Instructor: Duane A. Priebe



There will be some initial work prior to the beginning of the course as students register.

3 semester hours; letter grade or credit-no credit - student's choice

This course will introduce the basic structures of Christian and Lutheran thought, as it explores the relationship

between God, humanity, and the world in a history of revelation centered in Jesus Christ that extends from creation and fall to the

consummation of all things. The course will be organized around the trinitarian framework of the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed. Throughout the course, the global context of the Christian witness to Jesus Christ and the engagement between the Christian message and other religious traditions will be kept in view.



1. To begin to be aware of the resources and methods for theological thought, and to appreciate the multidimensional

content of the gospel as it addresses the rich variety of human contexts.


2. To understand the formative power of basic structures of human thought, of Christian thought in the

context of other religious alternatives, and of Lutheran thought within the horizon of ecumenical Christianity.


3. To learn to listen sensitively to people whose interpretation of the gospel and view of the world differ from

one's own, including people of other religions. Such listening helps us understand others sympathetically, and

learning from them enriches our own vision of reality and deepens our understanding of the gospel of Jesus

Christ and its power to touch human life.


4. To appreciate the cultural and contextual relativity of every formulation of the gospel while growing in

awareness of the universal meaning of God’s activity in Jesus Christ.


5. To help students effectively present the meaning of the gospel and the claim of Jesus Christ in open

conversation with the world of religious alternatives in such a way that they can learn from others without

being relativistic.


6. To be sensitive to the significance of the gospel for the human longing for freedom and justice in the face of

violence and oppression, and to understand the relevance of the gospel for human unity in the face of the

divisive forces at large in the world., while growing in awareness of the universal meaning of God's activity in

Jesus Christ.



1. The course will consist of four units with an initial introduction and the three articles of the Nicene Creed.

2. The core of the course will include reading and asynchronous conversations on Moodle.

3. In addition to the posts, each student will write four short (350 words maximum) papers, one for each unit,

and a final paper (3,500 words maximum) addressing the central message of the gospel as they understand it.



Participation in the Discussion 30%; four short papers 20%; final paper 50%.



Confessing the One Faith

Peters, God – The World’s Future

Lecture Notes where available

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