The Teaching Of Theology

Case Studies in Christ and Salvation by Jack Rogers, Ross MacKenzie, and Louis Weeks (Westminster, 1977, 176 pp., $7.95 pb), is reviewed by John V. Dahms, professor of New Testament, Canadian Theological College, Regina, Saskatshewan.

This book illustrates how the case study approach, which was developed at Harvard Business School to train business personnel to make decisions may be adapted for a college or seminary class in theology. Students get background information about historical situations in which a particular theological question became an issue. It includes some understanding of the persons involved and the nontheological factors that were influential. They then are encouraged to discuss what the most appropriate resolution of the issue would have been. A note at the beginning of each chapter says that the material is intended as a “basis for class discussion rather than to illustrate either effective or ineffective handling of a situation.”

Seventeen case studies are presented. The first four, on Christology, set forth what prompted the Councils of Nicaea, Constantinople, Ephesus, and Chalcedon. The middle section of the book sets the stage for discussion of nine historical questions concerning soteriology, most of them having to do with theories of the atonement. The first question is about Augustine’s views on the content of catechetical instruction, the last with Aulen’s theology of the cross. The final section of the book deals with four recent problems on the person and work of Christ: the question of Kimbanguist membership in the World Council of Churches, Rosemary Radford Reuther’s perspective on sexism in theology, differences at the International Congress on World Evangelization ...

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