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Christian Theology and Church History Course Units

Church History

CH4120 Church History

To trace the development of the Christian Church from its beginnings in Jerusalem to the turn of the twenty-first century, assessing the significance of various leaders, thinkers and movements.

CH5201 Early Church (entry prior to 2021 only)

This course gives detailed attention to historical and theological developments in the Early Church, starting with Pentecost and concluding with the transition from the ancient to medieval worlds that starts in the fourth century.

CH5201/CH6201 Early and Medieval Church (20 credits) (2021 entry onwards)

This course gives careful attention to historical and theological developments in the Early and Medieval Church, starting with Pentecost and concluding with close of the Middle Ages at the end of the fifteenth century, just prior to the advent of the Reformation.

CH5202 Medieval Church (entry prior to 2021 only)

This course will examine selected important historical and theological developments in the Church from the fourth century to the eve of the sixteenth-century Reformations.

CH5304 Wesley Studies

A critical appraisal of the life and work of John and Charles Wesley and their place in the Eighteenth Century Revival.

CH5305 Wesleyan Tradition

A survey of the development of Wesleyan theology and churchmanship in both Great Britain and America from Wesley’s death in 1791 to the present.

CH5206/CH6206 Reformation and Modern Church (20 credits) (2021 entry onwards)

This course will provide an examination of selected important historical and theological developments in the Church from the Reformation of the sixteenth century to the present. Some consideration will also be given to the rise of global Christianity.

CH6300 Selected CH Topics

An intensive study of selected documents and/or themes in Church History.

CH6306 Reformation (entry prior to 2021 only)

This course will examine the Reformations of the church in sixteenth-century Europe.

Prerequisite: CH4120, or permission of the lecturer.

CH6303 Modern Church and Global Christianity (entry prior to 2021 only)This course examines important historical and theological developments in the church in Western Europe from 1600 to the present day, including an assessment of global Christianity. Prerequisite: CH4120 or permission of the lecturer.

Christian Theology

CT4000 Knowing God in Christ

In this course students will learn to think theologically through a detailed examination of Christian beliefs about Jesus Christ. Students will discover that theology is not a list of facts about belief, but a way of thinking about God and the world.

CT4160 Faith and Philosophy

This module considers the ways in which theology and philosophy interact to help sharpen Christian thought. Students will learn to think about their thinking, and consider the ways that philosophy and culture impact Christian thought and practice, whether positively or negatively.

CT5000 Knowing God in the Spirit

Christians hold that the Holy Spirit enlivens and extends human faith and empowers them for the service of God. This course will examine Christian teaching about the Holy Spirit, with particular attention being paid to the life of faith and the life of the church. Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT5001 Knowing God as Triune

This course unit will examine the explicitly Christian belief that God is “triune” as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Students will learn how the doctrine of the Trinity opens up new depths for Christian spirituality and prayer. Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6000 Knowing God as Triune

This course will investigate the theology of Christian hope. Students will explore how our hopes shape our lives, and learn about the particular hopes that have permeated the church across history. Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6300 Selected CT Topics

An intensive study of selected documents and/or themes in Christian Theology. Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6301 Theological Ethics

This unit introduces students to Christian ethics. It will explore how Christian convictions about Christ and the world shape Christian activity. Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6310 Christian Holiness

A study of the issues involved in formulating a doctrine of Christian holiness based on Scripture in the light of the differing viewpoints held historically in the Church. A multi-disciplinary ‘Capstone Course,’ normally taken in the final academic year, the course assumes that students will have completed a range of advanced level units. Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6311 Contemporary Theology 1

A study of some of the writings of some major figures in mid-twentieth century theology, focused on the question of Christian public engagement in the increasingly secularised West.  Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6312 Contemporary Theology 2

A study of some of the writings of some major figures in early twenty-first-century theology and a critical appraisal of some theologians and some contemporary schools of though.  Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6322 Apologetics

Further philosophical explorations with particular attention to some aspects of the relationship between Christian theology and natural science, the existence of evil in the world, and the issues raised in discussion between Christianity and some alternative systems of belief.  Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6331 Historical Theology 1

A study of the writings of Irenaeus, Athanasius, Gregory of Nazianzus and Gregory of Nyssa in translation.  Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6332 Historical Theology 2

A study of the writings of Martin Luther and John Calvin.  Pre-requisite: CT4000

CT6340 Trajectories in Wesleyan Theology

This is a taught model that begins with a brief overview of John Wesley’s 18th century theology and then immediately moves into 20th century interpretations of Wesleyan theology. The unit culminates in looking at possible future directions for Wesleyan theology for the 21st century. Pre-requisite: CT4000

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