||Dr. Stephen Martin
AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:
||credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
||Every week, Christians gather around symbols and
stories which remind them of a convicted and executed political
subversive who is also revealed to be King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
This course will explore the exciting engagement of the political by
Christian theologians. It will examine the contemporary retrieval of
biblical, classical, and medieval sources into a post-modern and
Prerequisites: THEO 250
- A Bible. Strongly recommended is The New Interpreter’s Study Bible: New Revised Standard Version with the Apocrypha (Nashville:Abingdon, 2003).
- Sheldrake, Philip. The Spiritual City (London: Wiley, 2015).
- Scott, James C. Seeing Like a State (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998).
- Wells, Samuel. Community-Led Regeneration and the Local Church (London: Grove Booklets, 2004)
- Friesen, Milton, and Spencer Andres. “Edmonton City Soul: A Cardus Working Paper.”
- Friesen, Milton, et al. “Religion and the good of the city 1: The contemporary cultural context of the city.”
- Friesen, Milton, et al. “Religion and the good of the city 2: The state of research and influence.”
- Friesen, Milton, et al. “Religion and the good of the city 3: The future conditions of the city.”
DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
- To demonstrate the task of theology to be an
inherently political activity.
- To introduce students to key classical resources for
- To introduce students to key thinkers that have
shaped contemporary political theology.
- To provoke students to thinking politically about
theological and doctrinal formulations.
- To give students opportunity to reflect theologically
on contemporary political events.
- 3.1 Course Introduction (Jan 5)
- 3.2 The City in Scripture (Jan 8, 10, 12)
- Reading: The Letter to the Philippians
- 3.3 The City in Theology I: St. Augustine (Jan 15, 17, 19)
- “Metropolis” will be screened Friday afternoon at 2PM in N219.
- 3.4 The City in Theology II: Monasticism (Jan 22, 26)
- Friday film discussion: “Metropolis”
- 3.5 The City in Theology III: The Middle Ages (Jan 29, 31, Feb 2)
- “Citizen Jane” will be screened Friday afternoon at 2PM in N219.
- 3.6 The City in Theology IV: Reformations (Feb 5, 7, 9)
- Friday film discussion: “Citizen Jane”
- 3.7 The City in Theology V: Modernity (Feb 12, 14, 16)
- “Radiant City” will be screened Friday afternoon at 2PM in N219.
- 3.8 Reading Week: no classes
- 3.9 Discussion of Seeing Like a State (Feb 26, 28, Mar 2)
- Friday film discussion: “Radiant City”
- 3.10 Theological Reflection on the City I: Place (Mar 5, 7, 9)
- 3.11 Theological Reflection on the City II: Community (Mar 12, 14, 16)
- 3.12 Discussion of Wells, Community-Led Regeneration (Mar 19, 21, 23)
- 3.13 Theological Reflection on the City III: Hospitality (Mar 26, 28—March 30 is Good Friday)
- 3.14 Theological Reflection on the City IV: Virtues (Apr 4, 6—April 2 is Easter Monday)
- 3.15 Presentations (Apr 9, 11, 13)
- 3.16 Conclusion (Apr 16)
- Reading: Sheldrake Epilogue.