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This unit provides an introduction to the process of studying Christian theology. After considering various approaches to the theological task; the unit explores an integrated, theological approach which gives due weight to Scripture, tradition and context. Far from being an irrelevance, such faith seeking understanding is vital to the health and mission of the Christian church. The unit considers various aspects of critical thinking, and illustrates the significance of critical thinking for an academic study of theology. In addition, a range of learning activities provides students with the opportunity to refresh essential study skills or be introduced to them for the first time.
This unit provides the theological foundations for a missional ecclesiology and explores contextualised expressions of mission in various shapes of contemporary church. The missiological significance and potential of both inherited and emerging churches is explored, and emphasis is placed on critically evaluating these. Consideration is given to building missional churches in a range of settings, including urban, rural and cross-cultural environments, and the dynamics of both large and small mission-shaped churches are discussed. Throughout the unit students are encouraged to reflect theologically and critically on the models.
This unit builds on the discussion of introductory issues in unit 112 Introduction to the Bible and on skills acquired in unit 103 Reading and Using the Bible. It helps students to improve their exegetical skills and to read and use commentaries and other aids independently. It also pays attention to contemporary use of the Old Testament.
This unit focuses on basic grammar and syntax as contained in the textbook; it also offers a brief historical treatment of language and of the transmission of the text, and pays attention to idiomatic expressions in New Testament Greek. Reading from the original text is emphasised from the start of the unit. The biblical text used is Johns Gospel, with selections from the Letters of John. The teaching of grammatical forms and structures is supported by teacher-prepared handouts with forms being introduced in the context of New Testament examples.