Courses Catalogue

Contemporary Trends In Christian Theology

COURSE CODE: CRE3101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Arts (Secondary), B.Ed
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE JUSTIFICATION

This course introduces a variety of approaches to the development of contextual theology including theologies of liberation, feminist theology, and other non-Western theological formulations. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of approaches and the identification of strengths and weaknesses. Perspectives on the similarities between contextual and western theologies will also be addressed. This course shall examine five of the predominant movements within contemporary theology: Process Theology, Modern Roman Catholicism, Black Theology, Liberation Theology, and Feminist Theology. The course is designed to introduce students to contemporary trends in theology and the roles they play in shaping the religious consciousness of the modern world.

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course makes a survey of the 20th century theological trends which are juxtaposed to the existing traditional systematic theology. The students will be able to acquaint with the challenges of Christian doctrines in secularized society.  The major purpose is to show that these theologies are postulated because either of missing links in the traditional theologies or because of over-philosophizing and theologizing, or the selfish desires of various individuals.  The course will analyze the philosophies which have influenced the advancement of contemporary theologies.  It will put much emphasis on Feminist, Liberation and Black theologies that not only are they a challenge to the contemporary world but have a fertile ground in Africa. 

COURSE AIM

The course aims to enable students to  understand and appreciate the major theological developments in the Modern period. Particularly by examining  a variety of approaches to the development of contextual theology including theologies of liberation, feminist theology, and other non-Western theological formulations. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of approaches and the identification of strengths and weaknesses

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of the course unit, students should be able to:

  • Understand how philosophy and theology influences each other
  • Analyze the reason why there are many independent churches coming up
  • They will understand the necessity of indigenous theology
  • They will be able to apply and make use of African Traditional Religious beliefs in the Western theological context (Inculturation)
  • Able to make an evaluation of different theologies to come out with those which promotes Christian faith as it was revealed.

·         The students will be able to know the historical background and sources of these theologies.