Theology

 

SYS6000 Systematic Theology I: Thinking Theologically

Professor

Elaine Elizabeth Belz

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Foundations in Systematic Theology I is the first of a two part course series. STI focuses on theological thinking in conversation in our traditions, our local communities, and the broader world, while beginning to survey out the doctrinal and historical terrain. Systematic Theology II focuses on mapping doctrines and their histories, while continuing to develop the skills necessary for responsible, life-giving, and faithful theological thinking.

Theology  ⁄  Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity, Certificate in Theological Studies

SYS6100 Systematic Theology II: Doctrines

Professor

Elaine Elizabeth Belz

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Systematic Theology II is the second of a two-part course series. Systematic Theology I focuses on theological thinking in conversation in our traditions, our local communities, and the broader world, while beginning to survey out the doctrinal and historical terrain. Systematic Theology II maps Christian doctrines and their histories in relation to contemporary theological conversations, while developing the skills necessary for responsible, life-giving, and faithful theological thinking. These courses can be taken in any order.

Theology  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYS7001 Christology & Culture

Professor

James Perkinson

Professor of Ethics and Systematic Theology

This course looks at the way culture was adapted by Jesus to galvanize a peasant resistance movement in Palestine, how the creativity went urban and outlaw under Paul, became bardic and monastic with the Iris, adopted griot features in slavery, shamanic savvy in Brazil, guru-wiles in India, and continues to twist domination into vitality and defiance under the beats and braggadocio of hip-hop today. We will plunge deeply into gospel culture to catch sight of Christology’s powers of folk liberation and probe the possibilities of re-reading the Jesus tradition prophetically today to address white-on-black violence, ruthless gentrification, and apocalyptic climate change.

Theology  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYS7002 Theology in a Multicultural Context

Professor

Tony Curtis Henderson

Associate Professor of Practical Theology

Theology  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYS7003 Theology, Ecology, and Spirituality

Professor

James Perkinson

Professor of Ethics and Systematic Theology

This course will explore issues in life and ministry through the integrated lenses of theology, ecology and spirituality.

Theology  ⁄  Certificate in Theological Studies, Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYS7004 Womanist Theology

Professor

Constance Simon

Assistant Professor of Christian Education

Theology  ⁄  Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYS7005 Doctrines of Salvation

Professor

Elaine Elizabeth Belz

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Theology  ⁄  Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity

SYST7101 Reformed Presbyterian Theology

Professor

Allen Timm

Adjunct Professor

Designed primarily to assist students from Presbyterian and Reformed Churches to prepare for their ordination trials, this course will review some key theological principles from the perspective of the Reformed faith. Readings will include historic Reformed confessional statements, some of the works of John Calvin, and a survey of a variety of Reformed theologians’ works.

Theology  ⁄ 

SYST7102 Theology of Bonhoeffer

Professor

Randall D. Engle

Adjunct Professor

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, author, political critic and Lutheran minister, stands as one of the great theologians and ethicists of the twentieth century. With courage even to the point of death, he acted with conviction to counter the rise and power of Nazi Germany. Indeed, he is aptly called the “prophet of the holocaust.” He devoted his life to the cause of justice and peace and ultimately risked his life in an assassination plot against Adolf Hitler, an action for which he was apprehended and executed. This intensive traces his life, times, ethical vision and moral lessons. As we explore central themes of his life experience, theology and ethics such as ‘religionless Christianity’ and ‘costly grace’ though lecture, documentary, and discussion, we will apply these lessons to our current world situation and the demands of ministry. The course focuses on Bonhoeffer’s own words and writing including The Cost of Discipleship and selections from his Letters from Prison. Christiane Tietz’s Theologian of Resistance: The Life and Thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer provides biographical context.

Theology  ⁄  Master of Arts (Academic), Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, Master of Divinity, Certificate in Theological Studies

UM107 Theology in Context

Professor

Elaine Elizabeth Belz

Adjunct Professor of Theology

This course introduces the student to the complex world of theological thought and theory. The purpose of the course is to help the student learn how to do theology with his/her context in view.

Theology  ⁄  Urban Ministry Diploma

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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