The Theology of Baptism and Eucharist

The Theology of Baptism and Eucharist

7.5 credits

7.5 credits

Spring semester 2019

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
  • demonstrate ability to independently formulate a constructive Systematic-Theological account of Baptism and/or Eucharist theology.

 

For application enquiries, please contact the assistent director of studies: 
Josef Forsling, josef.forsling@ehs.se

University College Stockholm - Stockholm School of Theology