Doctorate of Philosophy – Creeds and Councils

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This course is designed for students with an interest in theology, history, and religious studies, providing a scholarly exploration of the doctrinal foundations that continue to shape Christian beliefs today. Whether pursuing a career in ministry, or academia or seeking a deeper understanding of their faith, students will leave this course equipped with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to navigate the complexities of Christian doctrinal history.

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Course Title: “Bible Creeds and Councils: Unveiling the Foundations of Christian Doctrine”

Course Description: Delve into the rich tapestry of Christian theology as we explore the profound significance of Bible creeds and councils in shaping the foundational doctrines of the Christian faith. This course provides an in-depth examination of the historical development, theological implications, and enduring impact of key creeds and councils that have played a pivotal role in shaping the beliefs and practices of Christian communities.

Throughout the semester, students will embark on a chronological journey, starting with the earliest formulations of creeds in the New Testament and progressing through the ecumenical councils of the early church. By analyzing primary texts and engaging with historical context, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of how these doctrinal statements emerged as responses to theological challenges and controversies.

The course will explore major creeds such as the Nicene Creed, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Athanasian Creed, examining their formulations and elucidating their theological implications. In addition, students will delve into significant ecumenical councils, including the Council of Nicaea and the Council of Chalcedon, to grasp the nuances of theological debates and resolutions that have shaped Christian orthodoxy.

As part of the curriculum, students will critically assess the relevance of these creeds and councils in contemporary Christianity, exploring their impact on denominational traditions, doctrinal unity, and interfaith dialogue. Through class discussions, research projects, and presentations, students will develop analytical skills and a nuanced understanding of the ongoing significance of Bible creeds and councils in the broader Christian theological landscape.

This course is designed for students with an interest in theology, history, and religious studies, providing a scholarly exploration of the doctrinal foundations that continue to shape Christian beliefs today. Whether pursuing a career in ministry, or academia or seeking a deeper understanding of their faith, students will leave this course equipped with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to navigate the complexities of Christian doctrinal history.

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