Content

This seminar-based unit enables students to integrate continuing studies in Field C with a focus on theological and historical influences, expressions and aspirations in Australian Churches of Christ identity and contemporary witness. The unit examines biblical, historical, theological and philosophical precursors to the nineteenth century Restoration movement in the USA (“Disciples of Christ”) and its subsequent expressions in Australia and Asia, along with continuing influences, conversations, tensions and aspirations in Churches of Christ identity.

Unit code: CT3097S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Critically examine significant biblical, historical, theological and philosophical precursors to the nineteenth century Restoration movement (“Disciples of Christ”) and its foundational emphases.

2.

Describe and discuss historical expressions and directions emerging from the Disciples of Christ since 1830, especially those relating to Australian Churches of Christ.

3.

Evaluate theologically, historical and contemporary aspects of Churches of Christ identity and witness.

4.

Develop a theological critique of Churches of Christ identity with reference to emerging trajectories of its expression

5.

Demonstrate theological critical skills in formulating and executing a research project.

Unit sequence

60 points in Field C or 180 course points with at least 45 points in Field C

Pedagogy

On-line engagement and discussion; on-line tutorials utilizing the facilities of ARK

Indicative Bibliography

  • Blakemore, W.B., gen. ed. The Renewal of the Church: The Panel of Scholars Reports, 3 vols. St. Louis: Bethany Press, 1963.
  • Blowers, P.M., ed. The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005. (recommended for purchase)
  • Blowers, P.M., et al, eds. The Stone-Campbell Movement: A Global History, Danvers: Chalice, 2013. (recommended for purchase)
  • Carson, G.T., Foster D.A., & Holloway C.J. eds. One Church: A Bicentennial Celebration of Thomas Campbell’s Declaration and Address. Abilene: Leafwood Publishers, 2009.
  • Campbell, T. Declaration and Address; Stone BW and others. Last Will and Testament of the Springfield Presbytery. St. Louis: Bethany Press, 1960.
  • Crow, PA, & James O. Duke, eds. The Church for Disciples of Christ: Seeking to Be Truly Church Today: A Report and Resource by The Commission on Theology Council on Christian Unity. St. Louis: Christian Board of Publication, 1998.
  • Garrett, L. The Stone-Campbell Movement: An Anecdotal History of Three Churches. Joplin: College Press, 1981, 1983.
  • Locke, J. The Reasonableness of Christianity with A Discourse of Miracles and part of A Third Letter Concerning Toleration, edited, abridged and introduced by IT Ramsey. London: A&C Black, 1958.
  • McLoughlin, W.G. Revivals, Awakenings and Reform: An Essay on Religion and Social Change in America, 1607-1977. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1978.
  • Niebuhr, H.R. The Kingdom of God in America. New York: Harper, 1937/1959.
  • Seale, J.M., ed. Lectures in Honor of the Alexander Campbell Bicentennial, 1788–1988. Nashville: Disciples of Christ Historical Society, 1988.
  • North, J.B. Union in Truth: An Interpretive History of the Restoration Movement. Cincinnati: Standard Publishing, 1994.
  • Toulouse, M.G. Joined in Discipleship: The Shaping of Contemporary Disciples Identity, St. Louis: Chalice, 1997.
  • Toulouse, M.G., ed. Walter Scott: A Nineteenth Century Evangelical. St. Louis: Chalice, 1999.
  • Williams E.L., Churches of Christ: an interpretation. Melbourne: Vital, 1980.
  • Williams E.L., A Biblical Approach To Unity. Melbourne: Austral, 1957.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Project Report or Project Journal

5000 word project, with contributions from four 500 word document studies

0 20.0
Document Study

500 word document study contributing to a 5000 word project

0 20.0
Document Study

500 word document study contributing to a 5000 word project

0 20.0
Document Study

500 word document study contributing to a 5000 word project

0 20.0
Document Study

500 word document study contributing to a 5000 word project

0 20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by LTC on 4 Feb, 2016

Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:45 +1100