Theology I: Introducing the Practice – Online

This course aims to give students a good working base of theological method and content. The particular doctrines treated include: theological method and hermeneutics, doctrine of God, creation, theological anthropology, Christology, death, suffering and evil, soteriology, pneumatology, and eschatology. The course brings traditional theological methods and doctrinal loci into dialogue with contemporary approaches to theology. Students will engage themes developed during the formative periods of Christian theology, and be introduced to theological developments and challenges (including issues of economy, ecology, race, class, gender, and sexuality) of past and present. Students learn to constructively link scriptural, historical, and theological sources and develop creative constructive theologies for teaching and proclamation in the context of their communities. Requirements: Active oral participation in discussion, weekly Moodle posts, four short papers (longer options available for MA, etc.). Previous courses in the history of Western Christianity are highly recommended.