An examination and evaluation of major theological developments which have shaped the Christian world in recent generations. We will discuss the contributions of significant individuals together with the schools of thought they represent. students will leave this class more familiar with the world of contemporary Christian thought, better equipped to assess the contributions and weaknesses of current theologies, and more thoroughly prepared to deal with the hermeneutical issues that the Christian thinker must tackle as he or she seeks to communicate the gospel in our Modern and Postmodern setting. Prerequisite: THS 571
This course begins with a consideration of the anthropological and sociological understandings of a “worldview” and how it works to shape personal and community ethos. It then moves to a selective survey of the history of the Christian worldview as it has gained expression from the patristic times to the twentieth century. Special attention is given to the way in which diverse worldviews have shaped and affected theological discussion and expression.
Students consider the oriental thought and its worldview(s) in the light of Christian truth. Nationalism, literature, and philosophical elements of oriental culture as expressed in individual and communal settings are analyzed. The contextualization of the gospel to this culture is considered.
This course surveys contemporary religious, philosophical and cultural ideologies with particular emphasis upon their significance for communicating the Christian worldview. New Age, religious pluralism, humanism, post-communism, utopianism, and various Hindu sects and ideologies of science and technology are considered.
The nature and meaning of arts and literature in relation to the development of Christian thought is examined in this course. The historical and ideological backgrounds of post-modernism and its influence upon the arts and literature are analyzed and criticized from the Christian worldview position.
All aspects of Christian life should be guided and guarded by the Bible. Spirituality is not an exception, no matter how noble and lofty it may sound. This course attempts to articulate from the perspective of Christian worldview what authentic Christian spirituality entails. It also pursues a holistic and integrated understanding of Christian spirituality, with which one can discern contemporary popular spiritual manifestations especially within a Korean context. Various works on spiritual theology including the those of Eugene Peterson will be discussed during the course.
This course deals with a consideration of the philosophical understanding of a worldview.
This course is designed to elucidate the worldviews that are behind and in the biblical text. The people of God in the Bible had to face the worldviews of their surrounding cultures. In addition, within the cultures of the Old Testament Israelites and the New Testament Christians, there were diverse worldviews. Some of them were commended but others were criticized by the biblical writers. By examining these worldviews, the students will gain insights with which they can discern the worldviews of the contemporary cultures and foster more adequate and authentic Christian worldview that is faithful to the Bible. For each term a particular Biblical text, such as the book of Exodus, will be selected in order to do in-depth study.
One or more Christian leaders are invited from the church and other areas, sharing their experience, knowledge and wisdom on how to live Christianly and apply the biblical worldview to their ministry and vocational areas. In addition to the active class interaction with the leaders and the leaders’ biographical sketches, students are expected to write reviews for the books that moved the leaders’ lives and ministry and biographical sketches for the figures that significantly influenced their career.
Christianity and Culture