Comparative Ecclesiology

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 434

UNIT DESCRIPTION

Beginning with selected ecumenical documents the unit engages with current debates concerning the nature of the Church and with the varying models of the Church to be found both between and within the ecclesial traditions. It examines critically the ways in which ecclesial perspectives and practices have developed from their biblical roots along different trajectories, giving particular attention to understandings of ecclesiality in the Orthodox, Catholic, and Free Church traditions, noting and evaluating their divergences. A primary focus is on the impact of Trinitarian theology in its various forms on models and images of church life. It engages critically with the underlying theologies of various patterns of church order and searches for a possible consensus or convergence concerning future ecclesial developments.

Aims

To acquaint students with developments and trends in ecclesiology and to enable them to apply the results of their enquiries to the ecclesiology and practice of their own traditions.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • demonstrate critical awareness of recent ecumenical developments in ecclesiology, in particular the impact of Trinitarian theologies on Catholic, Orthodox and Free Church perspectives
Intellectual skills
  • engage critically in synthesising, contrasting, comparing and evaluating competing ideas and forming constructive conclusions
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • analyse fairly the strengths and weakness of their own traditions and evaluate options for their constructive development, making adjustments to their own ecclesial practice as they do so

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • A draft essay for comment

6000 words

n/a
Summative:
  • A finalised essay

6000 words

100%
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Comparative Ecclesiology

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 434

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Nigel G. Wright

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