of the course:
provide the student with a sense of the historical variety and
development of Christian doctrine;
facilitate the understanding of the theological ideas within a
particular historical content;
cultivate both historical and philosophical skills.
the end of the course, the student will:
an overview of the movement of theological ideas from the New
Testament to the 20th century;
a grasp of the link between theological ideas and historical
have a good historical and philosophical sensitivity.
1: An overview of the course.
Grappling with the Past.
2: Moving from the Bible. (P/ chapters 1 & 2.)
3: Patristic Period: part 1 – Gnosticism and the Apologists. (P/
chapters 4 & 5)
4: Patristic Period: part 2 – Trinitarian and Christological
Controversy. (P/ chapter 6)
5: Augustine (P/chapter 8)
6: The Middle Ages. (P/chapters 9/10/11)
8: Luther and the Reformation (P/chapter 12/13)
9: Calvin and the English Reformation. (P/chapter 14)
10: The Enlightenment. Kant and Schlieremacher. (P/chapter 15)
11: Theology in the United States (P/chapter 16)
12: Modern Theology (P/chapters 17 & 18)
13: Where to now?
Placher, A History of Christian Theology. An Introduction
(P = reading required from Placher)
Bettenson and Chris Maunder, Documents of the Christian Church.
This will be used in the class.
Confessions, translated by Henry Chadwick. (Oxford World
W. P & Diesslin, R. L. A Journey through Christian Theology
Alastair Historical Theology.
Henry, The Early Church (Penguin 1967)
Owen, The Reformation
W. H. C. The Early Church (Fortress 1982)
Justo, A History of Christian Thought (Abingdon 1988)
Peter C. & Robert H. King, Christian Theology.
An Introduction to its
Traditions and Tasks
(Fortress Press 1982)
Robert, A Theology Primer
Jeffrey B. A History of Medieval Christianity
(Harlan Davidson 1968)
week five). Take
Augustine’s Confessions and (a) locate the text
historically, (b) describe the main themes of the text, and
(c) offer an analysis of his contemporary value for modern
a 15 page paper on a particular controversy, which can be
individually determined with the instructor.