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Courses in Area IV: Theology & Ethics
Theology
TH 500 Contemporary Theology

A critical study of recent and contemporary theologians with intention of examining their influence on central Christian doctrines. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 525 Doctrine of God

An exploration of various classical and contemporary issues in the Christian understanding of God. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 550 Christology

An investigation of basic issues and themes at work in the Christian interpretation of Jesus as the Christ. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 575 Ecclesiologies: Models & Practices of Church

A study of the nature, life, and practice of the church and its critical norm, the reign of God. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 600 Doctrine of the Spirit

A study of Christian doctrinal understandings of the Spirit, the historical contexts in which they were constructed, and how they are being embraced, critically challenged, and reformulated in our own time. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 625 Constructive Theology

An investigation of the systematic interconnected character of the major doctrines/symbols of the Christian faith. This course requires each student to write a constructive essay, or credo, expressing her or his understanding of those basic doctrines of the faith. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600, plus an additional advanced course in Theology approved by the area faculty. TE 625 is normally taken by MDiv students after the completion of 60 semester-hours.

TH 650 Reformed Theology

An historical and systematic review of major themes and issues in the Reformed theological tradition, from the Reformation to the present. Particular attention will be given to the history and confessional documents of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 675 Liberation Theology

An exploration of a variety of liberation theologies, their historical and theological contexts, and their relation to American cultures. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 700 Feminist Theology

A study of the rich variety of theological writings by feminists, womanists, and other liberationist women writers that has emerged since 1960 with a view toward assessing their critical and constructive import for Christian thought and practice. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 725 Comparative Theologians

A study of several theologians exploring a specific theme, doctrine, or genre. Selected figures may or may not be related to a specific socio-historical context. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 750 The Theology & Ethcis of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This course is an examination of the salient themes in the theology and ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr. Through careful reading of sermons, speeches, essays and books, students will identify and assess King’s theological and ethical understanding of concepts such as justice, freedom, love, human dignity and nonviolent protest, to name only a few. Particular attention will be given to King’s important leadership role in the Civil Rights movement and the ways this movement shaped and was shaped by his theology and ethics. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 775 Black & Womanist Theologies

An investigation of the major themes and methods of African-American theologians whose theological and ethical positions are grounded in the experience, concerns, and needs of Black people. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550 and PC 600.

TH 825 Theology & Autobiography

The course explores how and why the autobiographies of theologians are among their most compelling theological texts. Prerequisites:  PC 500, PC 550, and PC 600. May be repeated with different topics.

TH 880 Seminar in Theology

A seminar on a selected theological theme, theologian, or school of theology. May be repeated with different topics. Satisfies an advanced theology requirement for MDiv or MTS students. Prerequisites:  PC 550, and PC 600.

TH 990 Research in Theology

Advanced individual research on selected topics. Offered on request only to advanced students. Prerequisites:  PC 550, and PC 600.

Ethics
ET 525 Ethics, Culture & the Mission of the Church

A study of ethical reflection as a practice of cultural analysis. The churches’ mission in the world will be considered in relation to the ethical challenges presented by the new media, bioethics, globalization, religious pluralism, race, sexuality, and other issues. Prerequisites:  PC 550, PC 600, and PC 650.

ET 550 Theological Ethics

An exploration of moral decision making within a theological context. Attention will be given to the major schools of ethical theory, a range of case studies, and discussion of professional clergy ethics. Prerequisites:  PC 550, PC 600, and PC 650.

ET 575 Ministry & Medical Ethics

A consideration of issues in the field of medical ethics, including those related to the practice of ministry and to theological themes such as suffering, healing, hope, finitude, vulnerability, responsibility, community, moral reasoning, moral uncertainty, etc. Prerequisites:  PC 550, PC 600, and PC 650.

ET 880 Seminar in Ethics

An advanced seminar on a selected theological ethicist, problem, or theme in Christian ethics. Prerequisites:  PC 550, PC 600, and PC 650. May be repeated with different topics.

ET 900 Research in Ethics

Advanced individual research on selected issues in the field of ethics. Prerequisites:  PC 550, PC 600, and PC 650. Offered on request only to advanced students.

ET 900.02 Christian Peacemakers in Israel/Palestine
Christian peacemaker teams and other Christians volunteering as solidarity workers in the Middle East offer insights regarding the changing role of global missions. This ethics course explores political and religious dynamics in the United States that influence the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Students will review ethical issues and intersections with recent political struggles in the region. Congregations look to their pastors to sort out questions about the Middle East. This course prepares pastoral leaders to evaluate rhetoric and ethical issues in U.S. policy and theological debates concerning the Middle East.
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