The Art of Theology

Field: Systematic Theology
Unit Code(s): CT1200T
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (1)
Delivery mode:

Face-to-face (Intensive)

(Saturdays 2, 16 & 23 March, 6 & 13 April, 11 & 18 May, 1 & 8 June - 9 days)



Content: Students will be introduced to key concepts and figures in the study of systematic theology through an analysis of the plurality of theological sources and methods. Four practice-led seminar sessions will be staggered across the course, in which the students will be led through a process of reflective artistic practice. This will provoke ongoing reflection throughout the course on the integrated nature of theological knowledge.​
Learning Outcomes:

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

  • define and use the vocabulary and methods of the discipline of systematic theology
  • identify sources for Christian theology
  • engage in practice-led theological reflection
  • describe the relationship between practice and theological reflection. 
  • 1,000-word reflective essay (30%)
  • workshop development of a creative piece in four practice-led seminars, equivalent to 1,000 words (30%)
  • 1,500-word major essay (40%)
Recommended Reading:

*recommended for purchase

Coakley, Sarah. God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay “On the Trinity”,Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy, trans., Allen Mandelbaum(London: Everyman’s Library, 1995).  

Dosotevsky, Fyodo , The Brothers Karamazov, trans., Larissa Volokhonsky and Richard Pevear(New York: Vintage, 2002). 

Jennings, Willie James, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011). 

Jenson, Robert, A Theology in Outline: Can these Bones Live? (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 2016).

Martin, Dale B., Biblical Truths: The Meaning of Scripture in the Twenty First Century (new Haven: Yale University Press, 2017). 

Melville, Herman, Moby Dick (New York: Vintage, 2007).  

Morse, Christopher. Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Disbelief,2nd ed. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.

Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Bauvois (2010, Mars Distribution).

Watson, Natalie K., Feminist Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2003).