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|Fall 2018||Phone: 303-765-3166|
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This introduction to Christian theology will focus on systematic theology, that is, what are the traditional loci (topics or rubrics) that form a complete theological system, how do they fit together, and how does thinking them as a system influence theological thinking? We will look at how the Christian theological tradition provides resources for contemporary theology. As examples we will take a close look at the locus of Christology.
Professional Degree Learning Goals for Constructive Theology Area:
Constructive Theology (TH): critically engage historical and contemporary theological expressions of religious traditions and articulate one's own constructive theological position in relation to contemporary events and/or situations.
After taking this class, students will be able to:
- Say, with authenticity, “Wow. I read, engaged, and analyzed some really interesting authors. Some were fun, some were a slog, but they pushed me to think and respond in ways I hadn’t yet.”
- Articulate what some of the theological genres are that writers in the Christian tradition have developed.
- Articulate what systematic theology is.
- Speak knowledgably about some of the touchstones in the history of Christian thought in general and on Christology in particular.
- Demonstrate awareness of what the traditional theological loci are (and say what a theological locus is), and see how the loci hang together.
- Write academic papers with increased ability to formulate a claim and support it with apt textual evidence.
The following books are for purchase:
James Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree
Anne Joh, Heart of the Cross
B. A. Gerrish, Christian Faith: Dogmatics in Outline
Further readings will be provided via Canvas
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