Introducing Christian Theology

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We are delivering this Christmas Lecture using Zoom. We will email, a few days before, the link to join the lecture with details of how to access Zoom if you should need it. What is Christian Theology? How can we do theology today? This lecture will introduce some of the responses arrived at by David Ford in his book: 'Theology, A Very Short Introduction'. This talk is for anyone who would like to be introduced to theological questions and how Christian theologians have attempted to answer them. All are welcome: students with a faith or without, agnostic or atheistic, religious or non-religious: all students will be encouraged to discover ways of doing and reflecting on theological issues. Ideas will focus mostly on Christian theology and the topic of the "Incarnation" at the heart of the Christmas story, both orthodox and not, within a broad range of theological thought and opinions.

Course aim

What is Christian Theology? Starting from a basic definition this lecture will develop ideas on how to do theology. Furthermore ideas on the "Incarnation" at the heart of the Christmas story will be explored: orthodox doctrine, myth or metaphor?

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit:
  • No skills or experience needed
  • Everyone welcome - the Tutor will present the talk online via Zoom and an outline of the session will be published in Modules on Canvas.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain 2 to 3 points of the definition of 'Christian Theology'
  • Develop my own individual theological opinions and examine my own answers to some of life’s important questions
  • Identify 3 or 4 methods of doing theology
  • Describe 2 to 3 aspects of theologians' views on the "Incarnation" and how God became man at Christmas
  • Decide on your own response and interpretation to the question: did God become man at the Incarnation - doctrinal truth, myth or metaphor?

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • Students are encouraged to reflect on the many theological questions which arise. As theology students, all participants may wish to do further online research and reading, exploring and arriving at their own conclusions.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • The lecture focuses on defining and developing theological skills. Ideas, some traditional, others unorthodox, on the Incarnation will be explored. Lecture outlines will be available in Modules on Canvas.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Students from all religious and non-religious backgrounds are welcome to explore theological ideas in an inclusive, respectful learning environment, and may wish to take notes.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Students would find "A Very Short Introduction to Theology" by David F. Ford (2nd edition) helpful yet also overwhelming. Other books may be useful as background reading: Pocket History of Theology by Olson & English, The History of Christian Thought by Jonathan Hill; many websites are available.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Introducing Christian Theology


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