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Winter 2014/Menlo Park




DESCRIPTION: This course provides a theological understanding of fundamental Christian beliefs concerning the person and work of Christ and of the Holy Spirit. The course will explore topics such as salvation, atonement, election and healing and the interrelated nature of these and other doctrines associated with Christology and Pneumatology. We will examine their historical and biblical foundations and how they developed within the greater Christian tradition, and then situate these doctrines in contemporary discussions, including present day intercultural and ecumenical perspectives.

SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: A solid theological foundation that includes an understanding of the biblical, historical and contemporary contexts for Christian doctrines is essential for personal spiritual development and for the life of the Church.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of this course, students will have developed (1) a basic understanding of issues in their historical and contemporary expressions; (2) an ability to reflect theologically and critically upon the course topics; (3) skills towards developing one’s own theology in critical dialogue with various views; (4) an acquaintance with a range of cultural and contextual matters that shape our understanding of theological issues; (5) an appreciation of ecumenical and cultural diversity.

COURSE FORMAT: This course meets as a five-weekend Saturday intensive, for a total of 30 classroom hours. The course will include lectures and discussion.

REQUIRED READING: 1,200 pages required.

Bloesch, Donald G. Jesus Christ: Savior & Lord. InterVarsity Press, 2005. ISBN: 978-0830827541, Pub. Price $20.00 [180 pp. assigned].

Grenz, Stanley J. Theology for the Community of God. Eerdmans, 2000. ISBN: 978-0802847553, Pub. Price $42.00 [200 pp. assigned].

Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Christology: A Global Introduction. Baker Academic, 2003. ISBN: 978-0801026218, Pub. Price $28.00 [304 pp.].

Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Pnemuatology: The Holy Spirit in Ecumenical, International, and Contextual Perspective. Baker Academic, 2002. ISBN: 978-0801024481, Pub. Price $26.00 [150 pp. assigned].

Selected Articles to be announced (all accessible through Fuller’s Online Database).

Select ONE text on a special topic (or a text of your choice to be approved by professor):

Beilby, James K. and Paul R. Eddy, eds. The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views. InterVarsity Press, 2006. ISBN: 978-0830825707, Pub. Price: $20.00 [208 pp.].

Blue, Ken. Authority to Heal. InterVarsity Press, 1987. ISBN: 978-0830817009, Pub. Price: $15.00 [168 pp.].

Boersma, Hans. Violence, Hospitality and the Cross. Baker Academic, 2006. ISBN: 978-0801031335, Pub. Price $28.00 [288 pp.].

Ford, David F. Self and Salvation: Being Transformed. Cambridge University Press, 1999. ISBN: 978-0521426169, Pub. Price $40.00 [316 pp.].

Green, Joel. B. and Mark D. Baker. Recovering the Scandal of the Cross. InterVarsity Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0830839315, Pub. Price $22.00 [287 pp.].

Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. One with God: Salvation as Deification and Justification. Liturgical Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0814629710, Pub. Price $16.95 [152 pp.].

Macchia, Frank D. Baptized in the Spirit: A Global Pentecostal Theology. Zondervan, 2006. ISBN: 978-0310252368, Pub. Price $24.99 [304 pp.].

Pinnock, Clark H. Flame of Love: A Theology of the Holy Spirit. InterVarsity Press, 1999. ISBN: 978-0830815906, Pub. Price $24.00 [288 pp.].

Shults, F.LeRon and Steven J. Sandage The Faces of Forgiveness. Baker Academic, 2003. ISBN: 978-0801026249, Pub. Price $26.00 [272 pp.].

Tanner, Kathryn. Christ the Key. Cambridge University Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0521732772. Pub. Price $31.99 [322 pp.].

Wright, N.T. The Challenge of Jesus. Intervarsity Press, 1999. ISBN: 978-0830822003, Pub. Price $18.00 [202 pp.].

Yong, Amos. Spirit of Love: A Trinitarian Theology of Grace. Baylor University Press, 2012. ISBN: 978-1602583269, Pub. Price $29.95 [246 pp.].

Select ONE text on an intercultural or interreligious topic (or a text of your choice to be approved by professor):

Boff, Leonardo. Jesus Christ Liberator. Orbis Books, 1978. ISBN: 978-0883442364, Pub. Price $35.00 [335 pp.].

Chung, Sung Wook, ed. Christ the One and Only: A Global Affirmation of the Uniqueness of Jesus Christ. Baker Academic, 2005. ISBN: 978-0801028540, Pub. Price $28.00 [272 pp.].

Comblin, Josè. The Holy Spirit and Liberation. Wipf & Stock, 2004. ISBN: 978-1592445622, Pub. Price $26.00 [232 pp.].

Cone, James H. A Black Theology of Liberation. Orbis, 2010. ISBN: 978-1570758959, Pub. Price $20.00 [200 pp.].

Imbach, Joseph. Three Faces of Jesus: How Jews, Christians and Muslims See Him. 2nd ed. Templegate, 1993. ISBN: 978-0872431942, Pub. Price: $12.95 [151 pp.].

Küster, Volker. The Many Faces of Jesus: An Intercultural Christology. Orbis, 2001. ISBN: 978-1570753541, Pub. Price $29.00 [250 pp.].

Parsons, Susan Frank, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Feminist Theology. Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN: 978-0521663809, Pub. Price $34.99 [288 pp.].

Ramachandra, Vinoth. The Recovery of Mission: Beyond the Pluralist Paradigm. Wipf & Stock, 2002. ISBN: 978-1592440641, Pub. Price $31.00 [308 pp.].

Sanders, John. No Other Name? An Investigation into the Destiny of the Unevangelized. Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2001. ISBN: 978-1579108342, Pub. Price $34.00 [334 pp.].

Sobrino, Jon. Christology at the Crossroads: A Latin American Approach. Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2002. ISBN: 978-1592440955, Pub. Price $48.00 [458 pp.].

Tiessen, Terrance L. Who Can Be Saved? Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions. InterVarsity Press, 2004. ISBN: 978-0830827473, Pub. Price $28.00 [511 pp.].

RECOMMENDED READING: Further readings on specific topics are provided in course syllabus.


  1. Required reading of 1,200 pages and critical reading responses, 10-12 pages (40%).
  2. Theological reflection paper, 7-8 pages (25%).
  3. Research paper, 10-12 pages (35%).

PREREQUISITES: None. However, at least one course in biblical studies and in historical theology/ church history, as well as philosophical theology, are highly recommended.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM:Meets MDiv core requirement in Systematic Theology "b" (STB).


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.