140E SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
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Duane A. Priebe
This course is being developed in
conversation with Winston D. Persaud
Basic First Seminary Level Systematic Theology Course
Minimum 5 students, Maximum 15
3 semester hours; letter grade or credit-no credit - student's
course will introduce the fundamental structures of Christian and Lutheran
thought, as it explores the relationship between God, humanity and
the world in a history of revelation that extends from creation
and fall to the consummation of all things and is centered in Jesus
Christ. The course will be organized around the trinitarian framework
of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. Throughout the course, the
global context of the Christian witness to Jesus Christ and the
engagement between the Christian message and other religious traditions
will be kept in view.
To begin to be aware of the resources and methods for theological
thought, and to appreciate the multi-dimensional content of
the gospel as it addresses the rich variety of human contexts.
To understand the formative power of basic structures of human
thought, of Christian thought in the context of other religious
alternatives, and of Lutheran thought within the horizon of ecumenical
To learn to listen sensitively to people whose interpretation
of the gospel and view of the world differ from one's own, including
people of other religions. Such listening helps us understand
others sympathetically, and learning from them enriches our own
vision of reality and deepens our understanding of the gospel
of Jesus Christ and its power to touch human life.
To appreciate the cultural and contextual relativity of every
formulation of the gospel, while growing in awareness of the
universal meaning of God's activity in Jesus Christ.
To help students effectively present the meaning of the gospel
and the claim of Jesus Christ in open conversation with the world
of religious alternatives in such a way that they can learn
from others without being relativistic.
To be sensitive to the significance of the gospel for the human
longing for freedom and justice in the face of violence and oppression,
and to understand the relevance of the gospel for human unity
in the face of the divisive forces at large in the world.
The course will be structured as a 14-week course. Prior to the beginning of the course:
yourselves with the technonogy.
you are not yet familiar with Internet research tools, practice
by using Google.com to search for information on various topics.
- Read the various policies statements.
yourself to the others in the class on the "Student Home
the "Introductory Comments" Discussion Board, briefly
state your personal goals for the course.
respond to at least one other student.
The course will have four units:
First Article, 3 weeks
Second Article, 3 weeks
Third Article, 4 weeks.
to the course and its process, 25%; short papers and group
work at the end of each unit, 25%
not to exceed 3,500 words in length, 50%.
in all the elements of the course and a grade of at least a C
on the major paper are necessary to pass the course.
those taking the course for grades, a C means adequate work
that satisfies the requirements of the course; a B means work
that engages the material either with greater depth, insight
and clarity or with greater creativity; an A means work that
has done both. For those who choose to take the course for credit
or no-credit, the equivalent of at least a C is necessary to