L3.7 Contextual Theology

L3.7 Contextual Theology

L3.7 Contextual Theology

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Contextual theology acknowledges that every expression of the Christian faith arises from a particular time and setting. Culture, experiences, social location, and social change all contribute to the context in which we live and move and have our being.

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Course Description

Contextual theology acknowledges that every expression of the Christian faith arises from a particular time and setting. Culture, experiences, social location, and social change all contribute to the context in which we live and move and have our being. Our families and other people who have influenced our lives, the places we have lived, the schools we’ve attended, and the churches where we’ve worshipped have all affected what we believe and how we express our Christian faith.

The post-Constantinian version of Christianity that most North Americans assume to be foundational, is not the only or most authentic version of the gospel. For the next six weeks, course participants will hear the accented (to us) voices of Christians from around the world telling the good news of Jesus Christ as it has spoken to them in their own setting and through their own experiences. It is important to remember that some of these different voices may also be our nearest neighbors.

It is our hope and expectation that our listening, reading, and sharing in this course will expand our appreciation for the depth and breath of the faith we profess by connecting us with brothers and sisters whose perspectives we must attend to if we are to fulfill Jesus’ prayer that “we may all be one.”

The course materials for Contextual Theology include a number of YouTube videos as well as selected journal articles. Participants are encouraged to identify other resources, which may be incorporated into subsequent versions of the course.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase self-awareness concerning the contextual limitations and assumptions of our own theology.
  • Appreciate the diversity of ways in which the Word Made Flesh is received and understood because of differences in cultures and experiences
  • Expand our own faith horizons by becoming acquainted with theological beliefs, symbols, and practices from other contexts.
  • Promote global dialogue and understanding in and through the church.

Texts:

  • All resources will be provided.