THE 103 Transformation in Christian Tradition
Transformation is central to the Christian movement and to the claims that Christians make. The transforming power of God’s grace is evident both in the way Christianity has shaped entire cultures and in the way the Christian message has transformed individual lives. This course will be a critical study of soteriology, the Christian doctrine of salvation, which is the language in which the Christian tradition speaks about transformation. Special attention will be given to the lives of the saints as examples of transformation and to the way in which Christ’s example has transformed these persons’ lives. Other key transformative theological concepts to be studied include grace, justification, sanctification, and deification.