A special topic focusing on central issues and debates in Systematic Theology. (Currently: The Trinity)
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: The Trinity (Advanced)|
|Subject||Christian Thought and History|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2019|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$886.35|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,766.35|
- One 200-level CHTH or CHTX paper
- CHTH 213, CHTX 213, CHTX 313
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Theology
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- A course book has been developed for this paper. No textbook is required.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking,
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