MTH_MIT

This is the second of two modules in the Integrated MTh that focuses on the Bible. This module covers biblical theology; it deals with how to do a broad survey of the Bible's teachings on a particular topic. Your first task is to formulate a personal position paper laying out your preferred approach to biblical theology, at least within the context your research for this master's programme. At the end of the course, you must conduct a study of a broad range of biblical materials that address your research topic.

This module presents another way of looking at theology: the historical perspective on theology.

This course seeks to help the student understand why some who loved the Lord as much as we do, held different doctrinal positions and different biblical interpretations from our own. For example, after completing an exegesis of key New Testament passages concerning the role of women in leadership positions in the church, an historical inquiry would reveal how our forebears interpreted God’s will regarding women in leadership. While we would have to adapt their insights and responses to current circumstances and modern contexts, the understanding we gain from historical research will help us to grasp the historical development of the church’s view about women in leadership, and enable us to express it in contemporary form. McGrath makes the valid observation that theological discussions are ‘too often conducted as if the debate began yesterday’ and that unless we know how we got to where we, are our present reflections and conclusions will be uninformed (2012:14).

This module will provide guidance for theological engagement with a topic from an historical perspective.

This course will provide guidance for a systematic engagement of the topic that a candidate selected for his or her research. This topic deals with doctrinal issues such as God and His relationship to the world, the nature of man and the tragedy of sin and evil, the person and work of Jesus Christ, the way of salvation, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, and the Christian walk. Systematic theology is, the division of theology into systems that explain its various areas, for example it attempts to formulate an orderly, rational, and coherent account of the Christian faith and its beliefs.

The Practical Perspective is the final step in the MTh in Integrated Theology. In previous courses, you researched the biblical, historical, and systematic perspectives on your research theme. The final stage of integration is to integrate theory with practice, that is, to explore how your earlier research can find expression in a particular faith community (i.e. a local church or ministry organisation). This course works you step by step through the process of researching a particular ministry an developing a strategic plan for the ministry. The results of this research are presented as a mini-thesis.

The Practical Perspective is the final step in the MTh in Integrated Theology. In previous courses, you researched the biblical, historical, and systematic perspectives on your research theme. The final stage of integration is to integrate theory with practice, that is, to explore how your earlier research can find expression in a particular faith community (i.e. a local church or ministry organisation). This course works you step by step through the process of researching a particular ministry an developing a strategic plan for the ministry. The results of this research are presented as a mini-thesis.

The Practical Perspective is the final step in the MTh in Integrated Theology. In previous courses, you researched the biblical, historical, and systematic perspectives on your research theme. The final stage of integration is to integrate theory with practice, that is, to explore how your earlier research can find expression in a particular faith community (i.e. a local church or ministry organisation). This course works you step by step through the process of researching a particular ministry an developing a strategic plan for the ministry. The results of this research are presented as a mini-thesis.