Course Area of Study:

A critical study of the meaning and future of classical and contemporary theological method. The contribution, critique, and challenge of Liberation, Womanist, and Feminist theologies to each other and to Western theological methodology is examined. This approach to the study of theological method debates the assertion: “No one puts new wine into old wineskins.” Specific attention is given to how the recovery and use of non-traditional sources of God-talk (prayers, songs, story, etc.) are creating new theological paradigms. How traditional sources of theology (scripture, tradition, experience, and reason) are interpreted, through the lens of different cultures and contexts of oppression, is also be explored. Students have the opportunity to advance constructive statements about new ways of doing theology in their context.