Fuller Logo


Winter 2012/ Southwest-Phoenix







DESCRIPTION:  This course is designed to provide an introduction to Christian beliefs about the person and work of Jesus Christ; the Holy Spirit; justification and sanctification; election; and the life of faith. Attention will be given to biblical and historical theological approaches to these doctrines. The aim of the course is that students will become familiar with these doctrines, and consider how they relate to theological reflection in our contemporary setting, including how these Christian beliefs shape ministry and the church today.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY:  As men and women who will participate in the manifold ministries of Christ, an essential part of preparation for Christian ministry is to learn to think theologically through issues of faith and ministry so that they can equip those they lead for service.


LEARNING OUTCOMES:  Students completing this course will have demonstrated (1) a basic understanding of key theological issues in their traditional and contemporary expressions; (2) an ability to reflect theologically upon the course topics; (3) skills towards developing oneÕs own theology in critical dialogue with various views; and (4) an appreciation of ecumenical and cultural diversity.


COURSE FORMAT:  Meets four Saturdays from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, January 14, 28; February 11, 25 for lecture, discussion, and student presentations.



Grenz, Stanley J. Theology for the Community of God. Eerdmans, 2000. (pp. 243-460) ISBN: 9780802847553. Pub.price: $40.00.

KŠrkkŠinen, V-M. Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit in International, Ecumenical, and Historical Perspectives. Baker, 2002. 208 pages. ISBN: 9780802842572. Pub.price: $26.00.

KŠrkkŠinen, V-M. Christology: A Global Introduction. Baker, 2003. 304 pages. ISBN:

9780801026218. Pub.price: $28.00.

Special topic, choose one:

Barr, W. R., ed. Constructive Christian Theology in the Worldwide Church. Eerdmans, 1997 (parts 4 and 6). ISBN: 9780802841438. Pub.price: $39.00.

Beilby, J., and B.R. Eddy. The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views. InterVarsity Press, 2006. 208 pages. ISBN: 9780830825707. Pub.price: $20.00.

Davis, S., et al., eds. The Incarnation (2004). 430 pages. ISBN: 9780199275779. Pub.price: $50.00. The Redemption (2006). 384 pages. ISBN: 9780199288755. Pub.price: $50.00. The Resurrection (1998). 400 pages. ISBN: 9780198269854. Pub.price: $45.00. Oxford University Press.

Dunn, J. D. G. Christology in the Making. 2nd ed. Eerdmans, 1996. 489 pages. ISBN: 9780802842572. Pub.price: $45.00.

Green, J. B., and M.D. Baker. Recovering the Scandal of the Cross. InterVarsity Press, 2000. 232 pages. ISBN: 9780830815715. Pub.price: $17.00.

Green, M. I Believe in the Holy Spirit. Rev. ed. Eerdmans, 2004. 350 pages. ISBN: 9780802827678. Pub.price: $22.00.

Gunton, C. E. The Actuality of the Atonement. T & T Clark, 2003. 236 pages. ISBN: 9780567080905. Pub.price: $55.00.

Husbands, M., and D. Treier. Justification: WhatÕs at Stake in the Current Debates. InterVarsity Press, 2004. 278 pages. ISBN: 9780830827817. Pub.price: $23.00.

Lutheran World Federation, Roman Catholic Church. Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification. Eerdmans, 2000. 47 pages. ISBN: 9780802847744. Pub.price: $8.00.

Tiessen, T. L. Who Can Be Saved? Reassessing Salvation in Christ and World Religions. InterVarsity Press, 2004. 511 pages. ISBN: 9780830827473. Pub.price: $28.00.

A contextual/intercultural/interreligious study (relevant sections) choose one:

Bonino, J. M., and R. R. Barr. Faces of Jesus: Latin American Christologies. Wipf & Stock, 2002. 192 pages. ISBN: 9781592440979. Pub.price: $22.00.

Chung, S.W., ed. Christ the One and Only: A Global Affirmation of the Uniqueness of Jesus. Baker, 2005. 272 pages. ISBN: 9780801028540. Pub.price: $28.00.

Comblin, J. The Holy Spirit and Liberation. Wipf & Stock, 2004. 232 pages. ISBN: 9781592445622. Pub.price: $26.00.

Grant, J. White WomenÕs Christ and Black WomenÕs Jesus. ScholarÕs Press, 1989. 280 pages. ISBN: 9781555403034. Pub.price: $50.00.

Isherwood, L. Introducing Feminist Christologies. Pilgrim Press, 2002. 139 pages. ISBN: 9780829814835. Pub.price: $17.00.

Imbach, J. Three Faces of Jesus: How Jews, Christians and Muslims See Him. Templegate, 1993. 151 pages. ISBN: 9780872431942. Pub.price: $12.95.

KŸster, V. The Many Faces of Jesus: An Intercultural Christology. Orbis, 2001. 250 pages. ISBN: 9781570753541. Pub.price: $29.00.

Peacore, L. The Role of WomenÕs Experience in Feminist Theologies of Atonement. Pickwick Publications, 2010. 254 pages. ISBN: 9781556358036. Pub.price: $28.00.

Stinton, D. Jesus of Africa: Voices of Contemporary African Christology. Orbis, 2004. 320 pages. ISBN: 9781570755378. Pub.price: $25.00.

Sugirtharajah, R.S. Asian Faces of Jesus. Orbis, 1993. 250 pages. ISBN: 9780883448335. Pub.price: $30.00.

Summer, G. The First and the Last: The Claims of Jesus Christ and the Claims of Other Religious Traditions. Eerdmans, 2004. 225 pages. ISBN: 9780802863348. Pub.price: $23.00.

Yong, A. Beyond the Impasse: Toward a Pneumatological Theology of Religions. Baker, 2003. 208 pages. ISBN: 9780801026126. Pub.price: $22.00.


ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT: (1) Class attendance and participation (5%). (2) Five, 1-2 page reflection essays (25%). (2) Two, 4-5 page book reviews OR one book review and one oral presentation in class (30%). (4) One 10-page research paper (40%).




RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM:  Meets MDiv core requirement in Systematic Theology ŌbĶ (STB).