Details for Global Christianity and Social Engagement
This unit sets out the theological foundations for social engagement. It provides a theology of holistic mission that takes into account the physical, social, cultural and spiritual implications of the ‘good news’ of the Kingdom of God.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: SEN401
- Credit points: 10
Co-requisite: THE401, Theological Horizons of Worldview
The unit Global Christianity and Social Engagement is part of the subject area Social Engagement and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- demonstrate a solid understanding of the theological foundations of holistic church mission;
- critically analyse the ways in which economic, political, cultural, personal, and religious values contribute to both human flourishing and, conversely, poverty and injustice;
- demonstrate an understanding of the complex environmental and social challenges that require response from the church; describe and critique alternate ways in which religious communities have engaged with the economic, political and cultural structures that generate and sustain poverty, injustice and environmental issues.
- Concepts of mission opposed to social engagement
- Poverty and social justice in the Scriptures
- The Kingdom of God and integral mission
- Bernard Lonergan and the scale of values; vital, social, cultural, personal, religious
- Describing local and global crises; environment, poverty, injustice
- Theology and economics
- Christians, politics and advocacy
- Engaging with cultures
- Religious peace and inter-religious dialogue
- Development theory beyond the church
Forum responses, essay, project.
- Ormerod, Neil, and Shane Clifton. Globalization and the Mission of the Church, Ecclesiological Investigations Series. T & T Clark, 2009.
Chester, T. Good News to the Poor. Leicester: IVP, 2004.
Edwards, Denis. Earth Revealing - Earth Healing: Ecology and Christian Theology. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2001.
Engel J. and W. Dyrness. Changing the Mind of Mission. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 2000.
Evans, C.A.“Jesus and Justice.” Ex Auditi22 (2006): 159-175.
Mostert, C. (ed.). Hope: Challenging the Culture of Despair. Adelaide: ATF, 2004.
Ma, W. “The Spirit of God in Creation: Lessons for Christian Mission.” Transformation 24, no. 3 (2007): 222-230.
Miller, D.E. & Yamamori, T. Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement. Berkeley CA: University of California Press, 2007.
Sacks, Jonathan. The Dignity of Difference: How to Avoid the Clash of Civilizations. London: Continuum, 2002.