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TEOL1415: Introduction to Systematic Theology

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Person responsible for the course:Daniela Lucia Rapisarda (
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Autumn
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor of Theology
Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry
Examination support material permitted:LIST F3

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Written school exam2021-11-15 15. Nov 20212021-11-01 1. Nov 2021
Start time:09:00
Duration:4 hours
Release date for results: 6. Dec 2021

General information

TEOL1415 provides an introduction to the fundamental ideas of Christianity, how they have been developed, and who the main thinkers within Christian theology are. The course addresses issues of method in the interpretation of the Bible and examines the interplay of scripture, tradition and experience in the process of formulation of the Christian doctrine. The course further focuses on how Christian theology relates to current social issues.

Course requirements

In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Take part in a minimum of 60% of the lectures.
  • Submit on Canvas and receive approval for an essay (900-1200 words) by the due date (see the syllabus for details on the topic of the essays and the due date). The essay must include at least two correctly formulated references and a separate bibliography.
  • Participate in the electronic evaluation of the course if such evaluation is stipulated in the relevant term.
When course requirements are not fulfilled, this will count as one examination attempt, unless the student withdraws before the set deadline (1 May/November).

Final assessment

The final assessment for this course is based on one written exam (4 hours). The course and final exam will be graded A-F.
In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfil the course requirements within the fixed deadline.

Course objective and content

The student has:
  • good knowledge about selected dogmatic issues, such as creation, the trinity, revelation, christology, salvation, ecclesiology and eschatology
  • knowledge of methods for the interpretation of the bible and the formulation of doctrine knowledge about fundamental questions within Christian theology and in relation to social issues
The student can:
  • discuss critically the main issues in systematic theology
  • use relevant theological concepts, principles and materials in his/her work
  • relate main issues in systematic theology to social issues. reflect critically on their own beliefs in light of Christian dogmatics


To access electronic literature when you are not at MF:

  • Boff, L. & Boff, C. (1987). Introducing liberation theology. Tunbridge Wells, Kent: Burns & Oates. Library
  • Chan, S. (2014). Grassroots Asian theology: Thinking the faith from the ground up. Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic. Library
  • Gibellini, R. (Ed.) (1994). Paths of African theology. London: SCM Press. Library
  • Hegstad, H. (2018). God, the world, and hope: An introduction to Christian dogmatics. Eugene, Or: Wipf & Stock. Library
  • McGrath, A. E. (2017). Christian theology: An introduction (6. ed., p. 83-151). Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons. Library. Hentet fra
  • McGrath, A. E. (2012). Theology: The basics (3. ed.). Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell. Library

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