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Spring 2014/Seattle




DESCRIPTION: This course introduces students to the doctrines of ecclesiology and eschatology from a biblical, historical, and systematic perspective. Topics include the nature and marks of the church, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, church governance, the church’s mission and its relationship with the world, teaching authority and reform, as well as heaven and hell, the final judgment, the resurrection, and Christian hope. We will consider the biblical basis and historical development of these doctrines, as well as their systematic inter-relatedness and their place in contemporary contextual and ecumenical conversations.

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. Content will be a combination of lecture, discussion, and other teaching methods as appropriate.

REQUIRED READING: Approximately 1,050 pages in total.

Bloesch, Donald G. The Last Things. InterVarsity Press, 2005. ISBN: 978-0830827572, Pub. Price $22.00 [240 pp. assigned].

Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. An Introduction to Ecclesiology. InterVarsity Press, 2002. ISBN: 978-0830826889, Pub. Price $20.00 [220 pp. assigned].

Moltmann, Jürgen. The Church in the Power of the Spirit. Fortress, 1993. ISBN: 978-0800628215, Pub. Price $29.00 [360 pp. assigned].

Other selected readings to be made available weekly (via e-Reserves), including essays by K. Barth, J. Zizioulas,J. Webster, R. Jenson, J. H. Yoder, and J. Moltmann [approximately 230 pp. assigned]

A text on a special topic (choose ONE), or a text of your choice to be approved by the professor:

Anderson, Allen H. African Reformation: African Initiated Christianity in the Twentieth Century. Africa World Press, 2001. ISBN: 978-0865438842, Pub. Price $24.95 [300 pp.].

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

Coalter, Milton J., John M. Mulder and Louis B. Weeks. The Re-Forming Tradition: Presbyterians and Mainstream Protestantism. Westminster John Knox, 1992. ISBN: 978-0664252991, Pub. Price $30.00 [352 pp.].

Gibbs, Eddie and Ryan K. Bolger. Emerging Churches. Baker Academic, 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.].

Kärkkäinen, Veli-Matti. Toward a Pneumatological Theology. University Press of America, 2002. ISBN: 978-0761823896, Pub. Price $72.99 [316 pp.].

Newbigin, Leslie. The Gospel in a Pluralistic Society. Eerdmans, 1989. ISBN: 978-0802804266, Pub. Price $25.00 [255 pp.].

Parratt, John. Reinventing Christianity: African Theology Today. Eerdmans, 1995. ISBN: 978-0802841131, Pub. Price $22.50 [228 pp.].

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

Schüssler Fiorenza, Elisabeth. Discipleship of Equals: Critical Feminist Ekklesia-logy of Liberation. Crossroad, 1993. ISBN: 978-0824512446, Pub. Price $29.95 [384 pp.].

Volf, Miroslav. After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity. Eerdmans, 1997. ISBN: 978-0802844408, Pub. Price $34.00 [326 pp.].


  1. Class attendance and participation, including student-led discussion of reading assignments (10%) [This assignment is related to learning outcomes #2, 3, 4, 5].

  2. Approximately 1,050 pages of required reading and the completion of four 3-page critical responses (20%) [This assignment is related to learning outcomes #1, 2, 3, 4, 5].

  3. One 5- to 7-page critical engagement with a book chosen from the above list of special topics (20%) [This assignment is related to learning outcomes #1, 2, 3, 5].

  4. One 8- to 10-page research paper (30%) AND a take-home final examination (20%), OR one 15- to 20-page research paper (50%) [This assignment is related to learning outcomes #1, 2, 3].


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

FINAL EXAMINATION: Yes, a take-home essay exam focusing on integration for ministry.

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.

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