McGrath Reading Report Instructions
CHRI 2373: Christian Theology and Tradition
For each McGrath Report, you will choose 4 selections from The Christian Theology Reader respective to the required reading for that Module/Week. You must write a summary of each selection and a response to at least one selection.
You must answer the following questions for each of the 4 selections:
1. In which of the 6 categories of the history of the church does the author fit? The categories are: Patristic, Medieval, Byzantine, Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox. (See the “Development of Christian Theology: A Historical Overview” section on page xxv of The Christian Theology Reader or look online to find the time frame and religious tradition of each writer.)
2. What are the central theses of the texts at hand? What is the main idea of the passage? Note key terms or issues.
3. What quote(s) from the reading capture(s) the main idea?
Among those things listed, two things are very important for every reading: the writer’s place in theological history (e.g., in the McGrath Report Example document, Cyril is a “Patristic” writer) and the main idea/thesis of the reading selection. Your discussion of the thesis can include some summary, but you should clearly summarize what the writer’s main argument (thesis) is.
In addition to answering the 3 questions for each of the 4 selections, choose one of the works and provide evaluative material on the reading. For instance, expound on what you agree/disagree with, why the idea works or does not work, etc. Evaluative comments on all 4 selections are not necessary, just on at least one.
Consider answering the following optional discussion questions as you feel led:
1. How does this material relate to the Practicing Christian Doctrine (Felker-Jones) book?
2. With which authors and/or point(s) do I resonate?
3. What questions do I have about these readings?
4. With what do I disagree?
Please follow these formatting requirements for each McGrath Report:
• Each report must be at least 350 words in length.
• Each report must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document.
• Each report must be written in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with 1” margins.
• No title page or table of contents is required; just a bibliography of any resources referenced.
• All references must be cited according to the School of Christian Thought’s Turabian/SBL/Chicago Style Formatting Guide. This guide is located within the “Start Here” folder of your course.
For further details on the grading and formatting of your reports, please refer to the McGrath Report Example and Rubric.
Below is a comprehensive list of all selections that you may choose from for each Module/Week.
Module/Week 1 – McGrath Report 1: The Nature of Theology
• 1.6 – The Apostles’ Creed
• 1.13 – John Calvin on the Nature of Faith
• 1.24 – Karl Barth on the Nature and Task of Theology
• 1.27 – Vladimir Lossky on Apophatic Approaches to Theology
• 1.32 – Gustavo Gutiérrez on Theology as Critical Reflection
• 1.36 – Kevin Vanhoozer on the Challenge of Postmodernity for Theology
Module/Week 2 – McGrath Report 2: Revelation and the Trinity
• 1.5 – Nicene Creed
• 2.16 – Martin Luther on Revelation in Christ
• 2.18 – John Calvin on the Relation Between the Old and New Testaments
• 2.19 – The Council of Trent on Scripture and Tradition
• 2.37 – Karl Barth on Revelation as God’s Self-Disclosure
• 2.46 – John Meyendorff on Living Tradition
• 3.3 – Irenaeus on the Trinity
• 3.12 – Augustine on the Trinity
• 3.14 – Epiphanius of Constantia on Sabellianism
• 3.17 – The Eleventh Council of Toledo on the Trinity
• 3.33 – Robert Jenson on the Trinity
Module/Week 3 – McGrath Report 3: God and the World
• 3.4 – Tertullian on Creation from Pre-Existent Matter
• 3.13 – Augustine of Hippo on the Relationship between God and Evil
• 3.18 – Anselm of Canterbury on the Compassion of God
• 3.29 – Karl Barth on the “Otherness” of God
• 3.30 – Jürgen Moltmann on the Suffering of God
Module/Week 4 – McGrath Report 4: The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ
• 3.8 – Basil of Caesarea on the Work of the Holy Spirit
• 3.15 – Cyril of Alexandria on the Role of the Holy Spirit
• 3.16 – John of Damascus on the Holy Spirit
• 4.7 – Arius on the Status of Christ
• 4.13 – Cyril of Alexandria on the Incarnation
• 4.14 – Pope Leo the Great on the Two Natures of Christ
• 4.15 – The Chalcedonian Definition of Christian Faith
• 4.16 – John of Damascus on the Incarnation and Icons
• 4.32 – Thomas F. Torrance on the Incarnation and Soteriology
• 4.35 – N.T. Wright on History and Christology
Module/Week 5 – McGrath Report 5: Humanity
• 6.2 – Tertullian on Inherited Guilt
• 6.9 – Augustine of Hippo on Fallen Human Nature
• 6.10 & 6.11 – Pelagius on Human Responsibility and Pelagius on Human Freedom (note: treat both of these as one reading because they are so short)
• 6.12 – Council of Carthage on Grace (note: the items in this reading are Pelagian positions that the council is condemning)
• 6.32 – Jonathan Edwards on Original Sin
• 6.41 – Benedict XVI on the Identity of Humanity
Module/Week 6 – McGrath Report: Salvation and the Church
• 5.14 – Peter Abelard on the Love of Christ in Redemption
• 5.28 – Gustaf Aulén on the Classic Theory of the Atonement
• 5.29 – Vladimir Lossky on Redemption as Deification
• 5.32 – James I. Packer on Penal Substitution
• 6.8 & 9 – Augustine on Predestination and Fallen Human Nature (note: treat both of these as one reading)
• 6.13 – The Second Council of Orange on Grace and Freedom
• 6.39 – The Second Vatican Council on Human Nature
• 7.4 – Cyril of Jerusalem on the Catholicity of the Church
• 7.6 – Augustine on the Mixed Nature of the Church
• 7.17 – John Calvin on the Marks of the Church
• 7.22 – The First Vatican Council on Papal Primacy in the Church
• 7.24 – The Barmen Confession on the Identity of the Church
• 7.27 – The Second Vatican Council on the Nature of the Church
• 7.31 – George Dragas on the Orthodox Concept of the Church
Module/Week 7 – McGrath Report: Eschatology
• 10.1 – Irenaeus of Lyons on the Final Restoration of Creation
• 10.9 – Gregory of Nyssa on the Resurrection Body
• 10.15 – Catherine of Genoa on Purgatory
• 10.17 – Jeremy Taylor on Death and Heaven
• 10.18 – Jonathan Edwards on the Reality of Hell
• 10.19 – John Wesley on Universal Restoration