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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.

Lecturer: Stephen Curkpatrick
Offered: Refer to Timetable
Delivery: Face-to-Face (also delivered online CT1/8711S)

Undergraduate: Level 1
Postgraduate: Level 8

 CT Christian Thought and History


Learning Outcomes: 

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

  1. Explain the nature and scope of Christian theology as a critical discipline, identifying the main fields of Christian thought;
  2. Discuss critically the contribution of the major sources for theology: revelation, scripture, tradition, reason, experience, culture and praxis;
  3. Evaluate and articulate several approaches to theological work and their methodologies; apply critical criteria to the task of evaluating theological work;
  4. Discuss, analyse and critically evaluate central elements in the Christian understanding of God as creator and redeemer and the implication of these elements;
  5. 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%

Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

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.