Alphacrucis College

Details for Understanding the Faith

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Paper code: THE101
  • Credit points: 15
  • Total workload hours per week: 10
  • Number of timetabled hours per week: 4 *

* Note: Papers with reduced contact hours (such as those taught in Intensive format) will have an increased assessment component.

The paper Understanding the Faith is part of the subject area Theology and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Bachelor of Contemporary Ministry (New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)).

Paper Content

Curriculum Objective

Christian Worldview is part of the subject area “Theology”. This paper looks at how our theology is formed and applies a formative understanding of Christian thoughts on doctrines of God, creation and redemption


Students should be able to:

  1. Identify the sources used to inform theological thinking and apply consistent method in analysing and evaluating information
  2. Discuss alternate perspectives, and identify complementary and contradictory conclusions and arguments
  3. Demonstrate and apply a formative understanding of traditional Christian thought on doctrines of God, creation and redemption
  4. Explain the connection of Christian doctrine and theological tradition to individual spirituality and to church life and mission 

Subject Content

  1. Theological method and sources
  2. God and Creation
  3. Humanity and Sin
  4. Christ and Redemption
  5. Church and Mission
  6. Eschatology
  7. Worldview
  8. Engagement with New Zealand context, including Maori spirituality and worldview 

This course may be offered in the following formats

Lectures, class presentations, discussion, tutorials, web-based interaction, distance learning materials

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

Forum Postings (10%, 1000 words); Major Essay (50%, 2000 words); Final Exam (40%, 1.5 hour)

Prescribed Text

Grenz, S. Created for Community. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.

Representative References

Dockery, D. & G. Thornbury (eds),Shaping a Christian Worldview.  Nashville: Baker, 2002.

Edwards, D. Breath of Life: A Theology of the Creator Spirit. Maryknoll: Orbis, 2004.

Geisler, N.L. Systematic Theology, Volume 1:  Introduction/Bible.  Ada, MI:  Bethany House, 2002.

Grenz, S. Created for Community. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1998.

Horton, S (ed),  Systematic Theology: A Pentecostal Perspective. Springfield: GPH, 1993.

Kärkkäinen, V.  Pneumatology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002.

Mayhue, R.J.H. & MacArthur, J. (eds), Think Biblically!: Recovering a Christian Worldview. Wheaton, Ill: Crossway, 2003.

Migliore, D.  Faith Seeking Understanding. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004.

Moreland, J.P. & Craig, W.L.  Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview.  Downers Grove:  InterVarsity Press, 2003.

Milne, B. Know the Truth – 3rd edition. Downers Grove: IVP, 2009.

Ormerod, N. Introducing Contemporary Theologies. Maryknoll: E.J. Dwyer, 1990, 1997.

Peters, T. “Six Ways of Salvation: How Does Jesus Save?”, Dialog 45:3 (2006): 223-235.

Ross, K. “Christian Mission and the End of Poverty: Time For Eschatology”, Mission Studies 24 (2007): 79-97.

Tan-Chow, M.L. Pentecostal Theology for the Twenty-First Century.  Surrey:  Ashgate, 2007.

Van Gelder, C. The Essence of the Church. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.

Yong, A. “The Spirit and Creation: Possibilities and Challenges for a Dialogue between Pentecostal Theology and the Sciences”, Journal of the European Pentecostal Theological Association 25 (2005): 82-110.



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