This course interprets doctrinal positions in contemporary Christian theology, also referred to as constructive theology. The course aims to develop both familiarity and facility with theological discourse represented by Christian liberal, neoorthodox and liberation theologians. Through a close reading of widely diverse texts, the course will explore the nature of various doctrines central to Christian belief and practice along with their “systematic” nexus of links. The texts studied will address theological language and method, the doctrines of scripture, God, Trinity, Christ, Holy Spirit, creation, providence, the human person, sin, salvation, the church, and the last things. Attention will be given to how social and political context informs theological thinking, identifying different ways to formulate a single doctrine, while examining the ramifications of contrasting theologies. In conversation with the readings, the lectures, and with one another, students will be encouraged to reason toward their own ideas and to move towards formulating their own constructive theological position.
- Professor: Andrea C. White