Course Details for Post-Graduate Diploma in Theology
Semester 1, 2022
The book of Genesis makes a unique and profoundly important contribution to the biblical canon. We will explore that contribution by looking at the unique place Genesis occupies in the biblical Grand Narrative, investigating its theological content. We will take the opportunity to reflect on the sophisticated composition of the book, both in terms of its overall structure, but also in its carefully crafted narrative episodes. In the process students will develop their appreciation for the book’s themes and message, while refining their skills for reading narrative texts. The student will also encounter the book’s remarkable capacity for speaking into the life of faith.
R222.830 Humanity Fully Alive
This course draws on insights from psychology, philosophy, and neurophysiology in exploring the interrelation of the Christian doctrines of conversion and human personhood within a Trinitarian theological framework. Along the way it critiques various historical and contemporary doctrines of conversion and Christian and secular theories of personhood. It examines the outworking of Reformed doctrine and the consequences of Enlightenment thinking for Evangelicalism while exploring alternative Protestant theologies of conversion and personhood. Theologically, this work centres on Christian understandings of human personhood as both created and redeemed and as Christologically defined, and on the work of the Holy Spirit.
R351.830 Postgraduate Research and Writing
Postgraduate Research and Writing introduces you to the wonder and joy of research. It is a course designed to inspire students with the vast breadth of cutting edge investigations that are being done by the lecturers at Laidlaw, and then to teach them how to research themselves by partnering with one of these lecturers. Students will develop and hone the skills of research and writing by designing and implementing a short research project in their own area of interest.
R361.830 Research Paper
Dependent on supervisor availability. This course offers a student a supervised research essay on an approved topic in an aspect of Theology and/or related discipline. Students can apply to the Head of Theology for enrolment in this course upon the successful completion of R351.830 Postgraduate Research and Writing.
R507.830 Anointed Ministry
This course examines the doctrine of the Trinity and applies this to pastoral practices in order to allow the doctrine of the Trinity to have a controlling influence over such practices. This course addresses key concerns related to the practice of ministry. By grounding the course in a robust trinitarianism, students will receive a clear biblical and theological foundation for ministry as participation in the ongoing ministry of Christ in the world in the power of the Spirit, thus preparing them for effective Christocentric pastoral and missional leadership. The course develops historical, theological, and ministerial themes, and seeks to enable students to develop convictions for ministry and reflect on ecclesial practices such as administration of the sacraments, pastoral care, preaching, prayer, and worship.
This timetable is correct at the time of publication; however the College reserves the right to cancel courses, or alter lecture times should circumstances arise. Up to date information is available at any time by contacting the College.