This course aims to introduce the multifarious hermeneutics of the relationship between theological knowledge and cultural contexts in Christian thought. It does this by (1) presenting the major contemporary Christian approaches to the Gospel-culture or theology-context question, and (2) displaying literature on theological discourses that come from different cultural and intellectual contexts around the world. In every session, the students and the instructor will read, discuss, and assess classical and contemporary theological texts and apprehend some forms of theology done in the light of the questions and challenges of cultures and contexts from the non-western world. At the end of the course, the students will acquire basic knowledge about the nature of contextual theological reasoning. They will also have the chance to evaluate and learn about how western and non-western Christians think theologically in relation to their particular contextual inquiries and how they understand the relation between faith and culture or theology and context.
Course fulfills the following curricular requirements:
MAIRS – Ministerial Studies: Foundations of the Christian Faith