Audit Program

Phillips Theological Seminary offers classes for no academic credit through an audit program. A limited number of auditors may be permitted in some courses, depending on course size and type.

Weekly On-Campus Courses: Aug 22 - Dec 09, 2022

Some courses may have prerequisites.

HC 502 History of Christianity I

On-Campus: Tuesdays
2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

This course is a survey of the development of the Christian church from the second century C.E. through the Middle Ages, examining the institutional history of the church as well as the theological developments in the church. Attention will be given to various theologians, theologies, and movements that shaped the period. The course highlights Christianity’s intellectual and cultural history with an emphasis on the church’s evolving relationship to political and social structures that allowed Christianity to be both a religion of protest and liberation as well as a religion of empire and conquest.

No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Briana Wong, Assistant Professor of the History of World Christianities

NT 500 Introduction to New Testament

On-campus: Tuesdays
8:30 am – 11:15 am 

An introduction to the writings of the New Testament, to the worlds from which they emerge, and to a range of interpretive methods or questions that interpreters might ask in making meaning of these texts.

No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Warren Carter, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament.

Online Courses: Aug 22 - Dec 09, 2022

Some courses may have prerequisites.

HB 500 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

Online: asynchronous

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Students will learn about the historical backgrounds of these texts as well as the process of their composition and canonization. The biblical materials will be approached from an academic/critical perspective with insights into how they might be used in different contemporary contexts.

No prerequisites.

Instructor: Lisa W. Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible.

AH 675 Philosophy and Psychology of Religion

Online: Video-Conferencing

Tuesdays, 2:30pm – 5:15 pm

This course introduces ministry students to foundational issues surrounding philosophical and psychological understandings of religious experience. More specifically, it equips students to examine cultural practices and beliefs through the lenses of phenomenology, psychoanalysis, and critical theory. Students are encouraged to reflect theologically on the relation between theory and practice in the philosophy and psychology of religion, with special attention to how race, gender, ability, and subject position shapes philosophical discourse on faith.

No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Peter Capretto, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care in Religion and Culture.

TH 500 Introduction to Christian Theology

Online: asynchronous

An introduction to the vocabulary, tasks, aims, and scope of theology, and various contextual methods and approaches to the discipline. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to identify, describe, classify, and evaluate influential theological arguments, as well as place those arguments in their historical context.

No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Sarah Morice Brubaker, Associate Professor of Christian Systematic Theology.

NT 825 New Testament Greek 1

Online: Video-Conferencing

Mondays and Thursdays 8:30 am – 9:45 am

An introduction to New Testament grammar and exegesis. Emphasis is placed on understanding the Greek text and how the Greek language affects the formation of the biblical message.

No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Warren Carter, LaDonna Kramer Meinders Professor of New Testament


Hybrid Courses: Aug 22 - Dec 09, 2022

Some courses may have prerequisites.

NT 880.01 Reading Race/Interpreting Scripture

Intensive: Sept 29-Oct 01 (Thursday – Saturday); Online Asynchronous (6 sessions)

The ways that people define race and racism play an integral role in their experiences and interpretation of reality and the world.  Frequently, one’s view of justice, liberation, theology, and community intersect within the convictions and constructs of racialized understandings.  These views of race inform, often unconsciously, how people interpret scripture and understand the presence of the divine in the world.  Through careful study of i) ancient geopolitical and ethno-racial difference, ii) scholarly approaches to ethno-racial and minority biblical hermeneutics, and iii) contemporary discourses on race, ethnicity, and racism, this course in New Testament exegesis will help students become more attentive to the ways that race and racism (within a US context) organize understandings of early Christianity and more proficient in drawing on discourses of race/racism to interpret Christian scriptures.

This course will meet on campus September 29 2:30pm-6:30pm, September 30-October 1  8:30am-5:00pm. This course will meet online the weeks of Aug 22-28; Aug 29-Sept 4; Sept 12-18; Oct 31-Nov 6; Nov 14-20; Dec 5-11.

Prerequisite: NT 500.

Instructor: Arthur Carter, Director of Black Church Studies and Assistant Professor of New Testament

Intensive Courses - Fall, 2022

Some courses may have prerequisites.

PL 675 Issues for Women in Christian Ministry

Sept 8-10; Oct 27-29 (Thursday – Saturday)

This course examines issues often encountered by women performing ministerial functions (e.g., preaching, teaching, counseling, managing conflict) and the gifts of leadership which women commonly bring to the pastoral role.

This course will meet on campus September 8 2:30pm-6:30pm, September 9-10 8:30am-5:00pm, October 27 2:30pm-6:30pm and October 228-29 8:30am-5:00pm.

No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Kathy McCallie, Associate Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Ethics

HB 600 Exegesis: 8th Century Prophets

Sept 22-24; Nov 10-12 (Thursday – Saturday)

This course consists of advanced exegetical study of Hebrew Bible writings and/or themes. Recent topics offered include: 8th Century Prophets, Psalms, and Job. It meets all Masters’ degree requirements for an advanced HB course. Students may repeat this course with different topics. Prerequisite: HB 500.

This course will meet on campus September 22 2:30pm-6:30pm, September 23-24 8:30am-5:00pm, November 10 2:30pm-6:30pm and November 11-12 8:30am-5:00pm.

Prerequisite: HB 500

Instructor: Lisa Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible

CE 540 Educating Through the Different Stages of Life

Sept 29 – Oct ; Dec 01-03 (Thursday – Saturday)

This first level course will explore cognitive, moral, and faith changes that often happens throughout the life span and will engage questions concerning teaching and learning through the human lifespan and multiple styles of learning. Students will examine burgeoning research on brain and cognitive development, qualitative research on how one’s culture aids one in the forming of their reality, and work on how faith is understood at different stages of life in different contexts. Students will have the opportunity to design and practice teaching lessons for specific age groups.

No Prerequisites.

This course will meet on campus September 29 2:30pm-6:30pm, September 30-October 1  8:30am-5:00pm, December 01 2:30pm-6:30pm and December 02-03 8:30am-5:00pm.

No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, Associate Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology

PR 880 Seminar in Preaching: Prophetic Preaching

Intensive: October 17-21 (Monday-Friday)

This course will explore the theoretical and practical contours of prophetic proclamation. This course is designed to help students understand their own commitments to the prophetic as they develop the abilities and skills necessary to deliver impactful and engaging sermons. The course addresses three important ideas (1) What is prophetic preaching? (2) What are critical components in prophetic preaching? (3) Who are key figures we can look to as important examples of this practice? The class will include readings, lectures, video presentations, discussions, individual, group and class exercises, as well as performance training and preaching practice.

This course will meet on campus October 17-21  8:30am – 5:00pm.

No Prerequisites.

Instructor: Chelsea Yarborough, Assistant Professor of African American Preaching, Sacred Rhetoric, and Black Practical Theology

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