Wisdom and Exile (Old Testament 4) focuses on those sections of the Old Testament devoted to the perennial questions and concerns of God’s people at any time. This includes books devoted to living well in God’s world (the Hebrew concept of ‘wisdom’) as well as liturgical literature that helps us see how to bring our whole lives, both joyous and painful, before God and finally the Old Testament works that explicitly look forward to the ‘end times’.
This study of John focuses solely on John’s Gospel, drawing out what is distinctive about this Gospel both in terms of content and style. Among the distinctive features of John that are drawn out through the close reading of the text that warrant special attention are the concepts of ‘life’ and ‘discipleship’. Specifically, what does it mean to ‘live’ or ‘abide’ in Jesus, and what does being a disciple of Jesus actually require?
Romans examines Paul’s most important theological work, his Letter to the Romans. Students will be introduced to Paul’s thinking on the concepts such as sin, grace, Law, judgement, predestination, salvation and blessing. As a central concern of Paul’s in this work is the ongoing place of the Jews in God’s plans students are also introduced to Paul’s thought on this important issue.
Christian Worship explores how we can best worship God with a particular emphasis on how we should think about what happens when we gather together in worship. We begin by tracing the origins of worship through the Old Testament sacrificial system, moving on to consider the changes brought to worship by the gospel. With this groundwork laid the subject considers topics such as the use of music and liturgy in public worship gatherings.
Prayer Book explores the liturgy of the Anglican churches, and especially the role of the Prayer Book in providing a structure for that liturgy. The subject has an historical aspect, tracing the development of the Prayer Book from the pre-Reformation form to its contemporary form and noting the political and cultural forces that informed this development. It also has a theological aspect, using theological concepts to explain why the Prayer Book has the precise form it does.
Christian Ethics explores the foundations of Christian ethics. Firstly through examining the grace found in the gospel and then considering the status of moral rules in general. The importance of motivation and the role of the conscience in ethical decision-making is also explored. The course addresses both the positive and negative aspects of Christian ethics and once a solid theoretical foundation has been laid, it proceeds to examine contemporary ethical issues from a Christian standpoint.