COS 312 - Our Theological Heritage: The Reformation


June 30 - July 9 : 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Instructor: Catherine Tinsley Tuell, Ph.D.
Contact: catherine.tuell@cgu.edu

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Course Description

This is a survey course that critically reflects upon the individuals, decisive events and theological development s during the period referred to as the “Protestant Reformation.” The interrelated concepts of “grace,” “faith,” and “justification” will provide the vehicle by which the student will engage the Reformation heritage and enter into the church’s ongoing task of interpreting and enacting the gospel for contemporary life. Attention will be given to selected primary sources.

Course Objectives

  1. Reflect upon movements and events in the period before the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
  2. Describe key elements in the history of the European Protestant Reformation.
  3. Thoughtfully articulate how the major theologians of the period understood the concepts of “grace”, “faith”, and justification” and implemented their particular understanding of the same.
  4. Compare and contrast the basic teachings of the major Reformation theologians regarding the sacraments of Baptism and Communion.
  5. Recognize and become conversant with the Wesleyan theological heritage that emerged from this vibrant historical period.
  6. Appreciate and appropriate historical theological perspectives for personal pastoral ministry.

Required Textbooks

Gonzalez, Justo, L. The Story of Christianity, Volume II: The Reformation to the Present Day. HarperOne, Original edition, (2010), Pages1-132+. (ISBN-10: 0061855898)

McGrath, Alister E., editor. The Christian Theology Reader, Fourth Edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.( ISBN 978-0-470-65484-2)

McGrath, Alister E. Reformation Thought: An Introduction, 4th edition. Malden, MA: Wiley-BlackwellPublishers, 2012. (ISBN: 9780470672815 - This is a new edition!)

This class requires homework to be turned in before the class starts:
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