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Christian Theology: Doctrines and Debates (DIVI08025)







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Visiting students must have completed at least one introductory level Divinity/Religious Studies course at grade B or above for entry to this course. Only University/College level courses will be considered in this connection.

Course Summary

A critical and detailed study of selected doctrines of the Christian faith, dealing with such subjects as Scripture, the Trinity, Christology, pnematology, creation and providence. Particular attention is given to the biblical foundations and historical development of each doctrine, to the relation between the various doctrines, and to the contemporary interpretation and application of the doctrines.

Course Description

Academic Description: This is a foundational course in Christian theology that explores the importance of doctrine in the Christian faith, both historically and in its present day expressions. Students cover five key areas of doctrine (the Trinity, theological anthropology, Christology, Pneumatology, and ecclesiology), each of which is taught in relation to the Christian Scriptures, subsequent contextualised in its development throughout the history of Christianity, and challenged in relation to possible contemporary articulations of the doctrines in question. The goal of the course is that students will be introduced to systematic, historical and constructive approaches to Christian theology. Syllabus/Outline Content: The course has five units, each of which is covered in a two-week block: (i) The Trinity, (ii) Theological Anthropology, (iii) Christology, (iv) Pneumatology, and (v) Ecclesiology.Each unit covers the development of the topic concerned in five parts: (i) in the Christian Scriptures, (ii) in the early church, (iii) in the Medieval era, (iv) in the Reformation era, and (v) in contemporary theology. Student Learning Experience Information: The course is taught through a mixture of lectures and tutorials. There are three lectures and one tutorial per week. There are two tutorial readings per unit: one 'classic' and one 'modern'. Students are taught how to handle historic and contemporary theological texts comparatively, and with sensitivity to historical context. This, in turn, helps them to develop as constructive readers and theologians.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 60%, Coursework 40%, Practical Exam 0%

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