I don't believe in organized religion. My religious beliefs are way too disorganized. This New Yorker cartoon captures the spirit of the age regarding notions of Christian doctrine, dogmatics, or systematic theology. This course explores questions like the following: What does it mean for theology to attempt to offer a conceptual articulation of Christian claims about God at a time when many, including some in the church, have little interest in such a pursuit? What are the implications of this loss of faith in the possibility of a comprehensive and consistent formulation of Christian belief? How are Christians to make judgments about the appropriate sources, norms, and ends of Christian theology, and how these relate to wider spheres of intellectual and practical spheres of life? Class discussions and readings address such questions as they explore challenges confronting theological reflection in contemporary church and society. Attention will be given to differing approaches to the traditional topics in theology, including the concept of God, the person of Christ, sin and salvation, the Holy Spirit and the nature of the Church. By exploring the perspectives of Liberal, Neo-orthodox, Feminist-Liberationist, and Postmodern theologies, class sessions illustrate how different decisions about the nature of theology have a wide range of implications for how one conceives of Christian belief.
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