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Spring 2014/Menlo Park




DESCRIPTION: This course explores Christian beliefs about two major Christian doctrines: ecclesiology and eschatology.  Topics include: the nature and life of the church of the church, including its ministry and mission and sacraments.  We will also examine different approaches to the parousia, death, resurrection, new creation, judgment, millennium, heaven and hell.  While we will explore contemporary evangelical theologies, students will also engage with other Christian traditions and intercultural perspectives.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completing this course the student will have demonstrated (1) A basic understanding of issues in their traditional 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 will meet over four Saturday sessions for lectures and discussion. 

REQUIRED READING: 1,200 pages required.

Grenz, Stanley J. Theology for the Community of God. Eerdmans, 2000. ISBN: 978-0802847553, Pub. Price $42.00[223 pp. assigned].

Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. An Introduction to Ecclesiology. InterVarsity Press, 2002. ISBN: 978-0830826889, Pub. Price $20.00 [238 pp. assigned].

Placher, William C. Essentials of Christian Theology. Westminster John Knox, 2003. ISBN: 978-0664223953. Pub. Price $40.00 [approx. 110 selected pp. assigned].

Schwartz, Hans. Eschatology. Eerdmans, 2000. ISBN: 978-0802847331, Pub. Price $35.00 [448 pp. assigned].  

Select ONE text on a special topic:

Barr, William R. Constructive Christian Theology in the Worldwide Church. Eerdmans, 1997.  ISBN: 978-0802841438, Pub. Price $39.00 [553 pp.].

Boff, Leonardo. Ecclesiogenesis: The Base Communities Reinvent the Church. Orbis, 1986. ISBN: 978-0883442142, Pub. Price $22.00 [115 pp.].

Braaten, Carl E. The Ecumenical Future. Eerdmans, 2004. ISBN: 978-0802826718, Pub. Price $24.00 [245 pp.].

Farrow, Douglas. Ascension and Ecclesia. Eerdmans, 1999. ISBN: 978-0802827913, $35.50 [356 pp.].

Fudge, Edward William & Robert A. Peterson. Two Views of Hell. InterVarsity Press, 2000. ISBN: 978-0830822553, Pub. Price $18.00 [228 pp.]. 

Gelder, Craig Van. The Essence of the Church: A Community Created by the Spirit. Baker Books, 2000.  ISBN: 978-0801090967, Pub. Price $22.00 [332 pp.].

Gibbs, Eddie & Ryan K. Bolger. Emerging Churches. Baker, 2005. ISBN: 978-0801027154, Pub. Price $26.00 [352 pp.].

González, Justo L. Mañana: Christian Theology from a Hispanic Perspective. Abingdon, 1990.  ISBN: 978-0687230679, Pub. Price $21.99 [186 pp.].

Grenz, Stanley J. The Millennial Maze. InterVarsity Press, 1992.  ISBN: 978-0830817573, Pub. Price $18.00 [239 pp.].

Guder, Darrell L. Missional Church. Eerdmans, 1998. ISBN: 978-0802843500, Pub. Price $28.00 [280 pp.].

Hauerwas, Stanley & William H. Willimon. Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony. Abingdon, 1989.  ISBN: 978-0687361595, Pub. Price $17.00 [175 pp.].

Jones, Tony. The Church is Flat: The Relational Ecclesiology if the Emerging Church Movement. JoPa Productions, 2011. ISBN: 978-0615524313, Pub. Price $19.97 [230 pp.].

Lincoln, Eric C. & Lawrence H. Mamiya. The Black Church in African American Experience. Duke, 2001. ISBN: 978-0822310730, Pub. Price $23,96 [536 pp.].

Mbiti, John S. New Testament Eschatology in an African Background. Oxford University Press, 1971.  ISBN: 978-0198216599, Pub. Price $29.95 [228 pp.].

Moltmann, Jürgen, Coming of God: Christian Eschatology. Augsburg Books, 2006. ISBN: 978-0800636661, Pub. Price $28.00 [412 pp.].

McPartlan, Paul. Sacrament of Salvation: An Introduction to Eucharistic Ecclesiology, T&T Clark, 1995. ISBN-13: 978-0567292995, Pub. Price $29.95 [144 pp.].

Russell, Letty M. Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church. WJKP, 1993.  ISBN: 978-0664250706, Pub. Price $30.00 [256 pp.].

Schmemann, Alexander. Introduction to Liturgical Theology. 3rd ed. St. Vladimir’s, 1997. ISBN: 978-0822310730, Pub Price $27.95 [220 pp.].

Stackhouse, John G. Evangelical Ecclesiology: Reality or Illusion? Baker, 2003. ISBN: 978-0801026539, Pub. Price $24.00 [240 pp.].

Volf, Miroslav. After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of God. Eerdmans, 1998.  ISBN: 978-0802844408, Pub. Price $32.00 [314 pp.].

Ware, Timothy. The Orthodox Church: New Edition. Penguin, 1993.ISBN: 978-0140146561, Pub. Price $17.00 [368 pp.].  

Zizioulas, John D. Being as Communion: Studies in Personhood and the Church. St. Vladimir’s, 1997. ISBN: 978-0881410297, Pub. Price $24.00 [269 pp.].


  1. Required reading of 1,200 pages and critical reading response, five-six pages (20%). [This assignment is related to learning outcomes #1 &2].

  2. Ecclesiology research paper, eight-nine pages (30%). [This assignment is related to learning outcomes #2 & 3]

  3. Eschatology research paper, eight-nine pages  (30%). [This assignment is related to learning outcomes #2 & 3]

  4. Visit to a religious site and theological reflective report, five pages (20%). [This assignment is related to learning outcomes #4 & 5]

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

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Meets MDiv core requirement in Systematic Theology "C" (STC).


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.