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    PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES INSTITUTE

    Integrative Theology:

    Christian Spirituality and Authentic Transformation

    CPSY 7162 (Sec. 15/35)

    Course Syllabus

Spring, 2004 Gary W. Moon, MDiv, Ph.D

     Contact: gmoon@psy.edu

     Office Hours on Wed. or via email

I. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course aims to provide an overview of theological foundations (themes) most

    relevant for counseling students. The term “integrative” is used for two purposes.

    First it suggests an integration of different tributaries of theologybiblical,

    historical, systematic, practical and apologetics. That is, it is used to show the

    breadth or spectrum of theology.

    Second, and more specific to the purposes of this course, “integrative” infers an

    examination of how theology may be incorporated into the process of authentic

    change and transformation into Christlikeness.

    Key areas of Christian theology will be introduced and explored. The areas of

    theology chosen for review are deemed to be both particularly relevant to the

    process of spiritual transformation and within the domain of Christian spirituality.

II. OBJECTIVES/CRITICAL COMPETENCIES

     1. To be exposed to an overview of Christian spirituality.

    2. To deeply consider the process of personal transformation.

     3. To explore domains of theology most relevant to Christian counselors.

     4. To read and discuss the work of Dallas Willard (and other “amateur”

    theologians) as relevant to the process of personal transformation.

    5. To create an experiential awareness of theology.

III. READINGS

     Required:

     Boa, Kenneth. (2001). Conformed to his image. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

    Dorman, Ted M. (2001). A faith for all seasons: Historic Christian belief in its

    classical expression. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman.

    Willard, Dallas. (2002). Renovation of the heart: Putting on the character of

    Christ. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress

     Recommended:

    Barron, Robert. (2000). And now I see: A theology of transformation. New York,

    NY: Crossroad Publishing.

     Chan, Simon. (1998). Spiritual theology: A systematic study of the Christian life.

     Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity.

     Willard, Dallas. (1991). The Spirit of the disciplines: Understanding how God

    changes lives. San Francisco: Harper Collins.

    Willard, Dallas (1998). The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering our Hidden Life

    In God. San Francisco: Harper Collins.

     Willard, Dallas. (1999). Hearing God: Developing a Conversational Relationship

     with God. Downers Grove: IVP

IV. Assignments

     1. Class attendance and participation in discussion 25%

     2. Completion of the assigned readings with a one page 25%

     assessment of each reading block assigned. This one page

     assessment is your general impression of the readings and

     is due at the beginning of the class session for which the

     readings have been assigned. (i.e., Reading reports for thsessions onesix are to be turned in February 20, and thApril 16 for session two.) Give particular attention to

    insights relevant to your own journey of transformation. To

    clarify: You will likely do a one paragraph summary of each

    chapter or facet you read as part of the six pages you turn in.

     3. Written integration project due at the beginning of our second 25% th meeting time (April 16). This project should demonstrate:

    a) An overall theological understanding of one of the 12

    Theological themes presented in the syllabus. (e.g., The

    nature of God as “Creative,” “Community,” or

    “Compassion.” Note: You do not focus on the broader

    topic (i.e., the nature of God), but on one of the more

    specific themes.

    b) An understanding of how this theme fits into the bigger

    picture of God’s narrative found in the Bible.

    c) How this theme relates to your own storyspecifically to

    your process of transformation.

    d) An understanding of how the theme is relevant to counseling stPeople in the 21 century.

    e) Which Disney classic (no this is not a typo) best expresses this

    theme.

     th4. Participation in a panel discussion (April 17) during which 25%

    you will demonstrate awareness of both the theological and

    counseling implications of the “theme” you have researched.

V. Grading

     Students will receive numeric and grade-letter feedback on each of the above

     criteria. Expectations for various grade levels will be explained prior to the

     assignment of grades.

VI. Meeting Schedule and Assignments

     February 20

     The Doctrine of God

    Session 1 Creative Creation

     1 Dorman Chapters 1, 2 & 4

     Willard Chapter 1 2 Boa Facet 1

     1Chapters 1 and 2 are foundational to the theological themes that follow.

     Session 2 Community Trinity

     Dorman Chapter 3

     Willard Chapter 2

     Boa Facet 2

     February 21

    Session 3 Compassion Grace/Love

     3 Dorman Chapter 5

     Boa Facet 3

     The Doctrine of Humanity

    Session 4 The Good The Imago Dei

     Dorman Chapter 6

     Willard Chapter 4

     Boa Facet 4

     Session 5 The Bad Sin/Fall

     Dorman Chapter 7

     Willard Chapter 3

     Boa Facet 5

     Session 6 The Ugly Internal Battle

    Ground

     Willard Chapter 5

     Boa Facet 6

     April 16

    The Doctrine of Christ

     Session 7 Medium Incarnation

     Dorman Chapter 8

     2 Note: A “facet” in the Boa text includes multiple chapters 3 Not a perfect match, but you’ve already read chapter 3

     Willard Chapter 6

     Boa Facet 7

     Session 8 Message The Kingdom

     Dorman Chapter 9

     Willard Chapter 7

     Boa Facet 8

     April 17

    Session 9 Manifestation Resurrection

     Dorman Chapter 10

     Willard Chapter 8

     Boa Facet 9

     Transformation

     Session 10 Purgation Salvation

     Dorman Chapter 12

     Willard Chapter 9

     Boa Facet 10

     Session 11 Illumination Sanctification 1

     Willard Chapters 10 & 11

     Boa Facet 11

     Session 12 Union Sanctification 2 and Consummation

     Dorman Chapter 11

     Willard Chapters 12 & 13

     Boa Facet 12

    CPSY 7162: Assignment 1

    Reading Reports

    You are to complete all of the assigned readings and write a one-page assessment of each reading block (e.g., one page for “session one: God as creative.”) This one page assessment is your general impression of the readings and is due at the beginning of the class session for which the readings have been assigned. (The reading report for sessions

    ththonesix is to be turned in February 20; the second reading report is due April 16.) It

    is important that you give particular attention to insights relevant to your own journey of transformation.

     To clarify: You should do a one-paragraph summary of each chapter or facet you read as part of the one page report done for each session. That is, while you will turn in two, six-page summaries of your readings. Each page will consist of three paragraphs

    one paragraph for each chapter (or in the case of Boa, facet).

    CPSY 7162: Assignment 2

    Written Integration Project

    Your written integration project is due at the beginning of our second meeting time

    th). This project (8 to 10 page paper) should demonstrate: (April 16

1. An overall theological understanding of one of the 12 theological themes

    presented in the syllabus. (e.g., The nature of God as “Creative,”

    “Community,” or “Compassion.”) Note: You do not focus on the broader

    topic (i.e., the nature of God), but on one of the more specific themes.

    2. An understanding of how this theme fits into the bigger picture of God’s

    narrative found in the Bible.

3. How this theme relates to your own storyspecifically to your process of

    transformation.

    st4. An understanding of how the theme is relevant to counseling people in the 21

    century.

    5. Which Disney (or other) classic (no this is not a typo) best expresses this

    theme?

    You will sign-up for your topic during the time of our first meeting together.

    CPSY 7162 : Assignment sign-up sheet

The Doctrine of God

     Creation/Creative

     Trinity/Community

     Grace/Compassion

Doctrine of Humanity

     Imago Dei/The Good

     Sin-Fall/The Bad

     Internal Battle Ground/The Ugly

Doctrine of Christ

     Incarnation/The Medium

     Kingdom/The Message

     Resurrection/The Manifestation

Doctrine of Transformation

     Salvation-Redemption/Purgation

    Sanctification 1/Illumination

    Sanctification 2/Union

    CPSY 7162: Assignment 3

    Group Project/Class Presentation

    th) during which you will You will participation in a panel discussion (April 17

    demonstrate awareness of both the theological and counseling implications of the “theme” you have researched. Note: You will not have to research another theme, as you will discuss the theme developed in your paper. In this case you will be discussing this theme with more of a focus on a particular case study.

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