P245 Christian Religious Education

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The Old Testament

Candidates will be expected to show understanding of

(a) the development of Israel's life and thought throughout the Old Testament

(b) the relationship of the Old and New

Knowledge will be expected of the following themes:

(a) The historical setting of the Prophets of Israel

(b) The prophetic contribution and challenge to Israel's religious life and thought

(c) God's promise and the chosen people

(d) Covenant and law

(e) Kingship

(f) The messianic hope

(g) The Holy City and temple

(h) Sacrifice

(i) God's righteousness and love

(j) The remnant

(k) Judgment and Suffering

References should be made to passages from:

(a) The Law Books

(b) The Historical Books

(c) The Prophetic Books

The New Testament

Candidates will be expected to show understanding of

(a) The period of oral transmission of the faith.

(b) The transition from oral tradition to written documents.

(c) The development and recognition within the Christian community of the written documents which we have before us in the New Testament.

(d) The aims and purposes of the writers of the selected books.

Knowledge will be expected of the content and of the development of the main ideas as exemplified by the selected books with particular reference to following topics:

(a) The Early Proclamation

(b) The interpretation of the mission and teaching of Jesus according to the synoptic tradition.

(c) The Pauline and Johanine interpretations.

(d) The life of the young church in the apostolic age.

Selected Books:

(a) The Gospel according to Mark

(b) The Gospel according to John

(c) The first letter of Paul to the Corinthians

(d) The letter to the Galatians

(e) The first letter of Peter

(f) The letter of James

Christianity in the East African Environment

A. Description of the African Religious Experience Around 1844

Religion in a Community

B. The Coming of Christianity: Impact and Interaction

Impact (1844 - 90)

(a) The arrival of the first missionaries.

(b) Growing interest in Europe and America in the overseas missionary movement.

(c) The slave trade and missionaries.

(d) Communities of freed slaves.

(e) Penetration into Uganda.

(f) The religious confusion at the court of the Kabaka.

(g) First African Christian witness.

(h) The importance of the Berlin conference (1884 - 5).

Establishment (1890 - 1918)

(a) The re-deployment of missionary organization.

(b) Growing accessibility of the African interior.

(c) New influx of missionary organizations.

(d) The first establishment of Church Communities.

(e) Ecumenical contacts.

(f) The impact of the colonial administration, settler and European commercial interests, on missionary work.

Interaction and Consolidation (1918 - 45)

(a) Disruption of local community.

(b) Themes of conflict and interaction

Achieving Independence (1945 - 63)

(a) Organized anti-colonialism.

(b) Christian reactions in the struggle for independence.

(c) Accelerated church independence.

(d) Church and school.

(e) The changing missionary role.

C. Christianity in the contemporary Religious Environment

Interaction of Christianity and Other Religions

(a) African traditional religions

(b) Islam

(c) Faiths of Asian origin

Present Christian Situation

(a) Diversity within Christianity

(b) Growth of membership

(c) Indigenization

(d) Revivalism and other movements.

(e) The ecumenical movement.

(f) Religion and politics.

(g) Social challenges.

Christian Approaches to Social and Ethical Issues

A. Sex, Marriage and the Family

Basic principles of the Christian view of sex, marriage and the family; love involving responsible living.

Respect for the elders in African tradition, maturity, the role of the young, causes of conflict and misunderstanding.

B. Work, Leisure and Money

Work Varying reasons for work.


The right use of leisure


The impact of the money economy in Africa

C. Law and Order

Law, Crime and Punishment

The necessity of law and order in society.

The State and the Citizen

The state and its function.

International Order

Peace, with justice and without it.