5ST314 The Theology of Baptism and Eucharist, 7.5 Credits
The Theology of Baptism and Eucharist, 7.5 Credits
Systematic Theology
Spring 2018/2019 Jan - Mar (w04-w13). Language English.
Admission at universityadmissions.se or antagning.se, admission code: ST314
Entry requirements
General entry requirements for bachelor's level studies. 60 ECTS credits in theology, including a minimum of two of the courses Interpreting God and Society 15 ECTS credits, Text, Context and Interpretation 15 ECTS credits or Theology, Religion and Churches in Sweden 15 ECTS credits.
Education Level
First cycle
Content
The Baptism and the Holy Communion occupy central positions in many churches. Nevertheless, the individual believer often has a vague idea of their meaning. What meanings might baptism carry for believers in the 21st century? How does the Eucharist relate to contemporary social and political challenges? The course highlights contemporary theological perspectives on Baptism- and Eucharist liturgies from different churches and denominations and relates them to the practices of the early church and their biblical origins. Thus the course provides a foundation on basis of which the student may shape her own notion of their history as well as their contemporary significance. Contemporary theological schools (such as liturgical theology, feminist theology, contemporary evangelical theology, post-metaphysical theology, etc.) as well as the liturgies of various traditions will be analyzed and discussed.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to:
• demonstrate a general as well as an in-depth knowledge of the historical background of the Christian Baptism and Eucharist
• demonstrate ability to identify, describe and independently formulate conclusions of how the Baptism and the Eucharist can relate to human living conditions in contemporary culture
• from a Systematic-Theological perspective, show ability to critically analyze possibilities and limitations of different contemporary Baptism and Eucharist traditions.
Literature
Best, Thomas F. (red.), 2008. Baptism Today: Understanding, Practice, Ecumenical Implications, Faith and Order Paper No. 207, World Council of Churches Publications. Minnesota: Liturgical Press. Följande artiklar: Boris Bobrinskoy, “Baptism: Sacrament of the Kingdom”, sid 3-14; Paul Fiddes, “The Baptism of Believers”, sid 73-80; Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, “The Initiatory Rites of the United Methodist Church”, sid 99-108; Daniel Albrecht, “Witness in the Waters: Baptism and Pentecostal Spirituality”, sid 147-168 (46 s)

Carvalhaes, Cláudio. 2013. Eucharist and Globalization: Redrawing the Borders of Eucharistic Hospitality. Oregon: Pickwick Publications (306 s)

Lathrop, Gordon W. 1998. Holy Things: A Liturgical Theology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press (236 s)

Spinks, Bryan D., 2013. Do this in Rememberance of Me: The Eucharist from the Early Church to the Present Day. USA: SCM Press. Urval: s vii-x, sid 1-93 (96 s)
Instructors
Petra Carlsson
Exam Types
Papers, Seminars.
Grading Types
A = Excellent, B = Very good, C = Good, D = Satisfactory, E = Sufficient, FX = Insufficient, F = Insufficient
Additional Directives
Attendance at lectures and seminars is mandatory at Stockholm School of Theology.
Confirmed by Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm 2015-12-15
Literature revised 2018-02-21
Revised 2017-02-21