Theology For Everyone (2017-18)

Thinking through faith – this is theology. Forget ivory towers, angels on pinheads and impenetrable language – good theology is creative, clear, provocative and practical. Such theology is not restricted to ministers of religion or academics – it is for everyone. Why is that important? For people of faith, theology can enrich their grasp of why they believe what they believe and do what they do. For all people, theology can enrich our understanding of the significantly religious world in which we live.

At Roehampton, we have been offering open access courses in Theology for ten years, for people from a wide variety of denominations, cultures, ages and educational backgrounds. Many of our courses are run ‘out of hours’ so they are convenient for people who want to explore theology, but can’t commit to traditional time slots and study patterns. Extending what we are already doing, Theology for Everyone is a new initiative that invites people to join our courses on an exploratory basis at low cost.

What we are offering is a choice of ten courses that mostly run on Tuesday evenings or Saturdays (details of all the modules are given below). Each course is available to be audited for the same price of £150 per course. Auditing means attending and participating in the interactive lectures for the course, having access to most of the webpage resources for the module, but not completing assessments. You can book your place on one or more of these courses through our estore (links are below). We do hope you will consider joining us!

If you have any questions about Theology for Everyone, do email andrew.rogers@roehampton.ac.uk

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Navigating Church History

Christians today stand in a long tradition, and have inherited across 2000 years a variety of practices, beliefs, understanding and structures. We have been shaped by hundreds of generations of men and women, often living in very different circumstances to our own, and yet sharing the same faith as millions of Christians today. In this course you will have an opportunity to trace the path of Christian living and belief from the earliest followers of Jesus, through the upheavals of doctrinal, political and church struggles, to the present day's diverse and global manifestations of this faith. As well as learning the Christian story, you will be introduced to particular thinkers and writers from different times in Christian history, so you can get to know better these mothers and fathers in faith. Learn for your church today from the ways Christian people lived before!

NB: This module cannot be taken simultaneously with Theologies from World Christianity.
Tutor: Dr John Usher

Location & Booking Information

Date Spring term 10/3/18 - 24/3/18 and 28/4/18 - 5/5/18
Time 9.30-3.30pm
Duration 5 Saturdays
Price £150
Payment Please book here via the University eStore
Venue Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
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Address Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU

 

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Theologies from World Christianity

Christian theology and practice have long been dominated by Western patterns of thoughts and cultures. Yet, today not only do the majority of Christians live in the Global South, but Christian communities in the West are formed of significant migrant populations from Africa, the Caribbean, Asia and Latin America. There are even debates about whether the Christians from the Global South are embarking on reverse mission. For the past 50 years or so new theologies have emerged from the Global South that are influencing interpretations of traditional Christian doctrines, hermeneutics, exegesis and worship within World Christianity. Besides, Christianity itself is taking new shapes as the Christian faith is being 'contextualized' or 'inculturated' in other parts of the world. This module explores the contributions of theologians from Africa, Asia and Latin America and look at major themes such as inculturation, liberation, interfaith dialogue and conflict resolution. Furthermore, the module explores how indigenous religions and cultures in the Global South are influencing their theologies. With the emergence of new theologies in world Christianity, this course equally raises these questions: what constitutes Christian orthodoxy? Who has the right authority to determine orthodoxy? And what factors influence discourses on Christian orthodoxy?

NB: This module cannot be taken simultaneously with Navigating Church History.
Tutor: Rev Dr Daniel Eshun

Location & Booking Information

Date Spring term, 10/3/18 - 24/3/18 and 28/4/18 - 5/5/18
Time 9.30am – 4.30pm
Duration 5 Saturdays
Price £150
Payment Please book here on the University eStore
Venue Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
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Address Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU