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ST660 Theology I

Description: Theology is the search for appropriate speech about God and the things of God. Christian theology is the study of the way the Holy Scriptures speak of God and the Savior he has sent, Jesus Christ. The goal of Christian theology is to discern and articulate the coherence and unity of the witness to God and his Christ […]

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ST660 Theology I

Description: Theology is the search for appropriate speech about God and the things of God. Christian theology is the study of the way the Holy Scriptures speak of God and the Savior he has sent, Jesus Christ. The goal of Christian theology is to discern and articulate the coherence and unity of the witness to God and his Christ in the Scriptures. Theology thus arises from Scripture and, in turn, sheds light on Scripture. Orthodox doctrinal formulae summarize what has been discovered in a corporate enterprise of reflection, discussion, and discernment that has been going on since the Day of Pentecost. Church doctrine guides us into the scriptural witness to Christ, disciplining and deepening both our understanding and our proclamation. In Theology I, we will focus on the foundational doctrines of the Trinity and the incarnation. We will ask, “How can we speak of God at all? What does the word ‘God’ mean in Christian speech? Who is Jesus Christ and how is he related to God and to us? How shall we read his story in the Gospels? What has he done to save us?” The goal of this course is not only to learn the orthodox formulae, but also to discern how they interpret Scripture, how they are related to one another, and how they articulate the mystery of Christ and the salvation he has accomplished.