The doctrines of Christology, Pneumatology and Soteriology will be addressed in light of the biblical witness of the Old and New Testaments, as well as their classical and contemporary formulations.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE & MINISTRY: This course is designed to introduce the student to the doctrines and work of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, with emphasis on the various issues related to justification and sanctification. The ultimate goal of the course is that for the practice of true Christian worship, ministry and mission, each student will develop (1) a faithful and relevant contextualization of personal biblical/theological convictions, (2) a solid theological foundation in a time of great change, challenge and opportunity, and (3) an understanding of the issues related to the uniqueness and universality of Jesus Christ, as well as the nature of the Christian life.
COURSE OBJECTIVES/LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students completing this course will have demonstrated (1) a basic understanding of issues in their traditional and contemporary expressions; (2) an ability to reflect theologically upon the topics for this course; (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.
The class will meet for ten weeks, for a total of 30 hours. The content of the class will be a combination of lecture, discussion and other teaching methods as appropriate.
COMMON for ALL students:
CHOOSE ONE under each heading (Christology and Pneumatology) from the following as a contextual or intercultural text:
1. 20% Reading Journal required on all texts (background to lecture, informed discussion)
2. 60% Two 7-10 page research and reflection papers as assigned and approved by professor
3. 20% Final Exam take home
PREREQUISITES: None (CH500/501, CH502/503, ST501 recommended, however).
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: MDiv, MA/BST: STB; MAT, MACL: ST.
FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes, a take home reflection/integration essay paper.