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DM2/3/9709S

Themes and Trends in Global Theology and World Christianity

In this unit, students will explore theological and practical themes and trends in global theology and World Christianity, at postgraduate level. The unit helps students examine theological, missiological, and ecclesiological themes developing among Majority World Christians (sometimes called the Third World or the Global South)Indigenous Christians (especially Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, Native American, and First Nations), and diaspora Christians. This unit studies the expansion of Christianity in the Majority World and the implications for contextual and global theology and for World Christianity. Students will explore the implications of themes and trends in World Christianity for their own theology, mission, church, and context. Postgraduate students consider Indigenous People’s theology in more depth than at undergraduate level. 


Lecturer: Graham Hill
Offered: Refer to Timetable

Undergraduate: Level 3
Postgraduate: Level 9 Elective

Discipline: DM Theology: Mission and Ministry 

Prerequisites:

Undergraduate
2 units (36 points) from undergraduate level 1 
Postgraduate
2 units (48 points) from postgraduate level 8 


Learning Outcomes: 

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

Undergraduate

1. Outline key themes in global theology and World Christianity, and the expansion of Christianity in the Majority World. 
2. Describe theological approaches to global theology and global-local conversations (glocalisation). 
3. Identify the interrelationships between the expansion of Christianity in the Majority World, and colonialism, globalization, and Western theology and Christianity. 
4. Demonstrate a pastoral awareness of the ethical issues, responsibilities and boundary-setting criteria necessary for those working in the mental health field (including referral skills and multidisciplinary and interfaith sensitivity); 
5. (level 3) Apply and contextualize key themes in global theology and World Christianity to their missional, ecclesial, and societal settings. 

Postgraduate

1. Outline select themes in global theology and World Christianity, and the expansion of Christianity in the Majority World. 
2. Analyse processes for critical contextualisation of (and humble contribution to) global-local theological conversations. 
3. Discuss the interrelationships between the expansion of Christianity in the Majority World, and colonialism, globalization, and Western theology and Christianity. 
4. Explain the contribution and significance of Indigenous peoples (especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) theology. 
5. Apply and contextualize key themes in global theology and World Christianity to their missional, ecclesial, and societal settings. 


Assessments:

Undergraduate

Case Study (2 x 500 words) 25%
Minor Essay (1500 words) 25%
Major Essay (Level 2: 2000 words, Level 3: 2500 words) 50%

Postgraduate

Case Study (2 x 550 words) 25%
Minor Essay (1200 words) 25%
Essay (1200 words) 20%
Major Essay (3500 words) 40%


Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

Bevans, S.B. An Introduction to Theology in Global Perspective. (Maryknoll NY: Orbis, 2009). 

Hill, G. GlobalChurch: Reshaping Our Conversations, Renewing Our Mission, Revitalizing Our Churches. (Downers Grove IL: IVP Academic, 2016). 

Hill, G. Salt, Light, and a City, Second Edition: Conformation – Ecclesiology for the Global Missional Community: Volume 2, Majority World Voices. (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2019). 

Jenkins, P. The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). 

Jenkins, P. The New Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity. 3d expanded ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). 

Johnstone, P. The Future of the Global Church: History, Trends, and Possibilities. (Downers Grove IL: InterVarsity Press, 2011). 

Keener, C. and M.D. Carroll R., eds. Global Voices: Reading the Bible in the Majority World. (Peabody MA: Hendricksen, 2013). 

Noll, M.A. From Every Tribe and Nation: A Historian’s Discovery of the Global Christian Story. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2014). 

Ott, C. and H.A. Netland, eds. Globalizing Theology: Belief and Practice in an Era of World Christianity. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2006). 

Ramachandra, V. Subverting Global Myths: Theology and the Public Issues Shaping Our World. (Downers Grove IL: InterVarsity Press, 2008). 

Sanneh, L. Disciples of All Nations: Pillars of World Christianity. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008). 

Sanneh, L. Whose Religion Is Christianity? The Gospel Beyond the West. (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003). 

Tennent, T.C. Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007).