Exploring Baptist & Evangelical Theology 1


Course Objective

1. The student is able to outline and clarify James McClendon’s ethics
and its close attachment to narrative and biographical theology, such as
the lives and legacies of Dag Hammarskjöld, Martin Luther King, Sarah
Edwards-Pierpont, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Dorothy Day.
2. The student shows insight in making McClendon’s theology conversant
with contemporary theologians, the spiritual climate in which he was
working, and the onset of the 21st century.
3. The student knows how to ‘translate’ the fruit of this study to the
working floor of the evangelical tradition and Baptist life & tradition.

Course Content

This course prepares students for reading, studying and understanding
McClendon’s theology. It discusses his methodology, his core concepts,
and his approaches of lived faith.
In discussion students reflect on the relevance of McClendon’s theology
for ‘being Church today’. Students are also expected to take part in a
local church, to be participant observers themselves, and to be able to
apply theological insights within living ecclesial practices.

Teaching Methods

Attendance of classes is required, just like preparation of the
assignments. The student prepares for classes by critical reading of the
designated chapters and articles. During classes the subject matter will
be discussed and deepened.
Justification of hours:
6 ects (= 168 hours). Classes and (preparing for) exam take
approximately 40 hours. 128 hours remain for reading (1) McClendons ST
1, (2) McClendons Biography as Theology, and Ryan Andrew Newson, Andrew
C. Wright (eds.), The Collected Works of James Wm. McClendon, Vol. 2 ,
see the list below (altogether: 335 + 184 + 130 = 649 pages [= 6 pages
per hour]).

Method of Assessment

Written examination (100%)


• James Wm. McClendon. Systematic Theology, Vol. 1: Ethics. Nashville:
Abingdon Press, 2002. 394 pp.
• James Wm. McClendon. Biography As Theology: How Life Stories Can
Remake Today’s Theology. Philadelphia: Trinity Press International,
• Ryan Andrew Newson, Andrew C. Wright (eds.). The Collected Works of
James Wm. McClendon, Vol. 2. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014),
285-376; the articles are:
• ‘Do We Need Saints Today?’
• ‘Towards an Ethics of Delight’
• ‘Ethics for a Career’
• 'How Can a Christian Be a Law Librarian?’
• ‘How Is Christian Morality Universalizable?’
• ‘Picture Eschatology’
• ‘Taking the Side of the World'

Target Audience

This module is part of the McClendon track within Exploring a Disipline.
It is an elective for all other Master's students.

General Information

Course Code G_BAEBET1
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Religion and Theology
Course Coordinator prof. dr. H.A. Bakker
Examiner prof. dr. H.A. Bakker
Teaching Staff prof. dr. H.A. Bakker

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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