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T7337 Christian Anthropology and Grace

  • Unit Code & NameT7337 Christian Anthropology and Grace
  • DescriptionWhat does it mean to be human? Where have we come from? What is the hope for humanity and how will we realise it?

    This course unit seeks to provide students with a theological understanding of the human person and the ability to relate Christian anthropology to the theology of grace. It enables students to begin to integrate their prior theological learning into a coherent framework based on a Christian vision of human persons and their orientation to the divine life.
  • DisciplineTheology
  • LevelUndergraduate
  • Semester2, 2017
  • Delivery ModeIntensive
  • Date17 - 21 July, 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Lecturer(s) Laithe Greenaway
  • Prerequisites9 credit points from 7200 series units in Theology
  • Learning ActivitiesLearning activities for this course include Lectures, tutorials, student presentations and small group work
  • AssessmentsCritical Book Review, Class Presentation and Essay
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Understand the key features of the debates on grace that have occurred in Christian history
    2. Comprehend the interdependency of Christian anthropology and the theology of divine grace particularly as it is manifest in attempts to reconcile understandings of grace and human free will
    3. Relate the theology and life of grace to the Holy Trinity
    4. Analyse and critique recent ecumenical dialogue on Christian anthropology and grace and
    5. Apply the theology of the human person and grace to the dynamics of personal, cultural and social transformation.
  • Text BooksJoel B. Green, Body, Soul, and Human Life : The Nature of Humanity in the Bible (Grand Rapids Mich.: Baker Academic, 2008).

    You do not have to purchase the following but may like to refer to them:
    - Basil the Great. On Social Justice. Edited by Translated by C. Paul. Schroeder. Crestwood N.Y: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2009.
    - --. On the Human Condition. Edited by Translated by Nonna Verna Harrison. Crestwood N.Y.: St. Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2005.
    - Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. The Cost of Discipleship. New York: Touchstone, 1995.
    - Cooper, John W. Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting : Biblical Anthropology and the Monism-Dualism Debate. Grand Rapids Mich. ;Leicester England: Eerdmans, 1989.
    - Dunning, H. Ray. Grace, Faith, and Holiness: A Wesleyan Systematic Theology. Kansas City Mo: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1988.
    - --,Reflecting the Divine Image: Christian Ethics in Wesleyan Perspective. Downers Grove Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1998.
    - Ford, David. Self and Salvation: Being Transformed. Cambridge;New York: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
    - Green, Joel, ed. What about the Soul? : Neuroscience and Christian Anthropology. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2004.
    - Green, Joel B. Body, Soul, and Human Life : The Nature of Humanity in the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008.
    - Jenson, Matt. Gravity of Sin: Augustine, Luther, and Barth on Homo Incurvatus In Se. London; New York: T & T Clark, 2006.
    - Jenson, Robert W. Unbaptized God: The Basic Flaw in Ecumenical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1992.
    - Kelsey, David H. Eccentric Existence: A Theological Anthropology. 1st ed. Louisville Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009.
    - Noble, T. A. Holy Trinity, Holy People: The Theology of Christian Perfecting. Eugene, OR.: Cascade Books, 2013.
    - Pannenberg, Wolfhart. Anthropology in Theological Perspective. London: T & T Clark, 2004.
    - Polkinghorne, John C. Towards an Integrated Anthropology. In The Depth of the Human Person: A Multidisciplinary Approach, edited by Michael Welker, 79-92, 2014.
    - Runyon, Theodore. The New Creation: John Wesley's Theology Today. Nashville TN: Abingdon Press, 1998.
    - Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness and Reconciliation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1996.
    - Wynkoop, Mildred Bangs. A Theology of Love: The Dynamic of Wesleyanism. Kansas City Mo: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City, 1972.