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The Knowledge of God


TH401/TH601

This is the subject page for the On Campus Subject.

WORKLOAD: One semester, 4 credit points.
STATUS:
Core
PRE-REQUISITES:
First year, including Early Church History
WHEN:
Semester 1, 2016
WHO:
Mike Bird

What could be more foundational that a study of how we know God, and how God relates to this world? This includes thinking about how we know, how God reveals, what God reveals, and how we receive God’s revelation. This underlies all we know and all we do not know about God, and how we think that God relates to the world. We need to learn this not just for our own benefit but also to help others know God. We think about these questions in the context of our world, other religions, what Christians have thought over 200 years, and what the Bible says. This unit includes: The concepts of revelation and inspiration; The place and nature of Scripture and natural theology, and the issues raised by reason, authority and experience; Creation and providence; Humanity as created; and sin and evil.

Content

Foundation 

  1. The main loci of theological knowledge and their interaction;
  2. Connections between the content of theology and the practice of faith

Section A : The Knowledge of God

  1. The concepts of revelation and inspiration;
  2. The place and nature of Scripture and natural theology
  3. The issues raised by reason, authority and experience.

Section B : God and the World

  1. Creation and providence
  2. Humanity as created
  3. Sin and evil

 

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