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- To display an accurate knowledge of the basic theological concepts and doctrines of the Christian faith.
- To demonstrate an understanding of the historical, conceptual, methodological and doctrinal issues behind the formation of basic theological ideas in the history of Christian thought.
- To illustrate how theological ideas can make a difference in living out the Church’s mission in the contemporary world.
Source: General Board of Examining Chaplains website
The Black Christ by
Call Number: BT304.912 .D68 1993
Publication Date: 2019-04-24
Most accessible Christology by a contemporary Anglican theologian.
Divine Teaching by
Call Number: BT15 .M35 2008
Publication Date: 2007-11-28
Most accessible intro to theology by a contemporary Anglican theologian
Gregory of Nyssa by
Call Number: BS580 .M6 G7313
Publication Date: 1988-10-01
Most accessible classical text showing connection of spirituality and theology.
Holy Teaching by
Call Number: BX1749 .T515 2005
Publication Date: 2005-07-01
Most accessible text of medieval theology (Thomas Aquinas with footnotes).
The Vocation of Anglican Theology by
Call Number: BX5005 .V63 2014
Publication Date: 2014-09-30
Most accessible guide to big theological topics by contemporary Anglican theologians.
Video presentation from Dr. Tony Baker
Note from Dr. Baker
The last several years of Christian Theology questions on the GOE have followed a pattern: They have named a controversy and asked the test taker to stake a claim within it. “Offer a theology of…” Sometimes they have named this as an article for a parish newsletter, sometimes it’s been simply about making the claim without any further context.
They ask you to:
- Take a theological position on the question in a way that shows understanding of the theological (and especially Anglican theological) tradition. This includes careful definition of terms.
- Cite sources (often Anglican ones) in a way that is consistent with the thinker and relevant to your response.
- Demonstrate the pastoral sensitivity of your answer.
This year’s may not follow that pattern exactly—so be sure to read carefully and answer only what they’re asking. But it’s a pretty good bet that it won’t wander too far from this pattern.
-Dr. Anthony D. Baker, Clinton S. Quin Professor of Systematic Theology at Seminary of the Southwest.
The Way to Nicaea by
Call Number: BT23 .B47 2001
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
Best intro to the teachings of the church fathers, focusing on the first three centuries of the Christian era.
The Nicene Faith by
Call Number: BT23 .B47 2001 1 and BT23 .B47 2001 2
Publication Date: 2004-06-01
Best intro to the teachings of the church fathers. A two-volume set focusing on the 4th century.
Classical Texts on Trinity
Augustine, Sermon 2 and Sermon 67.
Gregory of Nyssa, To Ablablius.
Classical Texts on Christology
Athanasius, Orations against the Arians III
Maximus, On the Two Wills of Christ in On the Cosmic Mystery
Classical Texts on Spirit
Gregory of Nazianzus, Oration 31