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TEOL2790: Constructive Theology

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Person responsible for the course:Marion Grau (Marion.Grau@mf.no)
Credit points (ECTS):10
Start of studies:Spring
Study programme:Bachelor's degree programme - Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society
Department:Department of Theology and Ministry

Examination dates/written assignment deadlines

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1 Final deadline to withdraw from examination

Examination typeDate / DeadlineWithdrawal deadline 1
Home exam – New and postponed - N.B. Own rules for access.2020-08-14 14. Aug 20202020-08-02 2. Aug 2020
Hand-out date:11. Aug 2020
Time for hand-out:09:00
Submission date:14. Aug 2020
Submission deadline:12:00
Duration:3 dayER
Release date for results: 4. Sep 2020

General information

This course focuses on reconstructing selected core topics in doctrine and addressing contemporary issues through critical engagement with Christian textual and practical traditions. Students will consider the methods, sources, and manifestations in various communities of faith. Students will encounter the selected doctrinal symbols of the Christian tradition in ancient, historical, and contemporary terms, incorporating the voices of a variety of communities, contexts, and concerns. They will learn to work theologically using the resources of a variety of traditions and disciplines, and to translate doctrinal symbols into the various languages of their own personal and communal ecclesial contexts and concerns, as persons-in-community. The goal of this course is to help students practice the concepts and language needed to serve as theological leaders in a variety of communities and ministries. Particular foci of the class are theological hermeneutics, theological anthropology, comparative and interreligious theologies as well as theological responses to climate change.
 
Prerequisites: TEOL1415

Course requirements

As a result of the corona situation there may be changes in the assessment forms (course requirements and / or exam) spring semester 2020. Any changes will be announced in the relevant Canvas-room. All students must stay continuously updated on these changes.
 
 
In order to receive a final assessment, the student must:
  • Attend 60% of the lectures
  • Submit and have approved at least 10 Reading Responses submitted in advance of the class session via Canvas. See syllabus for further details.
  • Submit and have approved a mid-term paper of 1500-2000 words by the given deadline. The paper will receive feedback.
  • 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 grade for this course is given on the basis of a three-day home exam (2500-3500 words). In order to receive a final assessment, the student must fulfill the course requirements within the fixed deadline. The course and final exam will be graded A-F.

Course objective and content

KNOWLEDGE
The student:
  • Has good knowledge of key theological terms, topics, structures, patterns and historical developments of the treated theological topics
  • Has good knowledge of theological hermeneutics and political theologies and how context affects theological doctrine
  • Has good knowledge of the doctrine of theological anthropology and the various challenges brought to it from biosciences and disability studies
  • Has good knowledge of the challenge of comparative and interreligious theologies and their contribution to pluralistic societies
  • Has good knowledge of the doctrines of creation and redemption especially as it concerns challenges brought to it by climate change
 
SKILLS
The student:
  • Is able to recognize, describe and employ theological terms, patterns, and typologies in critical ways.
  • Has an increased ability to think critically and constructively about historic and contemporary theological reasoning.
  • Can coherently distinguish, recount, and critically engage a variety of theological approaches to a subject and be able to state their own position clearly and coherently, so it can be engaged by a wider public.
  • Will be able to articulate positions that address issues within their own denominational tradition and use resources that are from their context or relevant to it.

Literature

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LITERATURE
  • Betcher, S. (2004). Monstrosities, miracles, and mission: Religion and the politics of disablement. I C. Keller, M. Nausner & M. Rivera (Ed.), Postcolonial theologies: Divinity and empire (p. 79-99). St. Louis, Mo: Chalice Press. Library (Compendium). Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Cavanaugh, W. (2019). Church. I W. T. Cavanaugh & P. Scott (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell companion to political theology (2. ed., p. 431-443). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Library. Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Christie, D. E. (2013). The blue sapphire of the mind: Notes for a contemplative ecology (p. 70-101). New York: Oxford University Press. Library (Compendium)
  • Copeland, M. S. (2018). Black political theologies. I W. T. Cavanaugh & P. Scott (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell companion to political theology (2. ed., p. 264-279). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Library. Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Deane-Drummond, C. (2017). A primer in ecotheology: Theology for a fragile earth. Eugene, Or: Cascade. Library. Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Grau, M. (2018). The revelations of global climate change: A petroeschatology. I S. Bergmann (Ed.), Eschatology as imagining the end: Faith between hope and despair (p. 45-60). London: Routledge. Library (Compendium)
  • Jasper, D. (2004). A short introduction to hermeneutics. Louisville, Ky: Westminster John Knox Press. Library
  • Keller, C. (1999). The end or the edge?. Living pulpit,. Library (Compendium).
  • Keller, C. The attraction of the apocalypse and the evil of the end. (Compendium).
  • Khir, B. M. (2018). The islamic quest for sociopolitical justice. I W. T. Cavanaugh & P. Scott (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell companion to political theology (2. ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Library. Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Kim, G. J.-S. & Koster, H. P. (Ed.) (2017). A selection. I Planetary solidarity: Global women's voices on Christian doctrine and climate justice. Minneapolis: Fortress Press. Library. Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Kraft, S. & Johnson, G. (2018). Protective occupation, emergent networks, rituals of solidarity: Comparing Alta (Sapmi), Maune Kea (Hawaii), and Standing Rock (North Dakota). I L. Hobgood-Oster & W. Bauman (Ed.), The Bloomsbury handbook of religion and nature: The elements (p. 185-196). London: Bloomsbury Academic. Library. Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Moltmann, J. (2004). In the end - the beginning: The life of hope (p. 33-52). London: SCM press. Library (Compendium)
  • Ochs, P. (2018). Abrahamic theopolitics revisited. I W. T. Cavanaugh & P. Scott (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell companion to political theology (2. ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Library. Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Park, A. S. (2001). Introduction; The Bible and Han. I A. S. Park & S. L. Nelson (Ed.), The other side of sin: Woundedness from the perspective of the sinned-against (p. 1-23, 45-59). Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press. Library/ (Compendium)
  • Pieris, A. (2018). Political theologies in Asia. I W. T. Cavanaugh & P. Scott (Ed.), The Wiley Blackwell companion to political theology (2. ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. Library. Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Rambo, S. (2008). Saturday in New Orleans: Rethinking the Holy Spirit in the aftermath of trauma. Review & Expositor, 105(2), p. 229-244. Library. Hentet fra dx.doi.org
  • Ronan, M. (2017). American evangelicalism, apocalypticism and the anthropocene. I C. Deane-Drummond, S. Bergmann, M. Vogt & H. Bedford-Strohm (Ed.), Religion in the anthropocene (p. 218-231). Eugene, Or: Cascade Books. Library (Compendium)
  • Sobrino, J. (2004). Where is God?: Earthquake, terrorism, barbarity, and hope (p. 1-28). Maryknoll, N.Y: Orbis Books. Library (Compendium). Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com
  • Swoboda, A. J. (2013). Tongues and trees: Toward a Pentecostal ecological theology (p. 192-237). Blandford Forum: Deo Publishing. Library (Compendium)
  • Voss Roberts, M. (2017). Body parts: A theological anthropology. Grand Rapids, Mich: Fortress Press. Library. Hentet fra bibsys-almaprimo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com

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