The central historical and contemporary debates concerning the person and role of the Holy Spirit; the nature and function of the church; baptism and the Lord's Supper.
Christian theology has several wonderful, complex and crucial themes. The Holy Spirit, the church and the sacraments are three of them. Students will examine how Scripture and some leading theologians past and present engage these matters. The paper encourages a robust understanding of God's redemptive presence and activity by the development of deep reading and critical research skills.
|Paper title||Spirit, Church and Sacraments (Advanced)|
|Subject||Christian Thought and History|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- One 200-level CHTH or CHTX paper
- CHTH 212, CHTX 212, CHTX 312
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- Reverend Associate Professor Christopher Holmes: firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Theology and Religion's websites: www.otago.ac.nz/theology or www.otago.ac.nz/religion
- Teaching staff
- Reverend Associate Professor Christopher Holmes
- Paper Structure
- The paper is structured in three modules that guide students through these key theological
themes in progressively deeper ways. Students acquire competence in reading primary
texts and assessing their authors' claims.
Assessment: Two written assignments (20% and 30%) and a three-hour exam (50%).
- Teaching Arrangements
- Campus: Two lectures per week (50 minutes each)
Distance: Four videoconferences (one 1-hour and three 2-hour) and one teaching day
- Textbooks are not required. A course book has been developed for this paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Research, in-depth knowledge.
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- Learning Outcomes
- When you have successfully completed the paper at the 300 level, you will
- Have acquired a depth of understanding concerning the identity and mission of the church and the person and work of the Spirit
- Have understood the key theological features of the sacraments of baptism and Eucharist (Lord's Supper) and a nuanced appreciation of why Protestants differ among themselves and also in relationship to Catholics
- Become adept at the art of reading classical theological texts and skilled at expressing theological concepts both orally and in writing
- Significantly sharpened your ability to relate theological claims to life and pastoral practice
- 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.