At level 4, you will study three complementary strands of theological thinking: Biblical Studies; Christian History, Doctrine and Theology; and Christian Life, Ministry and Mission. In Levels 5 and 6 you will be able to specialise further, taking optional modules to suit your interests and calling.
The Bible is a rich, complex and exciting book, fundamental to the Christian faith. It is vital for us to grasp how its message relates to those around us. Studies in this area will help you develop a better understanding of the content of the Christian Scriptures and the tools necessary for their interpretation.
You will study both Old and New Testaments, concentrating on various books, themes, genres, and explore how the books were understood in their original contexts. You will also study the Bible as the Church’s Message to the contemporary world and explore how its message relates to issues today. You have the option of studying biblical languages, both Hebrew and Greek, to third year level.
Biblical Studies modules include: New Testament Survey; Old Testament Survey; Genesis, Prophets and God; Jesus and the Gospels; Key Biblical Texts (Romans); Issues in Biblical Texts (Corinthians); New Testament Greek 1A, 1B & 2; Old Testament Hebrew 1 & 2.
Historic and Systematic Theology
How did the Church survive in its fledgling beginnings? What motivated the Church to embrace certain doctrines and reject others? Who were the original story writers and leaders of the Christian faith? Why are they important to the life and expression of Church today? The history of how the Christian faith has been lived and worked out is one from which we can learn so much.
This area of study will introduce you to the history of the Christian community, its response to changing situations and the development of vital Christian doctrines. Through understanding this heritage in its historical context, you’ll learn what implications it has for our modern context. You will be expected to analyse and reflect on major historical and theological shifts and paradigms, as well as develop your critical skills by engaging with various texts, doctrines and movements.
Theology and historical modules include: Introduction to Doctrine; Key Christian Thinkers; Person and Work of Christ; Relational Theology; Sin, Grace and Eschatology; Person and Work of the Holy Spirit.
This area of study integrates theology with practical experience to give you the opportunity for personal growth and spiritual development. You will engage with biblical concepts of discipleship, spirituality, and leadership, explore different traditions of Christian spirituality, and look at pastoral aspects of lifestyle, values and relationships.
Applied Theology modules include: Spiritual Theology; Practical Placement; Preaching; Pastoral Care; Pastoral Leadership; Innovation in Youthwork; Evangelism.