This unit introduces Christianity’s doctrinal tradition, both generally and specifically. It will offer a general overview of the relationships between faith, belief, theology, confessions, creeds, doctrine and the disciplines of systematic theology. Specifically, it will explore the doctrines of God, creation, humanity, Jesus Christ, salvation, church and hope. It will explore the role of scripture, tradition, reason and context in shaping these doctrines. Particular attention will be paid to the impact on specific doctrines of modern and post-modern thought in the West whilst also exploring the appropriation of the doctrinal tradition in contemporary non-Western Christianity. Against this background the roles of doctrine in shaping the imagination of the church and of particular and local Churches will be noted.
Unit Code: CT8000P
Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational
Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology
Delivery Mode: Face to Face
Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological CollegeShow when this Unit is running
Describe the relationship between faith, belief and doctrine
Outline the main doctrines of the Christian faith
Evaluate the ways scripture, tradition, reason and context shape doctrinal development
Analyse some of the ways doctrine functions in the church
Formulate proposals for doctrinal development in particular contexts
Lectures, discussions, tutorials, online material
Learning resource of 1800 words introducing one Christian doctrine to a designated contemporary Christian or non-Christian audience
Essay of 3000 words on either the roles of scripture, tradition reason and context in a particular doctrine or the roles of doctrine in the church.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017
Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-17 16:29:10 +1000