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Spring 2013/Seattle

ST503

Burton

ST503: SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 3: ECCLESIOLOGY AND ESCHATOLOGY. Bryan D. Burton.


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 AND 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 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.

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 of 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: This class will meet three hours weekly 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:

Bloesh, Donald. The Last Things. IVP, 2004. ISBN: 978-0830827572, Pub. Price $20.00 [265 pp.].

Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. An Introduction to Ecclesiology. IVP, 2002. ISBN: 978-0830826889, Pub. Price $20.00 [233 pp.].

Moltmann, Jurgen. The Church in the Power of the Spirit. Fortress, 1993. ISBN: 978-0800628215, Pub. Price $29.00 [407 pp.].

Tennent, Timothy. Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology. Zondervan, 2007. ISBN: 978-0310275114, Pub. Price $24.99 [320 pp.].

ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:

  1. 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 (20%)

  2. Two 7-10 page research and reflection papers as assigned (30% for each – total of 60%)

  3. Final exam – take home (20%)

PREREQUISITES: None.

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

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. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.