COS 522 - Theology in the Contemporary Church

COS 522: Theology in the Contemporary Church - Winter 2020
1/10/2020 - 1/25/2020 -


January 10-11, 24-25, 2020

5:45pm Friday: Worship
7:00-10:15pm Friday: Class
7:45am-4:15pm Saturday: Class

Syllabi will be available at




John Caputo - What Would Jesus Deconstruct?

Daniel Migliore      Faith Seeking Understanding


Henry Bettenson & Chris Maunder - Documents of the Christian Church*


Henry H Knight - From Aldersgate to Azusa Street


*Students will have the book from a previous class or Licensing School


COS 522 – Theology in the Contemporary Church


This course covers significant individuals, movements, events, and theological developments from the nineteenth century to the present. Students will read selected primary sources.


Students will be able to:


  1. Understand the origins and theological tenets of liberalism from the early 19th century to the present, including its influence on ecumenism and process theology.
  2. Understand and distinguish reactions to liberalism, including Fundamentalism, Neo-Orthodoxy, and Evangelicalism.
  3. Understand the historical development and theology of the Holiness Movement, Pentecostalism, and the Charismatic Movement.
  4. Understand the origins and tenets of Liberation and Contextual theologies.


This course is designed to give students an understanding of the events and theological insights of the mid-to late 19th century that form the backdrop for 20th and 21st century developments in theology. Class work is intended to contribute to each pastor's growth as a pastoral theologian.



Millsaps College
McRae Christian Center
1701 N. State St., Jackson, Mississippi 39210