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THE 541 Jesus through the Centuries

This course is a historical survey of the evolving understandings of the meaning and significance of Jesus Christ in the Western Christian tradition, beginning with New Testament Christologies, moving through the debates of the fourth and fifth centuries (through which Christian creedal formulas were established), medieval atonement theories, post-Enlightenment reformulations, to the challenges presented by contemporary interpretations. Key to this course is understanding the contextual nature of theological formulations, which arise in response to specific human and planetary needs. Students will develop a Christological position in relation to particular instances of such needs as an integral part of the course.