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CHTH313 Issues in Theology (Advanced)

A special topic focusing on central issues and debates in theology.

This paper will extend the work completed at the 100/200 level in Systematic Theology by a more in-depth study of one of the core areas in Christian doctrine, namely the person and work of the triune God. It aims to help you to comprehend more fully the biblical basis of the doctrine; the development of the doctrine in the early church; leading trinitarian theologians such as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth; and contemporary issues in trinitarian theology. This study is undertaken with a view towards the difference the doctrine makes for Christian existence and the challenges of human history.

Paper title Issues in Theology (Advanced)
Paper code CHTH313
Subject Christian Thought and History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 200-level CHTH or CHTX paper
Restriction
CHTH 213, CHTX 213, CHTX 313
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Contact
Dr Christopher Holmes: christopher.holmes@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Dr Christopher Holmes
Paper Structure
This paper will be taught as both a distance paper and as an on-campus paper.

This paper will be assessed through three pieces of written work. There is no exam.
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: One 2-hour class each week

Distance: Four videoconferences spaced throughout the semester
Textbooks
A course book has been developed for this paper. No textbook is required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should
  • Become acquainted with basic Christian teaching concerning the identity and work of the triune God
  • Have understood the key theological features of the doctrine and the historic differences of understanding regarding the doctrine between East and West
  • Become more adept at the art of reading theological texts and more skilled at expressing theological concepts both orally and in writing
  • Sharpen their ability to relate theological claims to Christian practice in a pluralistic age
Course outline

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

A special topic focusing on central issues and debates in theology.

This paper will extend the work completed at the 100/200 level in Systematic Theology by a more in-depth study of one of the core areas in Christian doctrine, namely the person and work of the triune God. It aims to help you to comprehend more fully the biblical basis of the doctrine; the development of the doctrine in the early church; leading trinitarian theologians such as Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth; and contemporary issues in trinitarian theology. This study is undertaken with a view towards the difference the doctrine makes for Christian existence and the challenges of human history.

Paper title Issues in Theology (Advanced)
Paper code CHTH313
Subject Christian Thought and History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level CHTH or CHTX paper
Restriction
CHTH 213, CHTX 213, CHTX 313
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Contact
Reverend Associate Professor Christopher Holmes: christopher.holmes@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Reverend Associate Professor Christopher Holmes
Paper Structure
Module 1: Scripture and Trinity;
Module 2: Road to Nicaea, Nicaea and its Legacy;
Module 3: Augustine on the Trinity;
Module 4: Thomas on the Trinity;
Module 5: Barth on the Trinity;
Module 6: Trinity in Contemporary Theology

Assessment: 3 essays
Teaching Arrangements
Campus: One 2-hour class each week

Distance: Four videoconferences spaced throughout the semester, plus a teaching day.
Textbooks
A course book has been developed for this paper. No textbook is required.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should
  • Become acquainted with basic Christian teaching concerning the identity and work of the triune God
  • Have understood the key theological features of the doctrine and the historic differences of understanding regarding the doctrine between East and West
  • Become more adept at the art of reading theological texts and more skilled at expressing theological concepts both orally and in writing
  • Sharpen their ability to relate theological claims to Christian practice in a pluralistic age

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Wednesday 15:00-20:50 29

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Monday 14:00-15:50 28, 31-34, 36-41