Evans, Jr., We Have Been Believers: An African-American
Justo González, Christian Thought Revisited: Three Types of
Charles Marsh, God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil
Christopher Morse, Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian
Marjorie Suchocki, God-Christ-Church
REQUIREMENTS AND GRADING:
grade for this course will be on a Pass-Fail system. The
grade is based primarily on the final paper, but also on
consistently thoughtful work on the shorter class assignments
and readings. Students are expected to participate in
class in ways that show careful, thorough preparation and a
conscious effort to learn with and from others.
Attendance at all sessions is one measure of this.
paper will be on “A Theology for Practicing Ministry,” or,
more specifically, “My Ministry as I Make Sense of It with
the Aid of Theological Motif X.” Details about this
will be provided later. The final paper is due January
OF TOPICS AND READINGS:
The readings indicated for each class date are to be read for
Embedded Theologies and the Moral Life
Reading: Marsh, God’s Long Summer: Stories of Faith
and Civil Rights
due: Write five theological profiles, ½ page each,
describing the concept
of God found in each of the five figures presented in God’s
Types of Theology
Reading: González, Christian Thought Revisited: Three
Types of Theology
due: Bring to class: 1) 10 copies of your
denomination’s central “creedal statement,” or its
functional equivalent. Be prepared to analyze it in
terms of Gonzalez’s 3 types of theology
Reading: Morse, Not Every Spirit, pp.1-112, Evans,
We Have Been Believers, pp.1-52, Suchocki, God-Christ-Church,
due: Write a 2 page account itemizing what resources (in
general terms, e.g., scripture, prayer, newspaper, friends,
etc.) you draw on to prepare one of your better sermons, and,
in light of this, identify which of the methods of the 3
authors you are most at home with, and explain why.
God and Jesus Christ
Reading: Morse, Not Every Spirit, pp.113-170,
Evans, pp.53-98, Suchocki, God-Christ-Church, pp.49-125
due: In 3 pages, outline the lesson plan for a three
session adult Sunday School class on either the doctrine of
God or Jesus Christ. The content and tone of the lesson
plan should stretch a bridge between this session’s readings
and the capabilities of your parishioners. Also: Bring
in 10 copies of your favorite hymn about Jesus.
The Church and Eschatology
Reading: Morse, Not Every Spirit, pp.288-346, Evans,
due: By no later than December 4, email to
professor and everyone in the class a 1 page outline of your
final paper, identifying the key theological motif (e.g. God,
creation, sin, christology, ecclesiology, eschatology, etc.)
which you will be using to clarify what guides you in your
practice of ministry, and indicating your particular angle on
this motif. Each student will then be asked to respond
to another student’s outline. Also: Bring in 10 copies
of your favorite hymn about the Church.
Final Paper is due
OF RECENT AND IMPORTANT WORKS RELEVANT TO COURSE:
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Dogmatics in Outline, Harper, 1959.
Borg, The God We Never Knew, Harper, 1997.
Peebles Burch, Collective Absolute Presuppositions: Tectonic
Plates for Churches, Peter Lang, 1999.
Calvin, Calvin’s Institutes: A New Compend, ed. by Hught T.
Kerr, W/JKP, 1989.
Carmody, Christian Feminist Theology, Beacon, 1995.
Charry, By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function
of Christian Doctrine, Oxford, 1997.
Cobb, Jr., Becoming a Thinking Christian, Abingdon, 1993.
Cone, God of the Oppressed, Harper, 1975.
Erskine, Decolonizing Theology: A Caribbean Perspective,
Africa World Press, 1998.
Evans and Thomas Parker, Christian Theology: A Case Study
Approach, Harper, 1976.
Fackre, The Christian Story: A Narrative Interpretation of
Basic Christian Doctrine, vol. 1, 3rd edition, Eerdmans, 1996.
Gerrish, Saving and Secular Faith: An Invitation to Systematic
Theology, Fortress, 1999.
Gilpin, A Preface to Theology
González, Mañana: Christian Theology from a Hispanic
Perspective, Abingdon, 1990.
Hodgson, Christian Faith: A Brief Introduction, W/JKP, 2001.
Hodgson and Robert King, Christian Theology: An Introduction
to Its Traditions and Tasks, Fortress, 1982.
Hodgson and Robert King, Readings in Christian Theology,
Johnson, She Who Is: The Mystery of God in Feminist
Theological Discourse, Crossroad, 1993.
Jones, Theological Worlds: Understanding the Alternative
Rhythms of Christian Belief, Abingdon, 1989
Mowry LaCugna, ed., Freeing Theology: The Essentials of
Theology in Feminist Perspective, Harper, 1993.
Lash, Believing Three Ways in One God: A Reading of the
Apostles’ Creed, University of Notre Dame Press, 1992.
Lee, Marginality: The Key to Multicultural Theology, Fortress,
Creeds of the Churches, W/JKP, 1982.
ed., Feminist Theology: A Reader, W/JKP, 1990.
MacQuarrie, Principles of Christian Theology, Scribner’s,
Maitland, A Big-Enough God: A Feminist’s Search for a Joyful
Theology, Riverhead Books, 1995.
Migliore, Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to
Christian Theology, Eerdmans, 1991.
Musser and Joseph Price, eds. A New Handbook of
Christian Theology, Abingdon, 1992.
Peters, God—The World’s Future: Systematic Theology for a
Postmodern Era, Fortress, 2000.
Rahner, Foundations of Christian Faith: Introduction to
the Idea of Christianity, Crossroad, 1976.
Roberts, Liberation and Reconciliation: A Black Theology,
Ross, Extravagant Affections: A Feminist Sacramental Theology,
R. Ruether, Sexism and God-Talk, Beacon, 1983.
Shinn and Daniel Day Williams, We Believe: An Interpretation
of the United Church Statement of Faith, United Church Press,
Sobrino and Ignacio Ellacuría, eds., Systematic Theology:
Perspectives from Liberation Theology, Orbis, 1996.
Sölle, Thinking about God: An Introduction to Theology,
Stone and James Duke, How to Think Theologically, Fortress,
Hewitt Suchocki, God-Christ-Church: A Practical Guide to
Process Theology, Crossroad, 1993.
Tanner, Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic
Theology, Fortress, 2001.
Tillich, Systematic Theology (vols.1-3), University of