Theology—often defined as “faith seeking understanding”—is always informed by context: the particularities of the setting in which such understanding is sought. This course foregrounds situatedness as it facilitates exploration of multiple perspectives on Christianity’s core doctrines and its traditions of belief and practice. Students will be introduced to a spectrum of models and methods of contextual theologizing as they read and discuss classical and contemporary Christian discourse from various parts of the world. In the process, they will progress in their ability to explain how factors such as geographic location, race, ethnicity, gender, intersectionality, environment, socio-economic-political situation, or experience of colonialism bear on understandings of Christian faith and have influenced the development and interpretation of Christian theological concepts.
Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS - Ministerial Studies: Foundations of the Christian Faith
MAIRS - Interreligious Studies Elective
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