Introduction to Theology
Content: This 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.
Learning outcomes: At the completion of this unit, students will be able:
- 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;
- (and for undergraduates) Outline and discuss briefly other central elements in the Christian faith.
- (and for postgraduates) Develop basic research skills so as to explore other primary elements within Christian faith.
Faculty: Stephen Curkpatrick
Pre-requisite: there are no pre-requisites for this subject.
Offered: 2018, 1st semester at Mulgrave (face-to-face and online)
One 1000 word book review (30%)
Two 500 word document studies (20%)
One 1,750 word essay (50%)
Two 750 word document studies (20%)
One 1,500 word book review (30%)
One 3,000 word essay (50%)
** = recommended for purchase
Karl Barth, Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids Michigan: Eerdmans, 1963, 1996.
Roger E. Olsen, God in Dispute: Conversations among great Christian thinkers. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker, 2009.
Gordon S. Dicker, Faith with Understanding. Melbourne: JBCE, 1989.
John R. Franke, Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth. Nashville TN: Abingdon, 2009.
Bradley C. Hanson, Introduction to Christian Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1997.
Robert W. Jenson, Systematic Theology Volume I: The Triune God. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Alister E. McGrath, ed. Christian Theology: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell, 1994.
** Alister E. McGrath, Mere Theology : Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind, London: SPCK Publishing, 2010.
Alister E. McGrath, ed. The Christian Theology Reader. Oxford: Blackwell, 1995.
Daniel L. Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1991, 2004.
Gerald O’Collins SJ and Edward G. Farrugia SJ, A Concise Dictionary of Theology, revised & expanded. New York / Mahwah N.J.: Paulist Press, 2000.
Paul Tillich, A History of Christian Thought, ed. Carl E. Braaten. New York and Evanston: Harper and Row, 1968.