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What is theology? How do we do it, and why? Exploring Christian thinking on Jesus Christ, God, the Trinity, salvation, creation, and the last things.
Who is God, and what is God up to? What is the Bible all about anyway? Many smart people have thought about these things. Come and check out their responses. In an age that values easy answers to hard questions, this paper will help students to pursue the truth. It will also enable students to gain new perspectives on the content of Christian faith and to develop their thinking, writing and reflective skills.
|Paper title||Doing Theology|
|Subject||Christian Thought and History|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1
Semester 1 (On campus)
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$929.55|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- CHTX 111
- 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.
- Revd Associate Professor Christopher Holmes: firstname.lastname@example.org
- More information link
View more information on the Theology Programme’s website
- Teaching staff
Course Coordinator and Lecturer: Revd Associate Professor Christopher Holmes
- Paper Structure
This paper is divided into six modules:
- What is theology?
- Jesus Christ
- The Trinity
- Last things
Assessment comprises: An essay (35%), an online discussion (15%), and a final exam (50%).
- Teaching Arrangements
Campus: Two 1-hour lectures per week
Distance: One 50-minute and five 80-minute videoconferences spaced throughout the semester.
There is no compulsory textbook for this paper.
- Course outline
- View the course outline for
CHTH 111 (on campus)
View the course outline for CHTH 111 (distance)
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication,
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
- Learning Outcomes
This paper has two broad learning outcomes. Students who successfully complete it will be:
- Able to articulate the main themes of Christian theology in
a way that is responsible and coherent. In particular, this means:
- Understanding the principal teachings of Christian faith
- Appreciating some of the contributions of a few leading thinkers in the Christian theological tradition
- Recognising the principal areas of debate in the study of Christian theology and the interpretation of the Bible
- Empowered to read Christian theology for yourself and
prepared for more advanced engagement with its subject matter. In particular, this
- Being introduced to some of the available modes of theological reflection and to some of its most able practitioners, past and present
- Acquiring a robust appreciation for solid theological writing and teaching
- Able to articulate the main themes of Christian theology in a way that is responsible and coherent. In particular, this means: