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How did the Jesus movement turn into the church? At what point did the church decide Jesus was God? How can God be one and three? What is heresy and why did it matter? How did Christianity relate to surrounding philosophy? Did theology develop and change? What were the sources for Christian thought and doctrine? The course introduces students to these questions through the rich history of Christian thought by considering a number of representative theological thinkers, such as Origen, Athanasius, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin. Assessment is through two short essays and a final essay.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
The course will introduce students to the rich history of Christian thought by considering a number of representative theological thinkers. Students will be introduced to important developments in Christian thought and to formative theological controversies by close consideration of significant figures from the tradition. In previous years, theologians such as Irenaeus, Origen, Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, Luther and Calvin have featured on the course.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Weekly Discussion Board Entries (250/350 words) 25%
1250 word text analysis 25%
2500 word essay 50%
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Conceptual||Understand||To grasp the lineaments of the history of Christian thought as represented by the work of selected leading thinkers|
|Conceptual||Apply||To deepen appreciation of the distinctiveness of Christian belief and its relation to other philosophies and religious traditions.|
|Reflection||Analyse||To continue to reflect upon the nature and stakes of contemporary debates regarding central Christian teaching in view of the longer history of the tradition.|
|Procedural||Analyse||To gain familiarity with different theological methodologies; and to acquire a measure of precision in writing through evaluating a specific theological problem.|
|Reflection||Evaluate||To reflect critically upon the doctrines of Christian faith in their historical formulation; to acquire the capacity to engage theological positions different from one’s own with sympathy & integrity|
|Procedural||Analyse||To explore and to communicate intellectual problems through collaboration and interaction with other students.|
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