Introduction to Christian Theology

Unit 5 Introduction to Christian Theology

Unit aims

This unit aims to provide learners with an introduction to the understanding of Christian theology and the nature and necessity of theology in the contemporary world.  This will include the authority of God’s self-disclosure in Scripture, the nature of the Triune God and the doctrines of man, sin, the person and the work of Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Students will also be introduced to the biblical doctrines of salvation, sanctification, the church and the last days.

 

This unit will draw upon and support learning in the following units in this qualification:  

·        Unit 7 Pentecostalism and Charismatic Studies;

·        Unit 10 Introduction to Biblical Studies;

·        Unit 12 The Theology and Practice of Ministry

 

Unit level

6

Unit code 

R/618/8424

GLH

60

Credit value

15

Unit grading structure

Pass, Merit and Distinction

Assessment guidance

In order to achieve this unit, learners must produce work which demonstrates achievement of the learning outcomes at the standards provided by the assessment criteria and the completion of assignments in accordance with awarding organisation guidance.

Learning outcomes

The learner will:

Assessment criteria

The learner can:

 

 

 

Pass

Merit

Distinction

1.     Understand the terms used in theology and the meaning of the various categories of Systematic Theology

1.1.    Explain the meaning and differentiate between the terms Systematic Theology, Biblical Theology, and Historical Theology

1.2.    Explain the meaning and differentiate between the different categories of Systemic Theology

 

 

 

2.     Understand the importance of historical theology in the development of the doctrines of revelation scripture, Triune God, creation, providence and angels.

2.1.    Analyse how historical theology has led to the development of doctrines in revelation scripture, Triune God, evidence of creation, providence and angels

 

2M1.   Compare and contrast different world views on the doctrines of revelation, scripture, God, creation providence and angels.

 

3.     Be able to integrate theological doctrines with contemporary issues.

 

3.1.    Research contemporary  issues facing the local community

3.2.    Apply theological doctrines to the stated issues, explaining the outcomes

 

3M1.   Apply theoretical doctrines to contemporary issues facing the world

 

 

 

 

LO3 and LO4

 

3D1.    Present information orally to the wider church community on biblical theology and their application to global issues, using appropriate support materials

4.     Be able to minister in the local church with greater clarity on biblical theology.

 

4.1.    Produce written coherent and convincing arguments to articulate and defend the essential doctrines of the Christian faith

4.2.    Present these arguments orally and in context

4.3.    Provide advice and guidance to individuals on issues, using biblical theology

 

 

Indicative Content

 

LO1 Understand the terms used in theology and the meaning of the various categories of Systematic Theology

 

This includes an introductory survey of the main doctrines of the Christian Faith, and their development: from scripture to tradition or creed, through to Christian belief and contemporary experience.

The main themes covered include

  • origin of doctrine
  • the authority of Scripture
  • the existence of God and the Christian understanding of God as Trinity
  • the person of Jesus, and the doctrine of the Incarnation
  • the Atonement and soteriology
  • church traditions and sacraments.

While these will be examined from a broadly conservative, evangelical, charismatic perspective, there will be due recognition to the perspectives of other major denominational traditions.

LO2 Understand the importance of historical theology in the development of the doctrines of revelation scripture, Triune God, creation, providence and angels.

 

The survey of Church history will be from its beginnings to the present day.  This will include the major epochs of Church history, the contribution of its central characters, the distinctive of Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Protestant branches, theological developments, and the significance of movements in Church history for the Church today.  

 

LO3 Be able to integrate theological doctrines with contemporary issues.

 

There will be a brief survey of the history of philosophical worldviews and life narratives as a background for understanding the challenges that are involved in developing a contemporary theology and ethic that are accountable to Scripture and traditional understandings of Christianity. It will involve assessing various competing alternatives and seek to understand how the Christian faith can address and resolve the issues involved.

 

LO4 Be able to minister in the local church with greater clarity on biblical theology

 

There will be focus on three key areas:

  • the doctrine of the Church,
  • the Ministry and Mission of the Church,
  • issues facing the contemporary Church

Particular elements include: exploring the biblical understanding of the nature and diversity of the Church, based on the New Testament documents; Church government, and the significance of socio-political context; the doctrine of the ‘priesthood of all believers’; the mission of the Church; the impact of the emerging Church; and the challenges faced by the Church in the 21st century.

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