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Theology

THEO 501F

Western Theology, Ethics and Social Philosophy, Theology

S. Mark Heim

This course is an introduction to classical concepts and streams in traditional Western thought, with particular emphasis upon social philosophy, ethics and theology. Over the semester we deal with influential texts of this tradition. The course is designed to provide a general background that will serve the student in further work in Scripture, theology, ethics and church history.

Syllabus

Fall - Tuesday 6:00 - 8:50 p.m.

THEO 611F

Systematic Theology I, Theology

S. Mark Heim

This course offers an examination of the main theological themes, doctrines, and/or symbols of the Christian faith and their interrelationships in classical formulation and contemporary reconstruction. The nature, architecture and sources of theology, theological method, God, Creation, Humanity, Sin, and the Problem of Evil and Suffering
will be considered. This course fulfills the THEO introduction requirement. No prerequisite, but some Bible and history is helpful.

Limit: 40

Syllabus

Fall - Thursday 9:00 - 11:50 a.m.

THEO 712F

Screening Theology: Theological Reflection In and Through Film, Theology, Ministry and Public LifeWorship, Theology and the ArtsTheology

Benjamin Valentin

Highlighting the possibility and potential of a relevant theology of culture, this course explains the ways in which recent Hollywood movies can be used as resources to think about and even to think over the meanings of key theological concepts such as ideas of God, human nature, sin, Christ, redemption, and eschatology. Through lectures, reading materials, the viewing of movies, and class discussion, students will be encouraged to consider how an appreciative and critical engagement with popular culture can allow for a relevant and contemporary practical theology. This course fulfills the THEO upper-level requirement, or WOTA or TMPL requirement.

Syllabus

Fall - Tuesday 2:00 - 4:50 p.m.

THEO 743F

Deciphering the Theological Vocation: Ways of Knowing and Doing Theology, HistoryTheologyEthics and Social Justice

Benjamin Valentin

This course journeys to the heart of the following question: what is the nature of theology and what are its tasks? The course will examine four prominent understandings of and approaches to theology—hermeneutical, experiential, correlational, and reconstructivist—with a view to helping students understand the nature and tasks of theology as a discipline. In dialogue with prominent theologians of the 20th and 21st century, such as Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, James Cone, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Sallie McFague, and Gordon Kaufman, students will consider the implications of these conceptions for the vocation of the theologian in the church, academy, and civil society. This course fulfills the upper-level elective in HIST/THEO/ETHI.

Syllabus

Fall - Tuesday 9:00 - 11:50 a.m.

THEO 789-790

Directed Study in Theology, Theology

Hours and course credits to be arranged. Permission of professor required.

M.A. and M.Div. candidates only.

Fall -

THEO 889-890

Directed Study in Theology, Theology

Hours and course credits to be arranged. Permission of professor required.

S.T.M. and D.Min. candidates only.

Fall -

THEO 989-990

Directed Study in Theology, Theology

Hours and course credits to be arranged. Permission of professor required.

Ph.D. candidates only.

Fall -


Key to Course Listings

Key Description
EL "EL" following a course description indicates an E-Learning course.
F "F" following a course number indicates a course offered during Fall semester.
S "S" following a course number indicates a course offered during Spring semester.
W "W" following a course number indicates a course offered during Winter Session in January.
J "J" following a course number indicates a course offered during June.
Y
"Y" following a course number indicates a yearlong course. Students must register each semester for year-long courses.

This listing is subject to change. Continue to check the school's eb site, www.ants.edu, for current information about course listings, times and dates. All courses, including Church and Ministry Department courses, are now offered for 3 credits. Only students following the pre-2001 M.Div. curriculum may elect to take courses for other than 3 credits. Unless otherwise noted, courses are generally limited to 55 students.


Levels of Instruction

Level Description
500 Language courses or introductory courses meeting departmental requirements for either the M.Div. or the M.A. degree.
600 Meet departmental requirements for the M.Div., unless otherwise indicated, or program requirements for the M.A.
700 For advanced M.Div. and M.A. students with either background in an area or prerequisites completed. These courses meet some departmental upper-level elective requirements for the M.Div.
800 Primarily for D.Min. and S.T.M. students, although a limited number of seniors with the appropriate background may enroll with the instructor's permission.

 

Dual-numbered courses-e.g., [HIST 725/825] - indicate courses that serve more than one level. Students should register for the level appropriate to their program needs.

Example: an M.Div. or M.A. student would register for HIST 725, but an S.T.M. or D.Min. student would register for HIST 825.