Soon after the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S.A. presidential election a pavement advertisement board outside a bookshop read: “Dystopian fiction now found in the political history section”. Is a global conversation now even possible? Are we doomed to the trauma of a violent despair? Is hope nothing more than nostalgia?
This unit addresses a range of issues relating to hope, hopelessness, and despair, while seeking to understand and critically engage them through the history of Christian eschatological and apocalyptic thought. Beliefs and practices are inseparable which entails that practices of hope can be fruitfully examined in conjunction with critical analysis of the beliefs that ground and shape them.
Understand the importance of context for the development of diverse eschatological beliefs
Evaluate a range of eschatological perspectives throughout the history of Christian theology
Communicate a critical understanding of the overlaps between philosophical and theological analyses of hope and hopelessness
Analytically articulate an appropriate form of engagement with perceived or real problems of hope and despair
Demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.
UG - Either an UG level 1 AP or CT unit
Mixed mode – Face-to-face, online, blended learning, flipped classrooms
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Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2020-09-23 13:58:57 +1000