This course is designed to acquaint students with evolving theological expression of the Reformed Tradition in its 19th and 20th Century embodiments as it responds and interacts with the rise of modernity and late/post-modernity. (Think of the course as the good ship “Reformed” sailing from Schleiermacher to Barth and beyond.)
Through the examination of theological expressions of central doctrinal loci (revelation, God, the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, eschatology, etc.), students will gain familiarity with and perspective on (1) some theological threads and tensions within the Reformed tradition, (2) recognize and appreciate constructive resources and limitations of the Reformed tradition and (3) gain some understanding of the roots of current theological discussion and conflict within the tradition.
Attention to the authority of scripture, the nature of ‘critical’ scripture interpretation, the role of experience in theological reflection, the relationship between faith and culture and faith and science, Christianity among the religions, social justice and care for creation will be given in the readings, lectures and class discussion.
Course will be taught in person at VST, and via Zoom for distance students (degree students must connect synchronously if studying via Zoom)