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Essentials Competency 3: Tips

How do I demonstrate Competency 3? “Gain an appreciation for the historical effort of the church as it has sought, through the centuries, to provide the church of its generation with a relevant understanding and defense of the faith delivered by the apostles.”

  • You may use any evidence you have to demonstrate this or any competency.
  • Most students will draw their projects and reading from Units 2 and 3. The readings do a good job summarizing the battles faced by the church across the centuries, the defenses which were developed, and the tools which were used. In this instance, a reading not included in the Theological Reader is highly recommended. Christian Thought Revisited by Justo Gonzalez traces the historical emergence of three types of theology which influence the church to this day and why one type, driven by pastoral concern for the churches, is much needed. Additionally, Church-Based Theology: Creating a New Paradigm by Jeff Reed contains an example of capturing in chart form how the church contended for the faith over the centuries.
  • Most students will revise (and/or replace) these projects as they proceed through the course in order to be able to demonstrate their best competency at the end.
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