DR5062 METHOD IN THEOLOGY
                          SCHEDULE AUTUMN TERM 2005

TIME:          11-1

PLACE:         KCF 6


ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS: Students are Required to attend one two hour
class per week.

For the first four weeks of term the course will be taught jointly by the whole Divinity
department, students on all the MTh degrees attending lectures together. In the final
two weeks of the course, the course will be taught within the specific disciplines,
students attending only the lectures for their specific discipline.


WEEK ONE Sept 26-Oct 2

Method In Church History -            Tutor, Dr. Nick Thompson.

Reading: Francesco Chiovaro. "History as Lived by the Christian People: Hypotheses
for a New Methodic Approach to Christian History." Chapter in Lukas Vischer, ed.,
Church History in an Ecumenical Perspective, 92-104. Bern: Evangelische
Arbeitstelle Oekumene Schweiz, 1982. [photocopies in the office, KCG12]

Optional extra reading:

Peter Matheson. "The Stirring of the Imagination." Chapter 1 in The Imaginative
World of the Reformation, 1-23. Fortress Press: Minneapolis, 2001. [photocopies
available from the office, KCG12]

Bossy, John. "The Counter-Reformation and the People of Catholic Europe."Past and
Present, No. 47. (May, 1970), pp. 51-70. [Available from on
computers networked to the University of Aberdeen]

WEEK TWO Oct 3-Oct 9

Method In Systematic Theology - Tutor, Dr. Francesca Murphy.

Reading: Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae I, q. 1, arts 1-10.

WEEK THREE Oct 10-Oct 16

Method In Practical Theology - Tutor, Professor John Swinton,

Reading: “Formation and Reflection: The Promise of Practical Theology,” edited by
by Lewis S Mudge and James N. Poling, Fortress Press, Philadelphia, 1987, Chapter
1: Interpreting Situations: An Inquiry into the Nature of Practical Theology by
Edward Farley

This can be found at:

WEEK FOUR Oct 17-Oct 23

Method in Biblical Studies - Tutor – Simon Gathercole

Reading: The Gospel of Mark

WEEK FIVE Oct 24-Oct 30

Discipline Specific: Go to the Class your MTH programme is in!

Practical Theology. Tutor. Prof. John Swinton. Don S Browning and Anderson, A
Fundamental Practical Theology (Minneapolis: Fortress 1991), 1-12

Systematic Theology:           Tutor: Professor John Webster: R. Huetter, Suffering
Divine Things, pp. 1-37

Church History:      Tutor: Francesca Murphy. “The Monks of the West and the
Formation of the Western Tradition,” in Religion and the Rise of Western Culture, by
Christopher Dawson

New Testament:         Tutor: Professor Francis Watson, Gerhard Ebeling's “The
Significance of the Critical Historical Method”

WEEK SIX       Oct 31- Nov 6

Discipline Specific:

Practical Theology.   Tutor. Prof. John Swinton, Ray S Anderson, The Shape of
Practical Theology (Downers Grove: InterVarsity 2001), 11-34

Systematic Theology: Tutor: Dr. Francesca Murphy, Reading:          “Theology and
Spirituality,” by Hans Urs von Balthasar

Church History:      Tutor: Dr Nick Thompson: James E. Bradely and Richard
Muller, Church History: An Introduction to Research, Reference Works and Methods
(Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995), chapters 1—2.

New Testament:                 Tutor: Dr Peter Williams. "New Testament Textual
Criticism". Students will read and study a portion of a New Testament manuscript

Assessment is Pass/Fail (ie, students do not receive a CAS mark for this course, they
either pass or fail it). Students are required to write a 1000 word journal log after
each of the six classes (see instructions below). Each journal log will be marked by
the class tutor for the class in question. This journal entry should contain the
student’s response to the class they have attended.


A course journal is intended to be an essentially personal reflection on your learning
in this course. The underlying purpose of this exercise is to help you organize the
material covered, and to give direction for further learning possibilities, in relation to
your own personal objectives for the course. It should consist of two components:

      An entry for each class This journal is not meant to be an exhaustive account
      of everything that happens in a class, and should on average consist of 1000
      words per class, though longer entries will not be excluded. The following
      general outline is not intended to be prescriptive, and should not be copied
      slavishly. But it gives some indication of the kind of things to be included:

           Date of class meeting: self-explanatory!

           Subject of class meeting: a brief description of or statement about the
           topic/s covered

           New Learning: what did you know afterwards that you were unaware of to
           start with? What is worth remembering?

           Issues requiring further clarification: are there aspects of the subject that
           need more reflection and exploration? Or things that have only partly been

           New Questions that have arisen: in what other directions has thought been
           stimulated, or questions raised?

           How does this relate to your personal goals for the course?

           Action taken: what did you do about it, in order to address these matters, or
           other issues that may have arisen?

           Aim for openness and honesty in writing your journals: as well as
           providing you with a structured occasion for reflection, they also provide
           invaluable feedback on the effectiveness of the course itself. You can
           express your opinions freely and with confidence: the assessment of
           journals will have absolutely no connection with whether or not the tutor
           happens to agree with (or like) all that you write, but will be solely
           dependent on the seriousness of purpose with which journals are
           completed, and the self-assessment that has gone into them.

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