THM3410 Theology of Person and Place
Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Vinod John
Explores the theological and anthropological meaning and significance of the person and the place he/she occupies in Gods creation. A theology of individuality, identity, and community will be developed vis–vis the imago dei in the service of the missio dei.
How This Course Benefits Students:
This course is an introduction to the theological anthropology of the concept of person, personhood, identity, individuality, and community and how they relate to the image of God from a missional perspective. The sacredness of the place where God has placed individuals, however dehumanizing it may be, will be explored. Stress will be given to the idea that the mission of God is to be carried out by individuals created in the image of God in a particular place where God has kept them for a purpose.
Why This Course Is Important:
Today the society around us is one of the most religiously and culturally diverse communities that we have seen in the history of humankind. Due to immigration, forced or normal migration, or the enormous refugee crisis, every day we encounter people of different religious beliefs and cultural practices in a myriad of settings. How should a Christian respond to the strangers of the other? How do we consider the place we have been raised or have lived all our life or the place God has moved us to? This course will help students learn the meaning of personhood, explore human identity and help us live in more humane ways with the other in whatever place God has kept us thus humanizing the inhuman world of racial and communal conflict around us.