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Theology 302 class (American Baptist College - Nashville, TN)

Topics in Systematic Theology: Doctrine of the Incarnation and Christology
  • This class is being offered in the Spring of 2005

    David Dault - Instructor

    This is an online resource for students participating in the class. Click here to go to the American Baptist College website for information about the school and enrolling in the course

  • TH 302 Syllabus
  • TH 302 Midterm Study Guide - NEW - Posted 2.19.05
  • I have not posted the final exam study guide, because the way I am structuring the final exam, I do not think you will need one. Trust me. Do not panic!


  • E.R. Hardy, ed., Christology of the Later Fathers, The Library of Christian Classics Series, Volume 3, published by Westminster / John Knox Press
  • A Bible, your choice of version or translation (but no paraphrase Bibles, please!)
  • The online texts as listed below, to be printed by you

    It is expected that you will have assigned texts read before class, as we will discuss them on the day shown.

  • Some tips on reading academic texts

    To print the online texts I would recommend going to the 'File' menu and selecting 'Print Preview' - you should then see the text laid out properly for standard paper. Look to make sure words aren't being cut off on the edges in the preview. From there you can press 'Print' and all should be well. If cut-offs are happening you will need to find out how to adjust that particular machine's settings, or another option would be to 'Select all' in the edit menu, and copy and paste the text into a Word document and print from there.

    Week 1

  • Introduction and Overview
  • Old Testament Backgrounds - Isaiah 44 and 53, Genesis 3, Exodus 40, Deuteronomy 12
  • Intertestemental Backgrounds - text, The Wisdom of Solomon

    Week 2

  • The Epistle to the Romans
  • The Epistle to the Hebrews
  • The Gospel of Mark

    Week 3

  • The Gospel of Matthew or the Gospel of Luke
  • The Gospel of John
  • Gnostics and Marcionites - Justin Martyr - text, Dialogue with Trypho

    Week 4

  • Tertullian - text, Against Hermogenes and On the Flesh of Christ
  • Origen - text, Commentary on John
  • Introduction to Christology of the Later Fathers

    Week 5

  • St. Athanasius, "On the Incarnation of the Word" (in Christology of the Later Fathers )
  • The Arian Controversy
  • The Council of Nicea texts, "The Nicene Creed" (handout), "The Letter of Eusebius of Caesarea Describing the Concil of Nicea" (in CotLF)

    Week 6

  • Alexandria and Antioch - the beginnings of the Nestorian controversy
  • Gregory of Nanzianzus, "The Theological Orations," (in CotLF)
  • Gregory of Nyssa, "An Answer to Ablabius: That We Should Not Think of Saying There Are Three Gods" (in CotLF)

    Week 7 - Current Week

  • The Councils of Constantinople (381), Ephesus (431), and Chalcedon (451)
  • Nanzianzus, "Letters on the Apollinarian Controversy" and Nyssa, "An Address on Religiouos Instruction" (both in CotLF)
  • Theodore of Mopsuestia, - text, On the Incarnation

    Week 8 - MID TERM EXAM

  • Review Session
  • Midterm
  • No Class Friday - Dault at a conference

    Week 9 - SPRING BREAK

    Week 10

  • Augustine, text, On the Trinity
  • Maximus the Confessor
  • Anselm of Canterbury, text, Cur Deus Homo

    Week 11 - GNL LECTURES

  • Abelard
  • Lectures on Wednesday Morning
  • NO CLASS - Good Friday

    Happy Easter

    Week 12

  • Thomas Aquinas, text, On the Sentences (Selections)
  • Thomas Aquinas, text, Summa Contra Gentiles IV (Selections)
  • Martin Luther, text, Disputation on the Divinity and Humanity of Christ

    Week 13

  • Council of Trent
  • John Calvin, text, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book II Chapter 14
  • The Quests for the "Historical Jesus"

    Week 14 - SENIOR EXAM WEEK

  • Karl Barth
  • Rudolf Bultmann
  • Black Liberation Christologies

    Week 15

  • Feminist Christologies
  • Womanist Christologies, text, Kelly Brown Douglas,
  • Postmodern (Anti)Christologies


  • Final Things
  • Exam Review
  • No Class on Friday


    Many thanks to J. Patout Burns and Brad Peper of Vanderbilt University for assistance in preparation of the above texts

    For Further Reading - If you want to continue thinking about the issues raised in this course, the following books may be helpful to you:

  • Bart D. Ehrman, The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture, Oxford University Press, 1993

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    This page is referenced by the following pages:
    Dialogue with Trypho