Friday, 20 June 2008

Parish Theology Course Update

As part of my project for the parish is the testing of a theology adult education based course. The list at the moment looks like this, with:

  1. Introduction session
  2. Karl Barth - neo-Calvinism (and Emil Brunner)
  3. Dietrich Bonhoeffer - on to secular theology
  4. Reinhold Niebuhr - pragmatism
  5. Paul Tillich - ultimate questions
  6. Rudolf Bultmann - demythologising
  7. Hans Kung - all rounder
  8. Modern theologians - summary
  9. Traditionalisms from the past (eg Thomist theology, Anselm, Puritans, etc.)
  10. Victorian Oxford Movement and after
  11. Victorian Evangelicalism and after
  12. Essays and Reviews
  13. Background and shadows - summary

  14. 1938 Church of England Doctrine Commission
  15. Honest to God and Debate - metaphors and mixing Bultmann, Tillich and Bonhoeffer
  16. The Myth of God Incarnate - meanings of myth
  17. Theology of David Jenkins - using Barth and Bonhoeffer
  18. Evangelical reactions - National Evangelical Anglican Congress (NEAC) 1967 and after; the rise of fundamentalism
  19. After the Shoah: a theology of suffering and Jurgen Moltmann
  20. Theologies of liberation and alliances with politics and radical education
  21. Eco-Feminist theology - Sallie McFague and Rosemary Radford Ruether
  22. Faiths - John Hick and exclusivists, inclusivists, pluralists and universalists
  23. Real Absence and back to Transcendence: raw, cold theology and the poet
  24. Postmodern theology - nihilist textualism and Radical Orthodoxy
  25. Movements summary

  26. Theological issues for the future

This also takes on board feedback made here and by email to me.

There is a presentation paper that I remembered and thus spoke about rather than read, and it contained a mistake about 'each week' when, of course, the 26 would last some two years. This error has been corrected to 'each session'. I did read out the list as above. This presentation followed the In Depth Group discussion, a flavour of which I also give without identifying participants or connecting anyone's thoughts except my own. The webpage is on the Pluralist website at Learning - Religion - Anglican and then scroll down to In-Depth Group Discussion and Paper (June 2008) .

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