Doing Theology – An Introduction (Diploma)

Field: Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): CT0019T (online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Diploma only
Delivery mode: Online
Prerequisites: None
Prohibited Combinations: None

This unit aims to introduce students to the nature and scope of systematic theology and to ‘doing’ theology, its sources and themes. The unit helps students explore key themes within Christian theology as these are shaped by the creeds as developed since the New Testament period. The unit explores aspects of theology as it developed in early centuries, the Reformation, and theology in the modern period.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • understand 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 the various sources on which Christian theology draws
  • describe the development of key creedal doctrines and their inter-relationship and importance for theology.
  • Two quizzes, equivalent to 500 words (20%)
  • Present essay outline for feedback and discussion and then submit a 1,000-word essay (30%)
  • 1,500-word essay (50%)
Recommended Reading:

* recommended for purchase

Ashwin-Siejkowski, Piotr. Early Christian Doctrine and the Creeds. London: SCM Press, 2010.

Bevans, Stephen B. An introduction to theology in global perspective. Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, c2009.

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

Felker Jones, Beth. Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.

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

*Grenz, Stanley J., Guretski, David and Nordling, Cherith Fee. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms, Downers Grove , Ill., IVP, 1999.

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

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

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. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014.

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

Thomas Owen and Ellen K. Wondra, Introduction to Theology. 3rd ed. New York: Morehouse Publishing, 2002.

West, Michael, Noble, Graham, and Todd, Andrew. Living Theology, London, DLT, 1999.