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RST-307-20, Trinity: Images of God (SP13)

INSTRUCTOR: Lyle K. Weiss, S.T.L., S.T.D.

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: T1/Saturday/8:30-11:15 a.m., 02/02/2013-03/16/2013

CONTENT:

This course is a study of the Christian understanding, articulation, and experience of the person of God as Trinity. The course will examine the human experience of God, the building blocks of Trinitarian doctrine in scripture, the development of the doctrine of the Trinity, contemporary Trinitarian thought, the importance and limitations of language, the relationship between the doctrine of the Trinity and other dimensions of Christian thought and life, and the moral significance of the Trinity.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

At the end of this course, students will be able to…

1. Articulate the variety of experiences and expressions of the encounter with God in and through human history and life.

2. Define and utilize key terms and themes related to various conceptions of the Trinity throughout Christian history.

3. Articulate the importance of language and its limitations in speaking of God.

4. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between the doctrine of the Trinity and other Christian doctrines.

5. Apply the moral implications of the doctrine of the Trinity to Christian faith and life.

METHODS:

This course will engage the student in the learning process through a variety of techniques including lecture, discussion, and critical reflection papers.

REQUIREMENTS AND READING ASSIGNMENTS:

1. Regular class attendance and informed participation in class based upon timely completion of all reading assignments.

2. Five Critical Response Papers: The response papers, 1 page in length double spaced, will respond to the assigned reading or a focus topic provided by the professor. Students will be expected to present at least one paper to the class during the course of the semester.

3. Paper: 8-10 pages in length double spaced, will summarize the meaning and significance of the Trinity in the thought of a particular theologian or critically analyze an aspect or dimension of the Christian Trinitarian tradition. A list of potential theologians and topics will be provided. All papers should be approved by the professor in advance.

4. A final exam on the last day of class.

REQUIRED TEXTS OR MATERIALS:

Veli-Matti Karkkainen: The Trinity: Global Perspectives, Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.

Anne Hunt, Trinity: Nexus of the Mysteries of Christian Faith, Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2005.

Additional texts will be provided.

READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:

1. Karkkainen: The Trinity, xi-15.

2. Hunt: Trinity, xiii-4.