Wednesday, September 4, 2013
How we understand God (theology) affects how we understand human beings and cultures (anthropology). It affects how we understand the church (ecclesiology), christology, eschatology, etc.
"Theology" could also be divided into different sorts/branches/approaches: systematic, contextual, and biblical . . . It is important to understand the distinctions, the similarities, and how they relate to each other.
Every seminary academic discipline is chock-full of words and concepts to be defined and mapped: biblical studies, pastoral care, missiology, church history, christian formation, etc.
Your reading, writing, listening and speaking is constantly helping you to define, create and refine your "maps." The more sophisticated your maps become, the smoother your "navigation." Bon voyage!
Monday, August 26, 2013
Thursday, February 9, 2012
"I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth." (BCP) Write 750 words, discussing the significance of each key word in the above statement (the first article of the Apostle's Creed). Use your textbook and class lectures as resources.
Other assignments give you the freedom (and the burden) of creating your own structure and argument. For instance:
Write 750 words, answering the following question: "Why Justice?"
This is a big question . . . it is important that your answer reflect the class content AND that it make a clear and logical case. You must do several things in order to fulfill the task at hand.
- Try to ascertain the professor's intent, in light of course reading, lectures and discussion.
- Create a structure that makes an argument, perhaps first defining justice, and then giving reasons for its practice.
- Rank your reasons from weakest to strongest, being sure to weed those that are unnecessary. Start with the weakest warrant (reason), and build to the strongest.
- Consider whether there might be arguments against the case you are making.
- If so, fairly describe those positions, and dispute them in a reasonable way.