Contemporary Christian identity: heuristic explorations by reference to John’s Prologue
This unit is a heuristic exploration of contemporary Christian identity by reference to John’s Prologue. Major themes encompass human identity and relationality, virtual reality and materiality, language and communication, time and volition. These themes are engaged within a heuristic exploration of contemporary challenges to Christian faith and practice through the Prologue’s particular compression of theology, which will form a distinctive formative method for articulating responses.
Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- Articulate enduring theological impetuses of John’s Prologue, with recognition of its unique expression of Christian theology;
- Identity and articulate selected contemporary challenges to integral Christian identity, faith and practice;
- Evaluate the theological significance of human identity and relationality, virtual reality and materiality, language and communication, time and volition;
- Engage heuristic methods in exploration and expression of contemporary Christian identity by reference to the Prologue’s particular compression of theology;
- Demonstrate advanced undergraduate skills for theological reflection in relation to John’s Prologue and contemporary Christian identity.
- (Postgraduate) Demonstrate advanced skills for theological reflection and research in relation to John’s Prologue and contemporary Christian identity
750 word pre-intensive reading assessment 15%
3 x 500 word document studies 35%
1 x 2,250 word essay 50%
1000 word pre-intensive reading assessment 15%
3 x 700 word document studies 35%
1 x 3,000 word essay 50%
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