The unit contributes to the DBT course by allowing the student to engage critically with current Christian apologetic issues. It develops skills of integration as the disciplines of biblical, systematic and philosophical theology are brought together for defending and commending Christianity in the context of contemporary Western culture. The purpose of this unit is to equip students to analyse and evaluate specific contemporary objections to the Christian faith and to address these objections with the explanatory power of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The unit explores the origins and development of the orthodox and catholic tradition through historical study of the early church (70-451AD) and briefly surveys Christian developments through the middle ages. It traces the history of Christianity beyond the period studied in New Testament 1. It will assist the graduate in, developing an appreciation of primary sources, knowledge of the key developments of the period, capacity for historical research, and a greater self-understanding within the Catholic tradition. The purpose of this unit is to enable students to engage with the orthodox, catholic tradition in an informed and self-critical manner, evaluating against the norm of biblical revelation.
In this unit, you will look at how the Bible is structured and how it centres on and culminates with the revelation of the Lord Jesus. As such, we focus on the unfolding self-revelation of God in human history as revealed in the Bible. This unit will: help you grasp the overall content of the Bible; help you understand how to apply the whole Bible to different ethical issues; help you teach different parts of the Bible.