Introduction to Theology
This foundational unit aims to provide a basic introduction to the nature and methodology of theology. Particular attention is given to the task of developing a responsible theological expression of Christian faith in contemporary culture.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Explain the nature and scope of Christian theology as a critical discipline, identifying the main fields of Christian thought;
- Discuss critically the contribution of the major sources for theology: revelation, scripture, tradition, reason, experience, culture and praxis;
- Evaluate and articulate several approaches to theological work and their methodologies; apply critical criteria to the task of evaluating theological work;
- Discuss, analyse and critically evaluate central elements in the Christian understanding of God as creator and redeemer and the implication of these elements;
- Develop basic research skills so as to explore other primary elements within Christian faith.
Book Review (1000 words) 30%
2 x Document Studies (500 words each) 20%
Essay (1750 words) 50%
Book Review (1500 words) 25%
3 x Document Studies (750 words each) 35%
Essay (3000 words) 40%
Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids Michigan: Eerdmans, 1963, 1996.
John R. Franke, Manifold Witness:The Plurality of Truth. Nashville TN: Abingdon, 2009.
David F. Ford, Theology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: OUP, 1999.
Bradley C. Hanson, Introduction to Christian Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.
Robert W. Jenson, Systematic TheologyVolume I: The Triune God. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Alister E. McGrath, ed. Christian Theology: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell, 1994.
_______ Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution. New York: HarperOne, 2007.
Daniel L. Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, 2ndedn. Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1991, 2004.
*Gerald O’Collins, SJ and Edward G. Farrugia, SJ, A Concise Dictionary Of Theology, rev. & exp. New York /Mahwah NJ: Paulist Press, 2000.
George Pattison, A Short Course in Christian Doctrine. London: SCM, 2005.
Paul Tillich, A History of Christian Thought, ed. Carl E. Braaten. New York and Evanston: Harper and Row, 1968.