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CT1/8001S

Theology for today’s world

Foundational unit for postgraduates

The unit aims to provide a basic introduction to the nature and methodology of theology. Particular attention is given to the task of engaging with specific Christian doctrines and their relevance to the Church in contemporary culture.

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

  1. Outline and describe the nature and scope of Christian theology as a critical discipline, identifying the main fields of Christian doctrine.
  2. Explain how Scripture, tradition, reason, experience, culture, and faith practices contribute to the formation and understanding of theology, and their place in divine revelation and faith formation.
  3. Describe the connections between key elements of Christian theology.
  4. Identify the content and influence of elements of theology and their relationship to key Christian concepts, such as the Kingdom of God, with respect for Christian life and ministry today.
  5. (postgraduate) Articulate the importance of context and the role it plays in the work of doing theology.

 

Prequisites: nil

Faculty: Brian Macallan

Offered: In 2017 for Catalyst students (WA)

Assessment:

Undergraduate

2 Reading responses (500 words each) = 30%
Book review (1000 words) = 30 %
Major Essay (1500 words) = 40%

Postgraduate

3 Reading responses (500 words each) = 20%
Book review (1500 words) = 30%
Major Essay (3000 words) = 50%

Recommended Reading:

Barth, K. Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans. 1996.
Franke, J.R. Manifold Witness: The Plurality of Truth. Abingdon. Nashville. 2009.
* Grenz, S.J.  Created for community: connecting Christian belief with Christian living. Grand Rapids, Baker. 1996-1998.
Grenz, S.J & Olson, R.E. Who needs theology? An invitation to the study of God. Downers Grove: IVP. 1996.
McGrath, A.E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. Oxford, Blackwell. 1994-2010.
McGrath, A.E., (ed). The Christian Theology Reader. Oxford, Blackwell. 1995.
Migliore, D. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology, 2nd edn. Grand Rapids/Cambridge, Eerdmans. 2004.
O’Collins, G & Farrugia E.G. A Concise Dictionary of Theology. York. Paulist Press. 2000.
Olson, R.E. The mosaic of Christian belief. Grand Rapids, IVP, Downers Grove. 2009.
Tillich, P. A History of Christian Thought, ed. Carl E. Braaten. New York and Evanston: Harper and Row. 1968.