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BN/CT2/3/9031S

Theological Testimony: Romans

This unit engages major theological themes of Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Applied work will be undertaken with selected historical and contemporary theological uses of Romans in formulating Christian identity and values. Focus on Romans as theological testimony will be explored through selected hermeneutical and philosophical approaches to evil and shame, finitude and faith, debt and gift.


Lecturer: Stephen Curkpatrick
Offered: Refer to Timetable

Undergraduate: Level 2 and 3
Postgraduate: Level 9 elective unit 

Prerequisites:

If taken as a CT (Systematic Theology) unit:
Level 2: CT1/8011S Introduction to Theology (or equivalent)
Level 3: 54 points in CT (Systematic Theology)

If taken as a BS (Biblical Studies) unit:
Level 2: 1 Level 1 Field B (Biblical Studies) unit; CT1/8011S Introduction to Theology (or equivalent)
Level 3: 45 points in Field B (Biblical Studies);  CT1/8011S Introduction to Theology (or equivalent)

 

Postgraduate:  CT1/8011S Introduction to Theology (or equivalent)


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

Undergraduate

  1. Articulate and evaluate enduring theological issues in the reception of Romans and recognise their significance in historical debates and contemporary forums;
  2. Articulate several theological and hermeneutical approaches to interpreting Romans and develop skills for reading theological testimony;
  3. Critically evaluate theological approaches to reading Romans in formulating Christian identity and values;
  4. Develop integrative skills for reading and interpreting Romans in its engagement with enduring theological and philosophical questions of human existence (Third level).

Postgraduate

  1. Critically evaluate enduring theological issues in the reception of Romans and recognise their significance in historical debates and contemporary forums;
  2. Analyse several theological and hermeneutical approaches to interpreting Romans and develop skills for reading theological testimony;
  3. Critically evaluate theological approaches to reading Romans in formulating Christian identity and values;
  4. Demonstrate integrative skills for researching and interpreting Romans in its engagement with enduring theological and philosophical questions of human existence.

Assessment:

Level 2 (undergraduate)
Four 500 word document studies                                                40%
Two 1250 word essays                                                                     60%

Level 3 (undergraduate)
Four 500 word document studies                                                40%
Two 1300 word essays or one 3000 word essay                        60%

Level 9 (postgraduate)
Four 750 word document studies                                                    50%
One 3000 word essay                                                                         50%


Select Bibliography:

Augustine, Confessions, trans. with an introduction, R.S. Pine-Coffin. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1961.
Badiou, A. Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism, trans. Ray Brassier. Stanford: Stanford UP, 2003.
Barth, K. The Epistle to the Romans, trans. from the sixth edition by E.C. Hoskyns, London: Oxford University Press, 1977.
Byrne, B. Romans. Sacra Pagina Series, Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1996.
Ebeling, G. Luther: An Introduction to his Thought, trans. R.A. Wilson. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1972.
Hay, D.M. & Johnson, E.E. eds. Pauline Theology. Volume III: Romans, Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995.
Jenson, Robert W. Systematic Theology (Vol. 1):  The Triune God.  New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.
Jüngel, E. God as the Mystery of the World: In the Foundation of the Theology of the Crucified One in the Dispute between Theism and Atheism, trans. Darrell L. Guder. Grand Rapids and Edinburgh: Eerdmans and T&T Clark, 1983.
Käsemann, E. Commentary on Romans. Translated and Edited by G. W. Bromiley. London: SCM, 1980.
Kasper, W. The God of Jesus Christ, trans. Matthew J. O’Connell, New York: Crossroad, 2005.
Kierkegaard, S. Fear and Trembling and Repetition, trans. ed. intro. and notes Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1983.
Kierkegaard, S. The Concept of Anxiety, trans. ed. and notes Reidar Thomte in collab. with Albert B. Anderson. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1980.
Lull, T. ed. Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings, Second Edition, 2nd edition ed. William R. Russell. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2005.
Luther, M. Lectures on Romans: Glosses and Scolia. Luther’s Works, Vol. 25. trans. Walter G. Tillmanns & Jacob A.O. Preus, ed. Hilton C. Oswald. Saint Louis: Concordia Publishing, 1972.
McGrath, A. Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution. New York: HarperOne, 2007.
Pascal, B. Pensées and Other Writings, trans. Honor Levi, ed. with an Introduction and Notes by Anthony Levi. Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 1995.
Volf, M. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996.