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    Theology 325: Twentieth Century Theology

    Dordt College/Gereformeerde Hogeschool

    Drs. P. Th. Bareman

    Class meets at H101 in the GH look at the schedule

    Course description

    This course will survey several important theologians and theological trends from the

    20th century, including liberation theology and other significant schools of thought as

    well.

    Course Objectives

    1. The student will examine major themes, trends, and figures in theology from the twentieth century against its historical background, and thereby current issues in the

    broader field of theology.

    2. The student will understand an extensive view of Christian faith by comparing Reformed theology with non-Reformed and non-evangelical theologies.

    3. The student will acquire critical understanding of modern religious culture by asking questions of worldview and perspective reflected in a particular author and theology.

    Textbooks

    Compulsory

    Stanley J. Grenz and Roger E. Olson, 20th Century Theology: God and the World in a

    Transitional Age (Downers Grove, IVP, 1992).

    Articles

    1. A. Rasmusson, Church and Nation-State: Karl Barth and German public theology in the Early 20th Century.

    2. Jerry A. Irish, Moltmanns Theology of contradiction. In: Theology Today 32 (1975/6) p.21-31.

    3. Don Schweitzer, Jrgen Moltmanns theology as a theology of the cross. In: Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 24? 1 (1995) p.95-107.

    4. Jrgen Moltmann, Science and wisdom. In: Theology today 58 (2001) p. 155-164.

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    5. William T. Cavanaugh, Dying for the eucharist or being killed by it? Romeros challenge to First-World Christians. In: Theology today 58 (2001) p. 177-164.

    6. Jrgen Moltmann, Control is good trust is better. Freedom and security in a free world. In: Theology Today 62 (2006) p.465-475.

    7. Hans Boersma Eschatological justice and the cross. Violence and Penal Substitution. In: Theology today 60 (2003) p. 186-199.

    8. James Perkinson, Like a thief in the night. Black Theology and the White Church in the Third Millenium. In: Theology Today 60 (2004) p. 508-524.

    9. Ingolf U. Dalferth, Determine what God is! Theology in the Age of Cafeteria Religion. In: Theology Today 57 (2000) p. 5-23.

    You can use further, but not compulsory:

    Gustavo Gutirrez, A Theology of Liberation (New York: Orbis Books, 1973).

    Jrgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope (New York: Harper & Row, 1965).

    Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics (New

    York: Charles Scribners Sons, 1932).

    Rosemary Ruether, Sexism and God-Talk: Toward a Feminist Theology (Boston: Beacon

    Press, 1993).

    Paul Tillich, Dynamics of Faith (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1957).

    Methods of Instruction

    Class lectures and discussion; reading and writing assignments; class presentations

    Course Requirements

    1. Attendance and participation in class (10%) Professor reserves the right to adjust the final grade slightly up or down, depending on

    students class attendance, preparation, and participation. Consult the Theology

    Departments Learning Covenant.

    2. Reflection Journals (30%) Student will submit 15 reflection journals (no more than 2 pages, single-spaced) out of

    18 selected topics. The purpose of this journal is to summarize the central ideas and to

    reflect them in our society and personal lives. Journals are due at the beginning of

    the class and those turned in late will be given a reduced score by 3 points.

    The journals will be graded on a 10-point scale as follows:

    10 points Good summary, superb insight, clearly communicated.

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    7 points Touches the main issues, shows understanding.

    5 points Attempts the assignment; partially done or misses the point.

    2 points Journal showing no evidence of reading

    0 points Rushed journal handed in late

    Have a look below for some ideas on how to write your journal.

    3. Group Presentation (10%) Each group of two students will select one theologian/theological trend by the third

    class period. Each group will make an in-depth study of the theologian/theological

    trend and deliver presentation on the given date. The purpose of this presentation is to

    better understand the given theologian and theological trend, improve skills of

    communication, and lead the class discussion. The presentation will be made at the

    beginning of the class and followed by discussion.

    Some tips for presentation: highlight the main concepts/doctrines/emphases and be

    creative in styles of presentation.

    Each presentation will prepare an outline as follows:

    (1) A brief (1-page) biographical sketch of a major theologian. You may check with electronic database or other books.

    (2) An in-depth review (2-3 pages) of a major theological work. This review should include students critical understanding and evaluation of the work.

    4. Term Paper (20%) Each student will write a 8-10 page term paper on a theologian/theological trend. The

    purpose of this assignment is to help student to scholarly engage in the theological

    subjects. Careful reading, critical examination, and clear writing are the keys for a

    good paper.

    You can use the website: www.findarticles.com or http://theologytoday.ptsem.edu

    5. Two tests and Final (10% each) See the course calendar. Details will be given in class.

    http://www.findarticles.com/http://theologytoday.ptsem.edu/

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    6. Grading

    Netherlands SPICE Points Per

    Hour

    Description Dordt Admissions

    (Dutch high school

    diplomas)

    10 No equivalent

    (A)

    4.00

    9,5 No equivalent

    (A)

    4.00

    9 A 4.00

    8,5 A 4.00

    8 A 4.00 Exceptional A

    7,7 A- 3.67

    7,3 B+ 3.33

    7 B 3.00 Good B

    6.7 B- 2.67

    6,3 C+ 2.33

    6 C 2.00 Graduation

    level

    C

    5,7 C- 1.67

    5,3 D+ 1.33

    5 D 1.00 Unsatisfactory D

    4,7 D- 0.67

    4 F 0.00 Failure F

    3 F 0.00

    2 F 0.00

    1 F 0.00

    Reflection journal

    In this paper, you are to reflect on what you have learned during the lessons

    Contemporary theology.

    Every week has two lessons Contemporary theology. After each week, you have to hand

    in, on an individual basis a reflection concerning these lessons and your

    contribution/participation

    In this reflection, you are obliged to write on several levels of reflection.

    1. What was the content of the lessons? Write briefly what it was all about: which subjects did we discuss, the point of views, the ideas and so on

    2. What was your knowledge before these lessons about this subject? And moreover: write about your opinion before you heard about this.

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    3. Did these lessons (the content of course) change your opinions or confirm your opinions?

    4. Did these lessons mean something for your own beliefs and what? What is the key word when dealing with your own opinions?

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    Course Calendar

    Twentieth Century Theology/Spring 2010

    First period

    During this period you have to read and study the following articles:

    A. Rasmusson, Church and Nation-State: Karl Barth and German public theology in the

    Early 20th Century.

    Jerry A. Irish, Moltmanns Theology of contradiction. In: Theology Today 32 (1975/6)

    p.21-31.

    17 Jan. 8.30 10.00 Introduction Cont. theo. G/O 9 -31

    20 Jan. 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Reconstruction of transcendence G/O 31-62

    24 Jan. 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Neo-orthodoxy G/O 63-77 J1

    27 Jan 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Neo-orthodoxy

    31 Jan. 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Brunner - Bultmann G/O 77-99

    3 Feb. 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Brunner Bultmann J2

    7 Feb. 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Cont. theo. Niebuhr G/O 99-112

    Questions + group presentation 1

    10 Feb. 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. test 1

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    Second period

    During this period you have to read and study 2 articles:

    1. Don Schweitzer, Jrgen Moltmanns theology as a theology of the cross. In: Studies in

    Religion/Sciences Religieuses 24?1 (1995) p.95-107.

    2. William T. Cavanaugh, Dying for the eucharist or being killed by it? Romeros

    challenge to First-World Christians. In: Theology today 58 (2001) p. 177-164.

    14 Feb. 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Bonhoeffer G/O 146-156

    16 Feb. 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Bonhoeffer G/O 146-156 J3

    28 Feb. 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Theology of hope/Moltmann G/O 170-186

    3 March 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Theology of hope/Moltmann

    7 March 8.30 10.00 Cont. theo. Repeat + group presentation 2 J4

    8 March 8.30 10.00 Test 2

    10 March Excursion to Leiden

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    Third period

    During this period you have to read 3 articles

    1. Hans Boersma Eschatological justice and the cross. Violence and Penal Substitution.

    In: Theology today 60 (2003) p. 186-199.

    2. James Perkinson, Like a thief in the night. Black Theology and the White Church in

    the Third Millenium. In: Theology Today 60 (2004) p. 508-524.

    3. Ingolf U. Dalferth, Determine what God is! Theology in the Age of Cafeteria

    Religion. In: Theology Today 57 (2000) p. 5-23.

    Working on your term paper

    14 March 8.30 10.00 Pannenberg G/O 186-199

    17 March 8.30 10.00 idem

    21 March 8.30 - 10.00 group presentation 3 + preparation final paper J5

    24 March 8.30 10.00 Liberation Theologies G/O 200 224

    Watching movie: the boksman Oscar Romero

    28 March 8.30 10.00 idem + final paper

    Movie Oscar Romero

    31 March 8.30 10.00 Narrative theology G/O271 285 J6

    4 April 8.30 - 10.00 Narrative Theology + final paper

    7 April 8.30 - 10.00 Questions + articles

    18April 8.30 - 10.00 Questions + articles

    21 April 8.30 - 10.00 hand over final paper

    28 April Final test

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