In this course, we will consider the abiding significance of creeds and catechisms for Christian faith and practice.
ST540 Creeds & Catechisms: An Introduction to Theological Thinking
Description: In this course, we will consider the abiding significance of creeds and catechisms for Christian faith and practice. The course consists of an introduction to the content and structure of the Christian faith through a close study of the Ecumenical Creeds and Martin Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms. While we will examine the historical and political issues surrounding the development of these documents, our focus will be on the role of creeds and catechisms as summaries, confessions, and rules of the church’s faith. We will pay special attention to the theology encapsulated in creedal and catechetical statements. Additionally, we will take note of the different ways creeds and catechisms give shape to Christian preaching, teaching, biblical interpretation, worship, and pastoral care. Our hope is that students will come away from the class with a deeper appreciation of the significance of creeds and catechisms for the church and the Christian life, and an eagerness to incorporate the creedal and catechetical traditions into the practices of public ministry.