Details for Theological Foundations of Social Engagement
This unit provides a biblical theology of holistic mission that takes seriously the responsibility of the church to address issues of justice and poverty. It argues that the good news of the Kingdom of God has vital implications for social and cultural values. Too often in our western society we see political ideology claiming these values. As Christians we need to reclaim them as expressions of our faith, not our politics, and as the reflection of God’s Kingdom on earth.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Unit code: SOC101
- Credit points: 10
- Total workload hours per week: 10
- Number of timetabled hours per week: 3 *
The unit Theological Foundations of Social Engagement is part of the subject area Social Engagement and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
This unit sets out the theological foundations for social engagement. It will provide a Biblical theology of holistic mission that takes into account the physical, social, cultural and spiritual implications of the gospel of the Kingdom of God, as well as examining Christian teaching on poverty and economic justice.
- Poverty in the Old and New Testament.
- Historical and Contemporary conceptions poverty.
- Evil and economic justice.
- Models of mission.
- The Kingdom of God and integral mission.
- Creation, resurrection and new creation; holism verse dualism.
- The role of the church in God’s mission.
- Strategic thinking and planning for economic justice
- Other approaches to a theology of integral mission.
This course may be offered in the following formats
Lectures, class presentations, discussion, tutorials, web-based interaction, distance learning material
Multi-media on economic justice project (40%); Minor Essay (35%, 1500 words); Exam (25%)
- Beasley-Murray, G., Jesus and the Kingdom of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1986.
- Blomberg, Craig. Neither Poverty Nor Riches: A Biblical Study of Possessions. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP, 1999.
- Bosch, D. Transforming Mission. New York: Orbis, 1991.
- Chester, T., Good News to the Poor, Leicester: IVP, 2004.
- Engel J., & Dyrness, W., Changing the Mind of Mission. Downers grove: IVP, 2000.
- Kirk, J.A., What is Mission? London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1999.
- Myers, B., Walking with the Poor. New York: Orbis, 1999.
- Peskett, H., & Ramachandra, V., The Message of Mission: The glory of Christ in all time and space. Leicester: IVP, 2003.
- Samuel, V. & Sudgen, C., Mission as Transformation. Oxford: Regnum, 1999.
- Sider. R., Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving from Affluence to Generosity, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2005.
- Volf, M., Exclusion and Embrace, Nashville: Abingdon, 1996.