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Christian doctrine

DT1003

This programme module offers a systematic study of three central themes in contemporary Christian theology.

Topics covered

  • In Christology, why is Christ said to be ‘divine’?
  • In Trinitarian theology, why should theology think of a differentiation of ‘persons in God’ and how might that be expressed?
  • In the theology of salvation, why should Christians want to see significance in Christ’s death?

Learning outcomes

If you complete the course successfully, you should be able to:

  • Identify the key themes in and discussions about the central Christian teachings about Christ, God and Salvation
  • Describe the consistency and connections between the three parts of the paper: Christ, the Trinity and Salvation
  • Discuss the connections between doctrines and their historical and socio-cultural settings
  • Critically evaluate the discussions and approaches which theologians have proposed in relation to the three themes
  • Discuss the arguments in favour of different accounts and models of Christ, Trinity and Atonement
  • Conduct a systematic critical analysis of texts and ideologies and to debate the issues in an open-minded and rigorous way
  • Discuss the issues intelligently
  • Show a developing ability to assess texts from socio-cultural and historical perspectives
  • Select and organise material from a range of sources
  • Produce clear, well-structured written work
  • Show some ability to manage their own learning, including working effectively to deadlines
  • Identify and describe in detail the key themes in and discussions about the central Christian teachings about Christ, God and Salvation
  • Explain relevant connections between the three parts of the paper (Christ, the Trinity and Salvation) and indicate possible difficulties of interpretation
  • Discuss the connections between doctrines and their historical and socio-cultural settings
  • Undertake a detailed evaluation of the discussions and approaches which theologians have proposed in relation to the three themes
  • Offer an in-depth analysis of the arguments in favour of different accounts and models of Christ, Trinity and Atonement
  • Conduct a systematic and detailed critical analysis of texts and ideologies and to debate the issues in an open-minded and rigorous way
  • Discuss the issues intelligently, showing an understanding of the nuances of the debate
  • Show a well-developed ability to assess texts from socio-cultural and historical perspectives
  • Select and organise material from a good range of sources
  • Produce clear, well-structured written work
  • Show ability to manage their own learning, including working effectively to deadlines

Assessment

Three-hour examination.

Indicative reading

  • Anselm of Canterbury, The Major Works. (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics: Oxford University Press, 1998) [ISBN 0192825259].
  • Grenz, S.J. Rediscovering the Triune God: The Trinity in Contemporary Theology. (Minneapolis, Minn.: Fortress Press, 2004) [ISBN 0800636546].
  • Hunt, A. What Are They Saying about the Trinity? (New York: Paulist, 1998) [ISBN 0809138069].
  • McGrath, A.E. Christian Theology: An Introduction. (Oxford: Blackwell, 1994) [ISBN 0631198490].
  • O’Collins, G. Christology: A Biblical, Historical and Systematic Study of Jesus. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994) [ISBN 0198755023]. (Surveys all the relevant themes and developments.)