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Passion and Atonement: The Cross in Contemporary Theological Discussion
This course explores the significance of the death of Jesus and engages contemporary discussion of theologies of atonement. The objectives of the course are that students who complete it will: 1) demonstrate knowledge of major interpretive views of the cross in the Christian theological tradition; 2) demonstrate understanding of major contemporary criticisms of atonement doctrine and some major reconstructions of it; 3) demonstrate knowledge of the work of René Girard and its relevance for theological reflection; and 4) develop and state their own theological framework for addressing these issues personally, pastorally and institutionally.
Students are expected to have some introductory knowledge of theology and Bible.
Class participation: Keep up with assigned readings, attend class sessions, participate actively in discussions.
Discussion papers: Five 500 word class discussion papers and associated class leadership
Final Paper: 15-20 pages
Final paper 40% of final grade.
Class Discussion Papers 30% of final grade
Class participation 30% of final grade.