This course explores the theology and influence of key figures that have shaped the Protestant and evangelical tradition from Luther, Calvin, and the early Anabaptists to Karl Barth, Lesslie Newbigin, Stanley Grenz, and Miroslav Volf. It also looks at the key theological issues that animate the Protestant and evangelical theological tradition—e.g., justification, atonement, and Scripture. Though a theology course, it considers how theological issues shape our understanding of Christian spirituality and ministry.
- Know the major strands of Protestant thought and practice in both their historical development and current forms.
- Know the distinct historical-cultural contexts of Protestant and evangelical theologies and how those contexts shaped the formation and development of those theologies.
- Know the underlying logic shaping this tradition from its inception to its present state.
- Appreciate that theology is a dynamic and contextual effort to discern appropriate ways to embody the redemption revealed in Jesus Christ.
- Embrace a deeper sense of your Christian identity vis-à-vis the diverse trajectories of Protestant theology.
- Reflect on how an alternative theological and spiritual Protestant trajectory can positively contribute to your process of spiritual formation—How can a Calvinist learn from an Anabaptist and vice versa?
- Read and critically evaluate key texts in the history of Protestant theology.
- Lead a class discussion of an important text in Protestant theology
- Write and present a thesis paper or integration project that treats a significant issue in the Protestant theological traditions—see degree specialization assignments for specific paper/project descriptions.
- Engage in the process of constructive theological reflection by describing the way(s) the class (readings, lectures, etc.) has shaped your understanding of what it means to be a Christian.