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Details for Theologians: Method and Meaning


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: THE601
  • Credit points: 20

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

The unit Theologians: Method and Meaning is part of the subject area Theology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)), Master of Theology (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).

Unit Content

Outcomes

1. Explain the contribution of selected theologians central to Christian tradition (pre-20th century) to contemporary thought and practice;
2. Compare, contrast and evaluate the theological insights of selected authors;
3. Summarise the theological method of key 20/21st century theologians and explain the way this frames their theology;
4. Present research conclusions to peers and engage in constructive and critical dialogue.

Assessment Methods

Learning outcomes for subject

Assessment tasks

Type *

(see examples noted below this table)

Weighting

(% of total marks for subject)

1.     Explain the contribution of selected theologians central to Christian tradition (pre-20th century) to contemporary thought and practice;

 

2.     Compare, contrast and evaluate the theological insights of selected authors;

Forum Postings/Seminar Discussions (4000 words)

Read allocated texts from original sources (translated), complete summaries (according to set format) and engage in online and face-to-face dialogue, and;

Minor Essay (3000 words):

Choose one of these authors and write an essay exploring their contribution to contemporary theology.

20%

 

 

 

 

30%

3.     Summarise the theological method of key 20/21st century theologians and explain the way this frames their theology;

Comparative Essay (5000 words)

Select two theologians and write an essay comparing and contrasting their method and conclusions.

40 %

4.     Present research conclusions to peers and engage in constructive and critical dialogue.

Presentation (1 hour):

a.     Part a: Present the results of the comparative essay to the class (30 min)Part b: Respond to questions and engage in dialogue (30 min)

 

10%

Prescribed Text

Prescribed text book:

Ford, D., The Modern Theologians: An Introduction to Christian Theology since 1918. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.

Representative References

Recommended reading:

Aquinas (author) & Kreeft, P (translation and commentary). A Summa of the Summa San Francisco: Ignatius press, 1990.
Augustine, The Confessions. Oxford: Oxford University press, 2009.
_______, The City of God. Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 2009.
Barth, K. Church dogmatics, London; T&T Clark, 2009.
Block, E. (ed.). Glory, Grace and Culture: The Work of Hans Urs Von Balthasar. New York: Paulist, 2005.
Bosco, Mark and David Stagaman (eds),  Finding God in All Things: Celebrating Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner, New York: Fordham University Press, 2007.
Bayer, O. Martin Luther's Theology: A Contemporary Interpretation. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2008.
Busch, Eberhard, Barth, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2008.
Calvin, J. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Massachusetts: Hendrickson, 2009.
Enander, Glen, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, Philaldelphia: Chelsea House, 2005.
Green, C. Karl Barth: Theologian of Freedom. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009.
Hinlicky, Paul R., Paths not taken: fates of theology from Luther to Leibniz, Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2009.
Lonergan, B. Method in Theology. Toronto: University of Toronto press (second edition), 1990.
Moltmann, J. A Broad Place: An Autobiography. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2009.
Moltmann, J. Experiences in Theology: Ways and Forms of Christian Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2000.
Myers, B. Christ the Stranger: The Theology of Rowan Williams. New York: Continuum, 2012.
Ogden, Steven G., The presence of God in the world: a contribution to postmodern Christology based on the theologies of Paul Tillich and Karl Rahner, Bern; New York: P. Lang, 2007.
Ormerod, N. Method, Meaning, and Revelation. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2000.
Pannenberg, W. Systematic Theology, volume 1 to 3. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Eerdmans, 2010.
Schüssler Fiorenza, E. Transforming Vision: Explorations in Feminist Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2011.
Tillich, P. Systematic Theology, volume 1 to 3. Chicago: University of Chicago press, 1976.
_______ The Courage to Be. USA: Yahoo! University press, 2000.