The Doctrine of Creation and Environmental Ethics

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 435

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The historical development of the doctrine of creation is reviewed and this forms the basis for a more detailed investigation of particularly influential modern constructions of the doctrine. The implications of these differing approaches are explored within a wider theological context, with particular attention being played to the concepts of divine agency and the manner of God’s action in creation. This leads to an examination of differing approaches to the engagement between modern science and the Christian doctrine of creation. The implications of the doctrine of creation are explored in relation to contemporary ethical issues relating to the environment.

Aims

This unit considers the ways in which the doctrine of creation has developed historically, paying particular attention to its expression in modern theology. The implications of these ideas will be explored with reference to the interface between theology and science as well as environmental ethics.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • review the historical development of the doctrine of creation and express an understanding of the historical and intellectual contexts within which these developments occurred
  • enter into a sustained, critical engagement with modern doctrines of creation, notably those of Barth, Moltmann, Jenson and Gunton
Intellectual skills
  • critically explore the relationship between the doctrine of creation and modern science
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • understand and apply some of the ethical implications of the doctrine of creation for environmental ethics

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Seminar presentation

45 minutes

n/a
Summative:
  • An essay

6000 words

100%
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The Doctrine of Creation and Environmental Ethics

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 435

Credits:

30

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Graham J Watts

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