B. Union in Truth: An Interpretive History of the Restoration Movement. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 1994.
Stirling G. Churches of Christ: Reinterpreting Ourselves for the New Century. Melbourne: Vital Publications 1999.
Toulouse, M.G. Joined in Discipleship: The Shaping of Contemporary Disciples Identity, St. Louis: Chalice, 1997.
Toulouse, M.G., ed. Walter Scott: A Nineteenth Century Evangelical. St. Louis: Chalice, 1999.
Williams E.L., Churches of Christ: an interpretation. Melbourne: Vital, 1980.
Williams E.L., A Biblical Approach To Unity. Melbourne: Austral, 1957.

Ministry Resources:

Carslake, G. The Churches of Christ story: a resource for churches, 2009:   PDF     EPUB     MOBI