THE3013 - Introduction to Christian Thought
An introduction to the discipline of Christian theology from a uniquely Wesleyan-Holiness perspective with attention to its task, sources, scope and vocabulary, as well as the integration of theology with ministry. Emphasis will also be placed on critical Christian thinking and on comparative analysis of theological belief systems of a variety of religious groupings. Prerequisite: Biblical Interpretation.
The following learning objectives will be achieved by this course:
- To appreciate the critical relationship between theological integrity and vital Christian spirituality within the context of ministry.
- To understand and appreciate the life of the mind and the proper role of reasoning in the Christian life and ministry.
- To learn to think theologically and apply the discipline of doing theology to contemporary ministry, spiritual formation, and personal life and family.
- To analyze a variety of theological belief systems and religious groupings for the purpose of identifying what distinguishes and affirming what unites.
- To comprehend the foundations and distinctiveness of our unique Wesleyan-holiness theological tradition.
- To grasp the discipline of theology with attention to definition, theological terms, categories of theological reflection, objections to theology, and the task sources, and scope of theology.
- To lay the foundations for the study of systematic and theology and its major headings.
- To identify and articulate a personal approach to theology with commensurate strengths and weaknesses.
The following competencies as outlined in the Sourcebook on Ordination: United States of America Edition, 2006 to meet the educational requirements for Ordination within the Church of the Nazarene will be achieved by completing this course:
- Ability to identify and explain the Doctrine of Holiness from a Wesleyan perspective. (CN-23)
- Ability to apply basic understanding of ethical theories to teach and nurture ethical behavior in the Christian community. (CH-1)
- Ability to discern and make theologically based ethical decisions in the midst of a complex and/or paradoxical context. (CH-2)
- Ability to apply Christian ethics to the issues of the integrity of the minister and the congregation for authentic Christian faithfulness and public witness. (CH-5)
- Ability to apply understanding of his or her ongoing developmental needs across the life course of the minister to the pursuit of holy character. (CH-9)