DESCRIPTION: The doctrines of ecclesiology (the church) and eschatology (last things/hope for the future) will be addressed in light of the biblical witness, as well as their classical and contemporary formulations.
SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE & MINISTRY: This course is designed to introduce the student to two essential and often controversial doctrines of the Christian faith (ecclesiology and eschatology). 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 theology and practice of the Christian sacraments, the issues of vocation and ordination and the theme of Christian hope.
COURSE GOALS/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.
COURSE FORMAT: The class will meet 3 hours weekly for 10 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 TEXTS TO ALL STUDENTS:
CHOOSE ONE from each doctrinal heading as your PRIMARY AND SPECIFIC texts
RECOMMENDED READING: Other texts NOT chosen as primary texts from the above lists.
1. 20% Reading as required for each class period (background to lecture AND in order to engage in informed discussion) requiring to be recorded in a reading journal. Note: Karkkainen and Bloesch texts must be read prior to the first class meeting.
2. 60% (30% for each) Two 7-10 page research and reflection papers as assigned
3. 20% Final Exam (take home)
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: MDiv, MA/BST: STC; MAT, MACL: ST
FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes, a take home reflection/integration essay paper
Note: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design, but is subject to modification. (10/10)