Tools for studying Theology (Diploma)

Field: Systematic Theology OR Biblical Studies
Unit Code(s): CT0100T (Class based only) OR BS0100T (Class based only)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Diploma only
Delivery mode: Face-to-face
Prerequisites: None
Content: This unit offers an introduction to theological study and to the tools and knowledge that undergird the core disciplines of theology. It introduces the basic theological ideas and terms that are used across theological disciplines. It raises the issue of biblical authority and asks what it means to study Scriptures in translation. The unit also raises the key question of how we understand our theology in our own contexts, and how our experience affects the development of theological understanding.
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • articulate an understanding of basic theological terms and concepts
  • demonstrate a knowledge of how theological ideas have changed over time.
  • explain what is involved in English translation of the Bible and what criteria should be used in determining what constitutes a ‘good’ translation.
  • ability to explain how experience shapes theological development.
  • Essay of 1,000 words in biblical or theological theory or philosophical theology (45%)
  • Essay of 1,000 words in theology and ministry or theology and experience (40%)
  • Journal (face-to-face) or tutorial reflection (online), equivalent of 1,000 words (15%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Ackroyd, R. and D. Major, Shaping the Tools: Study Skills in Theology. London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999.

Allen, D. & E.O. Springsted, Philosophy for Understanding Theology. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2007.

Barth, K., Evangelical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1985.

Brunn, D., One Bible, Many Versions: Are all Translations Equal? Downers Grover: InterVarsity Press, 2014.

Davies, B., An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Ford, D., Theology. A Very Short Introduction. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1999.

Grenz, S. and R. Olson, Who Needs Theology? An Introduction to the Study of God. Leicester: IVP, 1996.

McKim, D.K., The Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2014.

* Migliore, D.L., Faith Seeking Understanding, 3rd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2014.

O’Collins, G. & E.G. Farrugia, A Concise Dictionary of Theology. New York: Paulist, 2013.

Osmer, R.R., Practical Theology: An Introduction. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008.

Parratt, J., A Guide to Doing Theology. London: SPCK, 1996.

 Lecturer: The Revd Professor Mark Lindsay and the Revd Professor Dorothy Lee
 Timetable: Offered each year in Semester 1 only.