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Theology for Everyone

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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Christian Apologetics

Do you sometimes wish you were better able to present the case for Christianity in discussions and topical conversations? Do you want to develop the language and critical skills to engage in contemporary debates about religion and science, the existence of God, atheism and the Christian worldview? If these are the sort of questions and issues you are interested in, then this is definitely the course for you.

In this course we take seriously St Peter’s injunction (1 Peter 3:15) to ‘always be ready to give a reasoned defence’ (apologia) to anyone who asks you for the hope that you have’. We will explore rational and relational approaches to Christian apologetics and discover why writers like Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens are wrong about God and the Christian faith.

NB: This module cannot be taken simultaneously with Introduction to Christian Doctrine.

Tutor: Dr R David Muir

Location & Booking Information

Date
Spring term, 13/1/18-10/2/18
Time
9.30-3.30pm
Duration
5 Saturdays
Price
£150
Payment
Please book here on the University eStore.
Venue
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Directions
Address
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU

 

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Church and Society

This course starts from the premise that observing and analysing lived human experience in church and society helpfully informs theological thinking and the practice of ministry and mission. It focuses on the human dynamics of faith by utilising social science perspectives to understand congregations and the wider cultural context in which they are set. Church and Society is designed to enable today’s ministry practitioner to engage with the challenges and opportunities for mission in the twenty-first century. Students are equipped to be observers of congregational life and witness. The module considers key social trends (e.g., in politics, economics, migration, the built environment, secularisation, religious pluralism, race, gender, and sexuality) shaping society in the United Kingdom today.

NB: This module cannot be taken simultaneously with Pentecostal Theology in Context.
Tutor: Rev Dr Julian Gotobed

Location & Booking Information

Date
Autumn term 26/9/17- 5/12/17 except 24/10/17
Time
1-4pm
Duration
10 Tuesday afternoons
Price
£150
Payment
Please book here on the University eStore
Venue
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Directions
Address
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU

 

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Faith in Fiction: Exploring Theology through Literature

Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, The Brothers Karamazov, has influenced much modern literature, philosophy and theology. It continues to generate profound questions about religious faith in a world of violence and apparent futility. Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams argues that Dostoevsky asks us how we ‘continue to live intelligently and without despair in a world that so deeply pulls against our ideals?’ (Rowan Williams, Dostoevsky, p. 21).

This course takes the form of a weekly reading seminar, focusing on The Brothers Karamazov. We explore how its themes and characters are threaded through with theological questions, setting before us challenges about God, freedom, faith and suffering which are as acute today as they were when it was written in late nineteenth century Russia.

The set text is Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky (London: Vintage Books, 2004).

NB: This module cannot be taken simultaneously with Islam
Tutor: Nick Mayhew-Smith

Location & Booking Information

Date
Spring Term, 16/1/18 - 27/3/2017 except 13/2/18
Time
2-5pm
Duration
10 Tuesday afternoons
Price
£150
Payment
Please book here on the University eStore.
Venue
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Directions
Address
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU

 

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Introduction to Christian Doctrine

This module aims to provide students with an introductory overview of Christian doctrine. It seeks to help students explore the methods and interests of theology, as they have developed in the church and in the academy. By providing a map of the field, and through sharing the wide experience of the members of the group, students will be encouraged to explore their own faith and theology, and also that of their own church and its tradition, within the broader base of the universal Church (world-wide and historic). The module will also explore the sources, developments and contemporary challenges that continue to shape Christian theology in a diversity of cultural contexts.

NB: This module cannot be taken simultaneously with Christian Apologetics.
Tutor: Dr Mary Witts

Location & Booking Information

Date
Spring term, 13/1/18 - 10/2/18
Time
9.30 – 3.30pm
Duration
5 Saturdays
Price
£150
Payment
Please book here on the University eStore.
Venue
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Directions
Address
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU

 

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Islam

Learning and understanding Islam has never been more important. Islam is in the media: Sadiq Khan as London’s first Muslim mayor, the debate about the veil for Muslim women, increasingly radical forms of political Islam, Christian-Muslim tensions in various countries, but also Christian-Muslim dialogue and peace initiatives.

This course is an introduction to Islam, in both its historical and contemporary contexts. It will cover Islamic beliefs and practices, the interaction between Islam and other religions, the issue of conversion, some themes in the Quran, hadiths, legal sharia rulings, and also in contemporary scholarly writings and current news, including social justice, gender, jihad, ethics and human rights.

NB: This module cannot be taken simultaneously with Faith in Fiction.

Tutor: To be confirmed

Location & Booking Information

Date
Spring term 16/1/18 - 27/3/18 except 13/2/18
Duration
10 Tuesday afternoons
Price
£150
Payment
Please book here on the University eStore
Venue
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Directions
Address
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU

 

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Liberty and Liturgy in Worship

Worship is one of the most central and defining acts of Christian communities. It can also be one of the most divisive! This isn't surprising as it is an area of church life where very practical things - music, song, dress, orders of services...people! - get together to express what is most deeply believed and keenly felt. In this course you will have the opportunity to reflect on both the practicalities and the theology which underpins worship, in its varied forms. Whether it is studying liturgical history and forms, or freer traditions of prayer, preaching and worship, the course aims both to inform students concerning the diversity of worship and their roots, as well as to enable creative and practical approaches to worship in our communities. Singing may be called for!

NB: This module cannot be taken simultaneously with New Testament 


Tutor: Dr Clare Watkins

Location & Booking Information

Date
Spring term, 16/1/18 - 27/3/18 except 13/2/18
Time
6.30 - 9.00pm
Duration
10 Tuesday evenings
Price
£150
Payment
Please book here via the University eStore
Venue
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Directions
Address
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU

 

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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
Directions
Address
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU

 

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Introduction to the New Testament

This course traces the formation of the New Testament and the surprising story its documents reveal. Starting with the post–OT Judaism in which it all began, we explore the various ways early Christians understood their founder, their later experiences and evolving identity and how they adapted their message for the very different world beyond rural Palestine. Via the Gospels, Acts, Epistles and Revelation we navigate a cascade of sometimes unfamiliar and quite different texts written in little over 50 years, leaving us to reconstruct and imaginatively enter the contexts and communities it addressed and grapple with their emerging theologies. As we go, we allow the text to illuminate, question and sometimes challenge our traditional understandings. Lively class discussions guaranteed!

NB: This module cannot be taken simultaneously with Liturgy and Liberty in Worship.

Tutor: Dr John Moxon

Location & Booking Information

Date
Spring term, 16/1/18 - 27/3/18 (except 6/3/18) & 17/2/18
Time
6.30-9pm & 9.30am-3.30pm
Duration
10 Tuesday evenings and 1 Saturday
Price
£150
Payment
Please book here via the University eStore
Venue
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Directions
Address
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU

 

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Pentecostal Theology in Context

Since its inception, Pentecostalism has become one of the four major Christian traditions, alongside the Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant traditions. Thus, it is important for those engaged in Christian ministry to study this increasingly important sector of Christianity. The aim of the course is to enable students to analyse and critically evaluate this movement through examining key historical, theological and contextual issues relating to global Pentecostalism, exploring a range of Pentecostal beliefs and practices, and engaging with key debates within the field of Pentecostal studies. The module also explores the challenges presented to Christian ministry, focusing on the concepts of mission, contextualisation, and spirituality as reflected in various expressions of Pentecostalism found in different parts of the world.

This module cannot be taken simultaneously with Church and Society.

Tutor: Dr Richard Burgess

Location & Booking Information

Date
Autumn term 26/9/17-5/12/17 except 24/10/17
Time
1.30-4pm
Duration
10 Tuesday afternoons
Price
£150
Payment
Please book here via the University eStore
Venue
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton
Directions
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
Directions
Address
Digby Stuart College, University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London, SW15 5PU