Christian Creeds and Doing Theology

Christian Creeds and Doing Theology

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Field: Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): CT1010T or CT1019T (online)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 1)
Delivery mode: Face-to-face and Online
Prerequisites: None
Prohibited Combinations: Cannot be taken if student has completed CT1000U (Groundwork in Theology) or equivalent
Content: The unit draws on the Christian Creeds viewed as a narrative framework for introducing students to the nature and scope of systematic theology, its sources, norms, including revelation and the relationship between faith and reason. It looks at historical moments in the development of theology, covering at least two of the following areas:  the patristic period, the Reformation, and theology since the modern period.  
Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • define and use a range of key theological terms which constitute the requisite technical vocabulary for systematic theology
  • articulate an understanding of the role of systematic theology and how it may be done
  • identify and distinguish the various sources on which Christian theology draws
  • describe the development of key creedal doctrines, their inter-relationship and importance for contemporary theology and today’s contexts
  • 1 x book review of 1,000 words (30%)
  • 1 x essay of 2,500 words (50%)
  • 2 x tutorial discussion papers of 500 words each (face-to-face) OR tutorial reflection  equivalent of 1,000 words (online) (20%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Barth, K. Dogmatics in Outline. London: SCM, 1949 (1973).

Dulles, A. The Craft of Theology. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1992.

Fiorenza, F.S. and J.P. Galvin, eds. Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, 2 vols, 2nd edition. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011.

Ford, D.F. Theology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: OUP, 1999.

Guthrie, S. C. Christian Doctrine. Rev. ed. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1994.

Hunt, A. et al, eds. The Foundations of Christian Faith: An Introduction for Students. Southbank: Social Science Press, 2004.

* McGrath, A.E. The Christian Theology Reader, 4th edition. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

McGrath, A.E. Theology: The Basics. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.

McGrath, A.E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. 5th ed. Oxford: Blackwells, 2011.

Migliore, D.L. Faith Seeking Understanding. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Moltmann, J. Experiences in Theology: Ways and Forms of Christian Theology. London: SCM, 2000.

Ratzinger, J. Principles of Catholic Theology: Building Stones for a Fundamental Theology. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1987.

 Lecturer: The Revd Dr Don Saines
 Timetable: Offered in 2017 in Semester 2 only.