Content

This unit provides an introduction to the themes, nature, and scope of Christian thought, enabling students to identify the skills necessary for reading, thinking and writing during their study of theology.

Unit code: CT8701W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Systematic Theology

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes

1.

Understand and evaluate the origins and development of some key terms, fields, and themes in theological studies

2.

Identify and explain number of critical events and persons in the history of Christian thought

3.

Demonstrate skills in critically evaluating theological arguments, both individually and in conversation with others

4.

Articulate and defend some important influences in their own approach to theology

5.

Exhibit critical and self-directed learning in, and research for, postgraduate theological study

Pedagogy

Lectures, online discussions, tutorial discussions, online tests

Indicative Bibliography

  • Barth, Karl. Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. Translated by Grover Foley. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1979.
  • Chan, Simon. Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith from the Ground Up. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2014.
  • Coakley, Sarah. God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay ‘On the Trinity’. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.
  • Evans, James H. We Have Been Believers: An African-American Systematic Theology. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2012.
  • Ford, David. Theology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.
  • Hart, Trevor A. Faith Thinking: The Dynamics of Christian Theology. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1995.
  • McClendon Jr., James William. Systematic Theology, Volume 2: Doctrine. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1994.
  • McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. 5th ed., Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • Migliore, Daniel L. Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology. 3rd ed., Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2014.
  • Morse, Christopher. Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief. 2nd ed., Valley Forge, PA: Trinity Press, 2008.
  • The Rainbow Spirit Elders. Rainbow Spirit Theology: Toward an Australian Aboriginal Theology. 2nd ed., Hindmarsh: ATF Press, 2012.
  • Sölle, Dorothee. Thinking About God: An Introduction to Theology. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016.

Assessment

Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Short Answer Tests

Short Test (1,500 words)

0 13.0
Essay

Essay (4,000 words)

0 50.0
Short Answer Tests

Short Test (1,500 words)

0 12.0
Forum

Online Forum (1,500 words)

0 25.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 17 Oct, 2018

Unit record last updated: 2019-04-24 13:39:41 +1000