This level 2 elective surveys Christologies developed outside the corpus Christianum and in response to questions not considered within the Western cultural and historical frame of reference. This will include images of Jesus Christ developed through such language as ‘Bodhisattva’, ‘Avatara’, ‘guru’, ‘prophet’, or ‘ancestor’, Asian treatments of the ‘cosmic’ Christ, the possibility of a ‘hyphenated-Jesus’ or of M. M. Thomas’ ‘Christ-centered Syncretism’ in relation to Hinduism, liberation Christologies within Latin America, and Jesus as the power against the demonic within Africa. A number of issues present themselves through this discussion: the question of theological tradition and method, the use of local sacred sources, the social and political implications of thinking Jesus Christ through a range of lenses, and the issues of contextualisation. Special attention will be given to the variety of mission emphases different Christological formulations promote.
Articulate a range of Christological formulations and the central theological concerns they embody;
Identify the background cultural issues and values prompting these theological developments;
Support the use of Christology in the formation of mission theory;
Evaluate the potential benefits of these formulations for theological discourse within multicultural Australia.
Lectures, Seminars, Tutorial
A fifteen minute (1000 words) class presentation introducing an author, his or her cultural and theological background, and a précis of his or her specific Christological contribution (text of which is to be submitted to the lecturer)
A 3500 word essay focused on a particular Christology or Christological theme (Christology in relation to the African religious heritage, for example), but one different from the class presentation. Attention will be paid to the potential significance of this for mission theory, and/or for the student’s own local context.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015
Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-04 15:17:15 +1000