Well it’s the last exam and in many ways I believe the trickiest. Development of Christian Thought, especially in year 2, covers a vast area including such topics as secularism, pluralism and its influence on society as well as theology, and feminism’s influence on theology. There is also a topic on Marx and Liberation Theology. These are all areas which most teachers will not have taught before 2 years ago, even if they have studied them before. I found the year 2 DCT to be a genuinely fascinating area to study with my students – our discussions covered so many interesting themes such as gender politics and feminism, Christianity and its relation to our culture and so on. But I have to admit it is a challenge getting students ready to actually answer questions in these areas.
I will give some question examples which are really not predictions, but just topics that I will explore how to answer questions in.
‘Ruether’s approach to theology does not go far enough to be truly feminist’. Discuss
To what extent is Western culture Christian culture?
‘Universalism is incoherent.’ Discuss
‘Christ is more a teacher of wisdom than a political liberator’ Discuss
Over the next few days I hope to post some answers to these questions.