The aim of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the nature of systematic theology as this discipline relates to contemporary social and political issues. Special attention is given to the emergence of liberal, orthodox, and neo-orthodox theologies in Europe and North America and to their impact on the rise of liberation theologies in Asia, Africa, Latin America, within U.S. minorities, and also among women in all groups. It is hoped that students not only clarify their own personal stance but, in addition, come to understand perspectives radically different from their own. Readings are taken from twentieth-century sources.

Notes: TS 101 or TS 103 or TS 104 required for MA and MDiv students. Formerly ST 103.