Cultural Anthropology

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
EM409/60916 – 20 January 2017Guest Lecturer Dr HineUndergraduate and
Graduate

This unit introduces you to cultural anthropology as a tool for Christian mission, expressing a Christian perspective on anthropology. You will learn to differentiate the patterns and processes of culture and cultural change and understand your own cultural context in order to accept the validity of different cultures. The subject will present culture as the context within which God interacts with people and the significance of this to churches today.

Living Faiths (Comparative Religions)

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
EM421/62123 – 25 & 30 – 31 January 2017Dr. Peter RiddellUndergraduate and Graduate

Living Faiths focuses on four major religious traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. Particular attention will be placed upon sub-themes relevant to each of the faiths. Subject content includes a study of the history, doctrines and rituals of the various faiths, sectarian differences, and Christian responses to the various traditions.

Introduction to Ethics

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
PE301/501 20-24 MarchDr. Richard ShumackUndergraduate and Graduate

Introduction to Ethics provides students with a Christian framework for understanding themes of biblical ethics. Students will be prepared with the key questions, theories and tools of philosophical ethics, in addition to understanding the various historical traditions of theological ethics and selected contemporary ethical issues. After completing the subject, students will be in a position to integrate perspectives from philosophical and theological ethics into biblical interpretation and Christian thinking. They will also be able to use philosophical and theological ethics in their personal faith and in ministry contexts to examine current issues in contemporary Christianity and society with reference to theological and philosophical ethics.

The Church to 1550

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
CH201 20-22 March & 20-21 AprilDr. Michael BrautigamDIPLOMA

This subject is an overview of the history of the church from its very beginnings until the dawn of the Reformation. Along the way we will look at heresies, the development of Scholasticism, and the crusades among other topics. Through this you will gain an awareness of the major developments in the history of the Christian churches over the first fifteen centuries and come to appreciate the problems, opportunities and attitudes of past Christians in their interaction with the societies in which they lived. You will also develop a basic grasp of the historiographical method as you begin to study particular movements, issues and periods.

Contextualisation of Theology & Ministry Practice

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
EM78022-28 MarchDr. Bernie PowerPOSTGRADUATE

At the end of the unit the candidates should be able to employ the principles of contextualisation taught and demonstrated in the Scriptures to provide a framework for approaching contextualisation in any specific cultural context; understand the nature and extent of personal cultural myopia that can exist when communicating with people of another culture, and how to respond to it; recognise the elements of a culture that need to be considered in relation to the communication of the gospel and the development of the church within that culture; communicate the gospel across cultural boundaries in a manner that minimizes distortion of meaning or loss of theological integrity; and apply with discernment the principles of contextualisation to a variety of ministry of ecclesiastical structures in specific cultural contexts.

Missional Leadership

Subject CodeDatesLecturerLevel
PC771 18-19 April & 16-18 MayDr. Darren CronshawPOSTGRADUATE

The missional church is developing, calling for a new kind of leader and leadership. This unit explores the distinguishing contours of the missional church revolution as well as the leadership required by it. Major attention will centre on three primary shifts underway: the shift from an internal to an external focus, the shift from program-driven to people development as the core activity of the missional community, and the shift from church-based leadership to apostolic-era leadership.