Systematic Theology in an Un-Systematic Age
College: Trinity College
Course Code: 
TRT1101HS
Semester: 
Second Semester
Section: 
9101
Online: 
Yes
Credits: 
One Credit
Location: 
Online – Synchronous
Description: 

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.

Pre-Requisites Currently Offered Next Scheduled Previously Offered Scheduling Information
Winter 2021
Winter 2020
Start Time: 
19:00
End Time: 
21:00
Hours per Week: 
2
Schedule: 
Tue
Minimum: 
10
Maximum: 
20
Additional Notes: 
This course was previously taught under the title "Systematic Theology"
Teaching Method: 
Lectures
Seminars
Readings
Means of Evaluation: 
Class Participation
Short Paper
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