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Winter 2013
FNW-Seattle
ST502
Burton

ST502: SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY II. Bryan D. Burton

 

DESCRIPTION:

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. 

 

COURSE FORMAT:

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.

 

REQUIRED READING:

COMMON for ALL students:

  • Athanasius. On the Incarnation of our Lord. (various editions). ISBN 0913836400 (90pp). $14.00.
  • Barth, Karl. The Humanity of God. WJKP. 1960. ISBN-13: 9780804206129 (100pp). $24.95.
  • Bloesch, Donald. Jesus Christ: Savior and Lord. IVP, 1997. ISBN: 0830814140 (249pp). $24.95.
  • Karkkainen, V.-M. Pneumatology. The Holy Spirit in International, Ecumenical, and Historical Perspective. Baker Academic, 2002. ISBN: 9780801024481. (208pp) $26.00.
  • Moltmann, Jurgen. The Spirit of Life. Fortress. 2001. ISBN: 9780800634247 (358pp) $27.00.

 

CHOOSE ONE under each heading (Christology and Pneumatology) from the following as a contextual or intercultural text:

Christology

  • Johnson, Elizabeth. Consider Jesus. Crossroad, 1995. ISBN 0824511611 (168pp) [feminist/liberationist Jesus] $19.95.
  • Levinson, Priscilla, and John Levinson. Jesus in Global Contexts. Westminster/John Knox, 1992. ISBN: 9780664251659 (193pp) [global Jesus] $29.95.

Pneumatology

  • Rogers, Eugene. After the Spirit: A Constructive Pneumatology from outside the Modern West. Eerdmans, 2005 ISBN: 0802828914 (250pp) $24.00.
  • Yong. Amos. The Spirit Poured out on all Flesh. Baker. 2005. ISBN: 0801027705 (320pp) $30.00.

 

RECOMMENDED READING:

  • Pelikan, Jaroslav. Jesus Through the Centuries: His Place in the History of Culture. Yale. 1985/99. (230pp)
  • Niebuhr, H. R. Christ and Culture. 9780061300035. $16.00. Highly Recommended!
  • Other texts NOT chosen as primary texts from the above lists and those suggested and referred to in classroom lectures. 

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

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.

 

Note: This ECD is a reliable guide to course design, but is subject to modification.