Elective unit (Min. No. 8)
1st semester: Thursday evening
“Where there is salvation, its name is Jesus; its grammar is the cross and resurrection” (Rowan Williams). This unit explores the key theological questions in the doctrine of salvation: what are we saved from? What are saved for? What is the means by which we are saved?
PREREQUISITES: CT8003Y or equivalent
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- identify the biblical roots for the Christian understanding of salvation
- critically evaluate at least two approaches, from differing time periods, to the Christian understanding of salvation
- describe and evaluate the ramifications to Christian thought of these approaches to the understanding of salvation
- critically engage with issues of universalism and the scope of salvation
- appraise contemporary Christian approaches to the notion of ‘Fallen Humanity’
Essay 1500 words (25%); summative essay 1500 words (25%); long essay 3000 words (50%)
Davidson, Ivor, and Murray Rae, eds. God of Salvation. Farnham: Ashgate, 2011.
Fiddes, Paul. Past Events and Present Salvation. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1989.
Mertens, Herman-Emiel. Not the Cross but the Crucified. Louvain: Peeters, 1990.
O’Collins, Gerald. Jesus Our Redeemer. Oxford: OUP, 2007.
———. Salvation for All: God’s Other People. Oxford: OUP, 2008.
Tanner, Kathryn. Christ the Key. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Volf, Miroslav. Exclusion and Embrace. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1996.
Williams, Rowan. Resurrection. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2002.
Lecturer: MATTHEW BECKMANN OFM