- 1 Department of Systematic Theology
- 2 Department of Ancient Languages
- 3 Department of Old Testament Studies
- 4 Department of New Testament Studies
- 5 Department of Church History
- 6 Department of Patristics
- 7 Department of Moral Theology and Ethics
- 8 Department of Canon Law
- 9 Department of Philosophical Theology
- 10 Department of Liturgical Theology and the Arts
- 11 Department of Practical Theology
- 12 Department of Religion
Department of Systematic Theology
Theology 101 INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODOXY
History, faith, and worship of the Orthodox church; survey including Ecumenical Councils, Great Schism, tradition, sacraments, image and likeness, Body of Christ, free will, deification and prayer; some attention will be given to the various branches of the Orthodox Church, indicating theological and liturgical variations and relationships among the sister churches, Eastern and Oriental; attitude toward churches outside of Orthodoxy.
Theology 103 KNOWING AND GOD THE FATHER
Ways of knowing; human nature involves a knowledge of God; theology of God the Father; Orthodox epistemology; connection between knowledge of God and human transformation; via negativa and via positiva; theosis and agnosia, gnosiology, Plotinus, Denis, divine gnosis et. al.
Theology 106 GOD THE SON AND HOLY SPIRIT
Trinitarian theology with particular emphasis on God the Son and God the Holy Spirit; biblical and patristic traditions; relationship of the Holy Trinity to Christian anthropology; three hypostases, uncreated energies, creation from nothing; consubstantiality, homoousios; Unitarianism, Tritheism, divine names and attributes, the incarnation, work of the Holy Spirit in the Church.
Please note that those students who took Theology 201, 203, 206 on the undergraduate level are required, when taking these courses on the graduate level, to submit two short book reports or one extended book report in addition to the required term paper.
Theology 251 NATURAL THEOLOGY
Same as Philosophy 403
Theology 252 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
Same as Philosophy 402
Theology 302 INTRODUCTION AND THE TRINITY
Nature and task of theology; theology and the church; Christian gnosiology; silence, concepts, words and images; tradition and scripture, biblical exegesis and dogmatics; theology with relationship to liturgy and spirituality; asceticism, mysticism, Church Fathers, councils, canons, icons; theology and oikonomia of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; the communion of the divine persons with each other and with the world; Trinitarian foundation of reality; origins, development and complexities of Trinitarian doctrine in biblical and patristic tradition; creation, angels. Consideration of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica as a norm from which to compare contemporary thought.
Theology 303 CHRISTOLOGY AND PNEUMATOLOGY
Christ as “form of God” and “form of Servant;” two energies, two wills; duality and unity in Christ; redemption, resurrection; concerning man; the person of God-man Redeemer; redemptive work of the Saviour; grace, humanity of Jesus Christ; Mariology; modern Christological reconstruction; activity of the Holy Spirit; manifestation and work as it relates to Christ’s salvific work and His role in the life of the church; proclamation of the Word and celebration of sacraments; Aquinas’ Summa Theologica as a reference point.
Theology 401 THE CHURCH
Established by Christ; invisible institution through which takes place the redemption of mankind; visible institution; Church in the New Testament; historical forms and basic structure of the church; Church and Kingdom of God; Christian eschatology; writings of Fathers; medieval, modern and contemporary notions of the Church.
Theology 402 THE SACRAMENTS
Justifying and sanctifying divine Grace which abides in the Church is administered by the Church to the people by means of the Holy Mysteries which are divinely instituted ceremonies which deliver, by invisible means, and mysteriously transmit invisible Grace; theology of each sacrament is considered according to the light of patristic, medieval, modern and contemporary thought.
Theology 820 THE EUCHARIST: SYMBOL AND REALITY
Anthropology of symbol as a basis for understanding the Eucharist; phenomenology of meal as a further basis for understanding the Eucharist; meal in the Old Testament; selected Eucharistic themes in the New Testament; changing attitudes toward the Eucharist as illustrated in the art and architecture of different periods; current issues in eucharistic theology, “real presence,” sacrifice and intercommunion.
Theology 821 SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY: FORGIVENESS & RECONCILIATION
Theology of forgiveness and reconciliation in the Old and New Testament and through the history of Christian dogma as it emerges as a sacrament in the church; pastoral dimensions of penance, forgiveness and reconciliation as part of the community’s need for growth.
Theology 822 SACRAMENT OF INITIATION
Anthropological dimensions of Initiation; initiation in the early church; breakdown in the unity of the initiation sacraments; Christian initiation now: the norm, Christian initiation of adults; infant baptism-Christian without choice? Confirmation – completion of baptism, chrismation; first communion as a sacrament of initiation; initiation into the married community; initiation into the ordained ministry.
Theology 823 ECCLESIOLOGY
Examination of the meaning of the Church in historical and contemporary theology; the question, “Who are the people of God?” will be investigated in the light of the works of current theologians.
Theology 824 THEOLOGY OF ATONEMENT
Survey of the theories of atonement from the early church to contemporary: Athanasius, Gregory of Nyssa, Anselm, Abelard, Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher, Hegel, McLeod, Ritschl, Barth, Tillich et al.
Theology 825 RESURRECTION THEOLOGY
Treatment of Jesus’ resurrection by major contemporary exegetes and systematic theologians; Marxsen, Pannenberg, Pesch, Rahner, Schillebeeckx et al.
Theology 826 PROBLEM OF FAITH
Contemporary problem of belief; atheistic humanism; toward a Christian anthropology; Christian theological anthropology; unbelief; transcendental malaise; Christian-humanist dialogue; Christian faith and the future of man as believer.
Theology 827 PLURALISM IN THEOLOGY
Critique and evaluation of major schools of thought and conceptual frameworks that lie at the root of the principal theological approaches in contemporary Catholic theology; phenomenology, process thought, structuralism, existentialism, transcendental Thomism and analytic philosophy as they have a bearing and impact on the work of leading theologians.
Theology 828 THEOLOGY AND PHYSICS
Relationship of theology to current science; second law of thermodynamics; relativity; quantum world and models of God for an ecological, evolutionary age.
Theology 829 WOMEN AND CHRISTIAN TRADITIION
Women in Biblical-Christian tradition; theologies of creation and redemption; priesthood and leadership; the Marian tradition; religious orders of women; influence of patriarchal societal norms of theology.
Theology 830 ISSUES IN FEMINIST THEOLOGY
Developing criteria for theologies that reflect women’s experience; examining selected lines of criticism that feminist theologians have begun to develop; analyzing tensions within various women’s theological perspectives.
Theology 831A THEOLOGY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
Survey of the specifically more theological works of St. Augustine as distinguished, whenever possible, from philosophical works; emphasis will be on Augustine’s theological development of various issues; some consideration of Augustinian influence on subsequent theological thought.
Theology 831 B THEOLOGY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
Continuation of Theology 831A
Theology 832A THEOLOGY OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Reading exclusively in his theological writings dealing with the areas of dogma; contemporary influence. Summa Theologica as major text.
Theology 832 B THEOLOGY OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Continuation of Theology 832A
Theology 833 JONATHAN EDWARDS
Same as Philosophy 342 except that theology students should add:
Attention to Edwards’ attempt at a restatement of Reformed perspective in the context of his own age; idea of faith as a “sense of the heart” and his conception of God and the world, of Christ and the Christian life as essentially relational, dynamic and beautiful.
Theology 834 SCHLEIERMACHER
Same as Philosophy 347 except that theology students should add
Critical reading of his sermons as a Reformed Pastor, his Speeches to religion’s “cultured despisers” and his theological system in the Christian Faith; contemporary uses of Schleiermacher and to his social and political context in nineteenth century Germany through which he influenced the theological writings of Hegel, Biedermann, Ritschl, Hermann, Troeltsch. Barthian reaction.
Theology 835 RITSCHLIAN SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY
Survey of prominent members of the Rischlian School: Albrecht, Ritschl, Hermann, Harnack, Kaftan, Kattenbusch, and Troeltsch; consideration to rejection of metaphysics; Christocentrism; justification and reconciliation; the idea of the kingdom of God; debates over theological and historical method and over apolegetics.
Theology 836A KARL BARTH
Early writings; beginnings of dialectical theology as expressed in Barthian writings prior to 1932 and in selections in Church Dogmatics, Vol. I, Parts 1 and 2; “The Doctrine of the Word of God.” Socialism, ministry, ethics, Harnack, critical historical method, revelation.
Theology 836B KARL BARTH
Trinitarian doctrine; critical response to Barth’s trinitarianism in recent theology; his attach on “religion” and “natural theology;” Christocentric interpretation of Bible and reconstruction of church doctrines; his description of Christian life as the practice of the freedom of the gospel; his mature theology; logic and selected content of his interpretation of Word of God, creation, and reconciliation; Church Dogmatics.
Theology 837 PAUL TILLICH
Reading of his sytematic theology; consideration to his theology of culture, religious dimension, Being, and Christ as New Being.
Theology 838A DOCUMENTS OF VATICAN II
Survey of the Church documents coming forth from Vatican II. Student will be able to focus also on a specific area of scholarly interest.
Theology 838B CATHOLIC THEOLOGIANS: :VATICAN II AND AFTER
Survey of major Roman Catholic theologians from the time of Vatican II and later; Rahner, Schillebeeckx, Congar, Dulles, Tracy, King.
Theology 839 KARL RAHNER
Basic theological ideas; philosophical stance; metaphysics of knowledge; transcendental anthropology; theological method; main theological teachings with reference to God, Christ, Church, sacraments and eschatology.
Theology 840 EDWARD SCHILLEBEECKX
Systematic theology with particular attention to his recent writings on Christology.
Theology 841 HANS KUNG
Major writings regarding God, Trinity, Christ, and the Church and other topics.
Theology 842A ANGLICAN THEOLOGY
Brief historical background; readings in Anglican theology with an understanding of its development; similarities and differences with theologies of other churches.
Theology 842B ANGLICAN THEOLOGY
Continuation of Theology 842A
Theology 843A LUTHERAN THEOLOGY
Biblical authority; justification and sanctification, person and work of Christ, doctrine of two kingdoms (social ethics); historical and theological study of Luther’s doctrine of the “Word of God” and of the sacraments (Baptism and Eucharist); preaching, liturgy; commentaries, catechisms, theological treatises, Lutheran confessional theology; Harmonia Confessionum 1581; authority of confessions: Book of Concord.
Theology 843 B LUTHERAN THEOLOGY
Continuation of Theology 843A
Theology 844A PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGY
History and foundation of the church; theological tenents; Book of Confessions: current development; John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion: readings in the Institutes, Commentaries and Treatises.
Theology 844B PRESBYTERIAN THEOLOGY
Continuation of Theology 844A
Theology 845A METHODIST THEOLOGY
History and development; theological teachings; current theological development and institutional reforms.
Theology 845 B METHODIST THEOLOGY
Continuation of Theology 845
Theology 846A BAPTIST THEOLOGY
History and development; theological teachings; current theological development and institutional reforms.
Theology 846B BAPTIST THEOLOGY
Continuation of Theology 846A
Theology 847A UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST THEOLOGY
History and development; theological teachings; current theological development and insitutional reforms.
Theology 847B UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST THEOLOGY
continuation of Theology 847A
Theology 848A UNITARIAN-UNIVERSALIST THEOLOGY
History and development,; theological teachings; current theological development and institutional reforms.
Theology 848B UNITARAN-UNIVERSALIST THEOLOGY
Continuation of Theology 848A
Theology 849A DISCIPLES OF CHRIST THEOLOGY
History and develoopment; theological teachings; current theological development and institutional reforms.
Theology 849B DISCIPLES OF CHRIST THEOLOGY
Continuation of Theology 849A
Theology 850A REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA THEOLOGY
Review of Book of Church Order, Standard of Unity in their theological context, history and mission.
Theology 850B REFORMED CHURCH IN AMERICA THEOLOGY
Continuation of Theology 850A
Theology 866 HERMENEUTICS IN THEOLOGY
Hermeneutical theory in current Christian theology, primarily as it has been influenced by works of Gadamar, Habermas, Ricoeur and varieties of literary criticism; survey of theological hermeneutics in contemporary theologies.
Theology 867 METHODOLOGY IN THEOLOGY
Construction of theories and doctrine rooted in the origins of knowledge and imagination; methodology in the post-modern era; metaphor and naural science explanation; possibility of a realist construct of theories in systematic theology.
Theology 868 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 869 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Department of Ancient Languages
Theology 263 BASIC HEBREW
Introduction to Hebrew grammar; reading of selected Old Testament passages; no knowledge of Hebrew is presupposed.
Theology 670 BIBLICAL HEBREW
This course presupposes some elementary awareness of classical Hebrew; elements of Hebrew phonology, morphology, and syntasx with exegesis in reading and writing Hebrew.
Prerequisite: Theology 263
Theology 671 INTERMEDIATE HEBREW READING
Readings in biblical prose with emphasis on syntax and introduction to certain grammatical phenomena; readings in Genesis, Jonah and Ruth. Prerequisite: Theology 670.
Theology 672 ADVANCED HEBREW READING
Readings in biblical prose and poetry. Prerequisite: Theology 671
Theology 674 ARAMAIC GRAMMAR AND READING
Introduction to Aramaic grammar; reading of Aramaic portions of the Old Testament, and as time allows, of selected targums and papyri. Prerequisite: Theology 670
Theology 264 BASIC GREEK
Intensive introduction to New Testament Greek; a systematic study of Greek grammar with illustrations from St. John’s Gospel. No previous knowledge of Greek is presupposed.
Theology 676 NEW TESTAMENT GREEK
Elements of New Testament Greek with emphasis upon the mastery of forms, basic vocabulary, and syntax;; readings of selected portions of the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: Theology 264.
Theology 677 TRANSLATION FROM THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT
Designed to enable students to acquire and maintain proficiency in the reading of Greek prose, with emphasis on the building of vocabulary; extensive readings in the Gospel of St. John. Prerequisite: Theology 676.
Theology 678 TRANSLATING THE SEPTUAGINT
Translation of selected passages from the Septuagint, including both the Greek Old Testament and Apocrypha, Psalms, Prophets, Wisdom literature, historical books. Prerequisite: Theology 676.
Theology 679 PATRISTIC GREEK
Survey of writings from the Greek Fathers with emphasis on St. Athanasius, St. Basil, and St. Gregory the Theologian. Prerequisite: Theology 676.
Theology 681 BASIC SYRIAC
Theology 682 INTERMEDIATE SYRIAC
Theology 683 ADVANCED SYRIAC
Theology 312 BASIC LATIN
Survey of the declensions and conjugations of the Latin language; study of basic and fundamental grammar; use of passages from the Latin Church Fathers to illustrate syntax; this course presupposes no previous knowledge of Latin.
Theology 685 INTERMEDIATE LATIN
Study of more advanced grammar and extensive vocabulary; translation into the venacular from the classical authors, Caesar, Cicero, Virgil and others in order to illustrate grammatical usage. Prerequisite Theology 312.
Theology 686 LATIN CHURCH FATHERS
Extensive translations from a survey of the Latin Church Fathers. Prerequisite: Theology 685.
Theology 687 MEDIEVAL LATIN
Extensive translations of many philosophers and theologians from the early Middle Ages through the Renaissance; exposure to various styles of writing; some time will be spent with later philosophical and theological texts, so as to provide familiarity to the student; translation in part of one current papal document; translation of a few canons of the Code of Canon Law. Prerequisite: Theology 685
Theology 688 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 689 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Department of Old Testament Studies
Theology 253 INTRODUCTION AND OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY
Theory of interpretation, methodological challenges, later historical consciousness, hermeneutics, historical-critical methods, structuralism, deconstruction, canonical analysis. History of ancient Israel with a survey of the development and growth of Old Testament literature; study of the first five books of the Old Testament and the Histories.
Theology 254 OLD TESTAMENT HISTORY AND PROPHETS
Survey of the historical background and setting for the prophets; the prophetic movement in ancient Israel; study of the prophets and their major teachings; Amos,Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezechiel; origin and development of prophecy in ancient Israel and the witness and message of major prophets against their contemporary religious, social and political background.
Theology 304 OLD TESTAMENT AND WISDOM LITERATURE
Psalms and Wisdom writings of Israel especially the Book of Job, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes; definition, provenance, and scope of wisdom; nature and character of wisdom literature; problem in exegesis of such texts; place of wisdom in canon and in Old Testament.
Theology 690 GENESIS
Multiple sources of text and the meaning of the present composite text.
Theology 691 EXODUS
Various traditions in Exodus will be examined exegetically, theologically, and hermeneutically.
Theology 692 DEUTERONOMY
Examination of major theories concerning the composition history of the deuteronomistic history from Noth to present.
Theology 693 OLD TESTAMENT NARRATIVES
Exegesis of Joseph story, Genesis 37-50, Ruth, Jonas, Esther, Pentateuch and the history of Deuteronomy.
Theology 694 OLD TESTAMENT AND COVENANT
Covenant expresses the relationship between God and humanity; examination of the meaning in the setting of Near-Eastern covenants.
Theology 695 BOOKS OF SAMUEL
Critical study of Samuel with emphasis on literary issues of compositional and redaction history.
Theology 696 PROPHECY IN ISRAEL
A survey of critical and current approaches; readings from Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah; narratives from Samuel and Kings.
Theology 697 ISAIAH
Understanding the prophetic tradition; exegesis of Isaiah, chapters 1-12 and 36-66; call of Isaiah as key to understanding the prophet’s message; subsequent redactional layers of Isaiah tradition used as application of prophet’s message to later generations; Davidic, Zion, and holy war tradition; wisdom movement.
Theology 698 DEUTERO-ISAIAH: THEOLOGY AND EXEGESIS
Deutero-Isaiah’s originality in utilizing Israel’s traditions; monotheism, creation, redemption, election, universalism, word of God in history, servant of the Lord; literary techniques; detailed exegesis of selected passages.
Theology 699 JEREMIAH
Call of Jeremiah in chapter one as central; relationship of Jeremiah’s message to Deuteronomic reform; tension between prophetic word of God and priestly temple teaching.
Theology 700 EZEKIEL
Call of Ezekiel in chapters 1-3, provides central insight into prophets’s message; beginning of Judaism’s concept of God as the universal God; Ezekiel’s new understanding of Israel’s past in view of emerging universal monotheism.
Theology 701 JOB
Theological and philosophical implications; motifs, genres, literary structure; parallel motifs in ancient Near Eastern writings.
Theology 702 PROPHECY AFTER THE EXILE
Examination of post-exilic prophecy in Judah e.g. Third Isaiah, Haggai, Zachariah; from prophecy to apocalyptic.
Theology 703 ECCLESIASTES
Exegesis; thematic tensions in the work; consideration of historical setting and literary devices Theology 704 PSALMS
Interpretation of the Psalms; place in the life, liturgy and theology of the Jewish community; Hebrew original and Septuagint version.
Theology 705 TOBIT
The book’s original language, structure, Greek recensions, historical framework, literary forms; exegesis of selected passages and discussion of theological themes.
Theology 706 OLD TESTAMENT AND THE NEAR EAST
Exploration of the ancient religious world which was the matrix of biblical faith and the manner of shaping; epigraphic and non-epigraphic remains in historical reconstruction.
Theology 707 JUDAISM IN THE ANCIENT WORLD
Survey of ancient Jewish history in the second temple and rabbinic periods; interaction of Judaism with its host cultures; development of Judaism from temple-centered, priestly led cultic system to a law-centered, rabbinically-led religious system.
Theology 708 OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY
Problem and method of Old Testament theology; detailed study of select ideas; covenant; names and nature of God; priesthood, kingship, exchatology, divine revelation; creation and redemption; human beings and God; angels, sin and forgiveness.
Theology 709 RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE OF ISRAEL
Understanding God and the divine world, sacred time and space; sacrifice and offering; magic and divination; religious leadership; inclusivity and exclusivity; prayer and piety; sacred word; death and after-life.
Theology 710 WOMEN IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Theology 716 CRITIQUE OF OLD TESTAMENT THEOLOGY
Methodological challenges of post-enlightment historical consciousness and how this bears upon Old Testament traditions and the faith of Israel
Theology 717 OLD TESTAMENT: TEXTUAL CRITICISM
Biblical hermeneutics both classical and recent approaches; interpretative investigations, structualism, deconstruction, reader response, canonical analysis; historical-critical methods of exegesis, history of the ancient text
Theology 718 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 719 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Department of New Testament Studies
Theology 305 SYNOPTIC GOSPELS
Formation of synoptic tradition; insights of form and redaction criticism; Jesus’ authority and understanding of his mission; detailed examination of the titles of Christ, Son of Man, suffering Servant, Prophet; Jesus as revealed in parables and miracles; Christ, the Kingdom of God and the Church; St. Mark, function of Christology, apocalyptic, kingdom of God, discipleship; exegesis of Gospel of St. Matthew; theological purpose, attention to tradition and historical context, discipleship and life in community.
Theology 405 SCRIPTURES OF ST. JOHN
Exegetical study of the Fourth Gospel with emphasis upon narrative structure and theological implications; the person and work of Christ; Johannine foundation of Trinitarian theology; the Spirit Paraclete; truth and heresy in Johannine community; Christology and ecclesiology. Consideration of Johannine epistles. Book of Revelation: its structure, use of symbols, vision of God and Christ; historical setting of book; original intentions.
Theology 406 EPISTLES
Study of central aspects and themes in Pauline mission and thought such as the Damascus experience, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Church, Law and new creation; First and Second Corinthians: nature of apostolic preaching and authority, community life; Galatians: faith and works, Abraham and the Law; three fold outcome of Baptism; believer’s adoption by God; Philippians, Colossians, Philemon, Ephesians: Christological hymns, kenosis, incarnation, Christ as the head of the old and new creation, problem of slavery and life in Christ; Romans: one Gospel of both Jews and Gentiles.
Theology 720 SURVEY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
Consideration to the historical and religious background of early Christianity, Judaism and the Greco-Roman world; Patristic vision of scriptures; modern biblical criticism.
Theology 721 ST. MATTHEW’S GOSPEL
Exegesis using the Greek texts and English translations; Chrysostom’s homilies and contemporary commentary; sources, structure, ecclesiology and theology.
Theology 722 ST. MARK’S GOSPEL
Literary and theological study based on Greek and English text; functions of Christology, apocalyptic, the kingdom of God and discipleship; historical-critical and modern literary methods.
Theology 723 ST. LUKE’S GOSPEL
Theology 724 ST. JOHN’S GOSPEL
Exegesis using Greek texts and English translations; Chrysostom’s homilies and contemporary commentary; emphasis upon narrative structure and theological implications; Johannine Christology and eschatology.
Theology 725 ACTS OF THE APOSTLES
Exegesis of selected passages from the Acts with attention to the interweaving of narrative and theology; review of recent Luke -Acts research and investigation with selected issues of literary analysis, theological interpretation and historical reconstruction.
Theology 726 ST. PAUL
Main aspects and themes of St. Paul’s mission and thought; Damascus experience, Christ, Holy Spirit, Church, Law and new creation.
Theology 727 EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS
Exegesis with Greek text and English translation; Chrysostom’s homilies and contemporary commentary; literary and historical questions as a means for engaging theological problems; role of Abraham and Christ; Law and Gospel; one Gospel of Jews and Gentiles; Jews refusal of the Gospel.
Theology 728 FIRST EPISTLE TO CORINTHIANS
Exegesis with Greek text and English translation; Chrysostom’s homilies and contemporary analysis; social historical, social scientific and literary study; isolation of and impetus behind different Christian responses to the world; purpose of Christian prophecy ; Paul’s authority and situation in Corinth; pastoral response to problem of Corinthian community; Church community in function of the Lordship of Christ.
Theology 729 SECOND EPISTLE TO CORINTHIANS
Reading and exegesis; English and Greek; Paul’s apostleship and its relationship to the Gospel.
Theology 730 EPISTLE TO THE GALATIANS
Reading and exegesis; consideration of literary genre; historical situation and significance of its liberation theme; relationship between “faith and works,” Abraham and the Law; meaning of the three-fold outcome of baptism; believer’s adoption by God with out circumcision.
Theology 731 CAPTIVITY EPISTLES
Reading and exegesis; English and Greek; study of Philipians, Colossians, Philemon and Ephesians; Christological hymns, kenosis and incarnation; Christ as head of the old and new creation; slavery; life in Christ, Church images and Body, Household of God, Temple of God, Bride of Christ.
Theology 732 PASTORAL EPISTLES
Letters of Timothy and Titus; historical and linguistic problems of authorship, setting and their place as documents in early Christianity.
Theology 733 EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS
Exegesis with Greek text and English translation; Chrysostom’s homilies and contemporary commentary; theological consideration; authorship and destination.
Theology 734 EPISTLES OF ST. JOHN
Examination of selected problems in Johannine research; method in literary analysis; historical reconstruction and interpretation; English and Greek texts; consideration of the cultural milieu in which the work arose; author, order, circumstances; theological significance.
Theology 735 BOOK OF REVELATION
Exegesis with Greek text and English translation; Chrysostom’s homilies; modern commentary; options for historical setting; original intentions and relation of Johannine writings to the New Testament.
Theology 736 NEW TESTAMENT & DEAD SEA SCROLLS
History, theology of Essenes, Qumran archeology; Dead Sea Scrolls and origins of Christianity; Jesus, Acts, Paul, John’s Gospel and Hebrews; palaeography and theology; scrolls may be read from photographs.
Theology 737 NARRATIVE APPROACHES TO GOSPELS
Theories of narrative and literary criticism applied to Gospel texts; examination and analysis of different approaches.
Theology 738 SYNOPTIC GOSPELS & MIRACLES
Miracle stories examined from tradition and form-critical analysis; this becomes the foundation for evaluation of theological significance of miracle stories; comparison to Jewish and Hellenistic miracle stories.
Theology 739 LIFE & IDEAS OF JESUS OF NAZARETH
What can we know reliably about Jesus’ life and essential message; contemporaneous Jewish literature, archeological research, detailed analysis of specific New Testament texts; “Historical Jesus.” Major events and sayings in Jesus’ life are subjected to scrutiny from historical-critical viewpoint.
Theology 740 RESURRECTION AND NEW TESTAMENT
Consideration of narratives about Jesus’ resurrection; distinct forms of theological appropriation of resurrection for Christian faith.
Theology 741 PSEUDEPIGRAPHIA
Consideration of Jewish and early Christian texts from about 250 B.C. to A.D. 200; English translation will be used with consideration to Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Coptic, Greek, and Latin texts.
Theology 742 NEW TESTAMENT AND CHURCH
Formation and development of the Church in the apostolic age; religious, cultural and sociological milieu from which the Church developed; Judaism, Gnosticism; church structure, ministry, bishop, priest, deacon; sacramental theology and liturgy.
Theology 743 JOSEPHUS
Reading of selections from Antiquities and Jewish Wars with attention to passages providing background to New Testament literature and the Essene community.
Theology 744 SCRIPTURE AND PATRISTICS
Consideration of basic themes, spiritual life, kingdom, repentance, union with Christ, warfare against sin and suffering.
Theology 745 WOMEN IN NEW TESTAMENT
Reading of the New Testament passages dealing with specific and unnamed women and women in general; various images used; contemporaneous early Christian and secular documents on women; Jesus’ sayings, miracle, parables; position of women in Christian community at Jerusalem; Paul and the position of women in the growth of “house-churches;” baptism, equality, subordination, and distinction of sexes, ethical codes in the home.
Theology 746 APOCALYPTIC THEMES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
Consideration of period from second century B.C. through first century A.D.; apocalyptic movement in Palestine; theological and literary dimensions; readings in Daniel, I & II Thessalonians, Mark 13 and Revelation.
Theology 758 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 759 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Department of Church History
Theology 104 SURVEY OF ORTHODOX HISTORY
History of the Orthodox Church from early Christianity to contemporary times; Syrian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church in India.
Theology 204 SURVEY OF ORTHODOX HISTORY
Same as Theology 104. Students who took Theology 204 on the undergraduate level are required, when taking this course on the graduate level, to submit two short book reports or one extended book report in addition to the required term paper.
Theology 259 CHURCH HISTORY: FIRST – THIRD CENTURIES
Reading of Acts of the Apostles; some exegesis of selected passages with attention to the interweaving of narrative and theology. Persecution and martyrdom; struggle against heresy; Church in Roman Empire; Fathers and Councils; political, social, cultural milieu.
Theology 260 CHURCH HISTORY: FOURTH – SIXTH CENTURIES
St. Athanasius and Trinitarian controversy; Arian controversies and Councils of the fourth century; Christological dispute in the fifth century; St. Cyril of Alexandria and Theodoret; consideration of political, social, cultural milieu.
Theology 308 CHURCH HISTORY: SEVENTH – FOURTEENTH CENTURIES
Iconoclasm and its aftermath; Islam; Byzantine Christendom; Schism of East and West; Slavic churches; development of a distinctly Western form of Christian thought.
Theology 309 CHURCH HISTORY: FIFTEENTH – SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES
Turkish period; crisis of Reformation; Byzantine Church and fall of Damascus 1316; survey of development of Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Judaism.
Theology 409 CHURCH HISTORY: EIGHTEENTH – NINETEENTH CENTURIES
Missionary activities; relationships among the faiths; political, social, cultural forces bearing upon religion; development of Orthodox church in modern world.
Theology 410 CHURCH HISTORY: TWENTIETH CENTURY
Ecumenism: historical and canonical perspectives; changing perceptions of schism and heresy in the early Church; Chalcedonian-NonChalcedonian relations: an example of estrangement and reconciliation; Orthodox-Anglican relations and the beginning of modern ecumenism; Councils of churches; Roman Catholic church and ecumenical movement; current Orthodox-Catholic dialogue; Code of Canon Law, Agreements, Accords, recent documents; opposition.
Theology 760 EARLY SYRIAC CHRISTIANITY
Syriac-speaking region from Antioch to Syro-Mesopotamia from second to eighth centuries; Jewish Christianity, Gnosticism, Manichaeism; Syriac versions of the Bible; Syriac interpretations of Scripture; Trinitarian and Christological controversies; consideration of liturgy and the arts; effect of Islam; Odes of Solomon, Tation, Ephrem the Syrian, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Severus of Antioch, Jacob of Sarug et al.
Theology 761 HISTORY OF THE ANTIOCHIAN CHURCH
Ethnic and theological origins of Christianity in the Eastern Mediterranean; historical and social peculiarities of Arab and Antiochian Christianity; history of the city of Antioch from antiquity to present (Antakya). Act 2:26 confirms that the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. St. Peter; rejection of Chalcedon and subsequent persecution; Jacob Baradaeus and Empress Theodora; Persian Empire and Mesopotamia; 628 Patriarchate extended to Arabia and Afghanistan till 1859; Syrian “Jacobite” Church; Melkite Patriarch of Antioch; Caliphs; Crusades; School of Antioch; World War I and massacre by Kurds; Catholicate of the East in India, 1964; H.H. Ignatius Zakka Iwas elected 122nd Patriarch of Antioch, 1980; Common Declaration with Pope John Paul II, 1984; with Ecumenical Patriarchate, 1991.
Theology 762 EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN EGYPT
Alexandria and environs from the second through the fifth centuries; readings in Philo, Basilides, Gnosticism, Clement, Origen, Athanasius, desert monastics, Cyril of Alexandria.
Theology 763 HISTORY OF THE ALEXANDRIAN CHURCH
Survey of the theological development of Coptic Church; social, political, economic and cultural forces from the first century through the present; founded by St.Mark the Evangelist; School of Alexandria; persecution of Diocletian; Constantine; St.Athanasius an St.Cyril; Life of St. Anthony; Chalcedonian persecution; Arab cponquest 640; Crusades.
Theology 764 HISTORY OF THE JERUSALEM CHURCH
Theology 765 HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF ROME
Development of a distinctly Western form of Christian thought and institutions; survey of theological development from the first century through the present.
Theology 766 HISTORY OF THE INDIAN CHURCH
Apostle Thomas, Acts of Judas Thomas, Thomas of Kana at Kerala, 345; Mar Abar Isho and Mar Peroz in 840; Nestorians; 1599 Portuguese synod at Diamper; murder of delegate of Patriarch, 1653; seminary at Kottayam, 1813; Patriarch Peter III, Patriarch Abdullah;Church under Patriarch and Church under Catholicos.
Theology 767 HISTORY OF THE ETHIOPIAN CHURCH
Queen of Sheba; Ark of the Covenant; Ethiopian eunuch: King Ezana (320-356); Jewish persecution of Christians, 968; Moslem attack, 1528; Roman Catholic attempts 1520-1631; Pedro Pais; expulsion of Jesuits 1631; heresies of seventeenth to nineteenth century; Mussolini; See of Addis Ababa.
Theology 768 HISTORY OF THE ARMENIAN CHURCH
Apostles Thaddeus and Bartholomew; St.Greogory 325; Holy Etchmiadzin; St.Gregory, bishop and converter of Armenia to Christianity; St.Aristakes, younger son of St.Gregory, represented his ailing father at First Ecumencal Council of Nicea; Zoroastrian Persia; sack by Arabs, 927; attempts at reunion with Greek Church; Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey, 1461; Czars 1836; genocide of Armenians by Turkey, 1915; breakup of Soviet Union.
Theology 769 HISTORY OF THE CHURCH OF BYZANTIUM
Survey of establishment of Byzantine Church to its current status as the Ecumenical Patriarachate in Istanbul; emphasis on political, social, economic and cultural forces which have shaped the Patriarchate.
Theology 770 HISTORY OF THE RUSSIAN CHURCH
Development in the Church from Byzantine evangelization through the twentieth century; early holy men and women; Nikon and Old Believers; reforms of Peter the Great; revolutionaries and Church; Slavophiles and Church; Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Khomiakov. Berdyaev, Florovsky; Communist and post-Communist periods.
Theology 771 HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION
Reform movement in Germany, Switzerland, England and throughout Europe; emphasis on impact of political, social, economic and cultural forces on theological controversies.
Theology 772 HISTORY OF THE POST-REFORMATION
Survey of theological thought from seventeenth century Puritanism to ecumenical movement; emphasis on political, social, economic and cultural matrix.
Theology 773 JANSENISM
Religious principles and social behavior in the seventeeth and eighteenth centuries in Europe; evolution of Jansenism from mysticism to revolt; from resistance to organized revolution; influence on theological development; psychological roots and well as earlier precursors in the church.
Theology 774 ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THE AMERICAS
Entry and development of various Orthodox churches in Western Hemisphere; survey of current jurisdictions; pastoral concerns; dialogue and present relationships.
Theology 775 TWENTIETH CENTURY ORTHODOXY
Brief consideration of problems arising at fall of Ottoman Turkey and Russia after World War I; Orhodox involvement in the ecumenism; bilateral dialogues; Great and Holy Council; Ecumenical Patriarchate; adaptation; collapse of the Soviet Union;emphasis on interrelationships among jurisdictions throughout the world; analysis of current situation in each patriarchate particularly dangers from unstable governments.
Theology 776 CHRISTIANITY IN THE UNITED STATES
Consideration of theological developments from time Christianity arrived through the present; ideal religious and ethical communities; Puritanism and its religious and political forces; impact of World Wars; slavery, sexual and gender rights; human rights.
Theology 777 AFRO-AMERICAN CHRISTIANITY
Development of religious movements and institutions of people of African descent in North America and Carribbean; origins of spirituality; forces influencing variations in development;
present situation and future perspectives; unique or integrated church.
Theology 778 CATHOLIC CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES
Beginnings in St.Augustine, Florida, 1565; Maryland; the English Colonies; Catholics in American Revolution; episcopacy; 1789-1840 and Catholic minority; immigration and integration; American imperialism, 1900; World Wars, New Deal, Great Depression; problems in Mexico; Fascism; Vatican II, Ecumenism; clergy shortage; ordination of women; American Church and Holy See; tensions and the future.
Theology 779 CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT
Historical approach to ecumenism in Roman Catholic Church; examination of documents of agreements and disagreements (from the nineteenth century to present ) with other churches; emphasis will be on political, social, economic and cultural matrix; Council of Churches.
Theology 880B CHRISTIAN, JEWISH AND ISLAMIC RELATIONS
Survey of the relationships; dialogue with leaders of each group; emphasis will be from Orthodox perspective.
Theology 887B HISTORICAL METHOD
Survey of historical methodology and research; skills in editing texts, evaluating evidence, critically analyzing secondary sources.
Theology 888B DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 889 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Department of Patristics
Theology 257 PATROLOGY
Theologians of ante-Nicene era: Ignatius, Justin, Irenaeus, Clement, Origen, Tertullian, Cyprian; Trinitarian controversy in fourth century: Athanasius and Cappadocian Fathers; monastic tradition: Evagrius and Macarius; John Chrysostom; Latin Fathers: Hilary, Jerome, Ambrose, Augustine.
Theology 790 PATRISTICS
Continuation of Theology 257. Methodology and bibliography; study of lives, writings and ideas of the Eastern, Oriental and Western Fathers and other Church writers of the first eight centuries; Trinitarian theology, Christology, Holy Spirit, anthropology, biblical exegesis, ecclesiology.
Theology 791 BYZANTINE FATHERS
Lives, writings and theology of Photios, Symeon the New Theologian, Nicholas Kabasilas, Gregory Palamas, Mark of Ephesus et al. Readings in translation and original.
Theology 792 LATER FATHERS
Consideration of writings of Georgios Scholarios, Nikodemos of Holy Mountain, Kosmas Aitolos, Patriarch Jeremiah II, Cyril Lukaris et al. Readings in translation and original.
Theology 793 CHRIST AND THE FATHERS
Incarnation and person of Christ; alternative Christological formulations; Arios, Apollinarios, Eunomios, Theodore of Mopsuestia and Nestorios; responses: Athanasios, Cappadocian Fathers, Cyril of Alexandria. Readings in translation and original.
Theology 794 ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA
Some consideration to social, political and cultural conditions; Christology against the background of Nestorian and Monophysite controversies. Readings in translation and original.
Theology 795 CAPPADOCIAN FATHERS
Theological writings of Basil and two Greogories; Cappadocain response to Neo-Arianism; Origen; Greek philosophy. Readings in translation and original.
Theology 796 ST. IRENAEUS
Theology of St. Irenaeus; consideration of scriptural exegesis; Trinity, Christ, creation, human-kind. Readings in translation and original.
Theology 797 EARLY MONKS
Monasticism in fourth century; Readings in translation and original in the Gerontikon, the Pachomian writings and the Life of Anthony.
Theology 798 ST. GREGORY PALAMAS
Study of his writings in translation and original.
Theology 831A&B THEOLOGY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
Listed under Department of Systematic Theology. In addition, writings in Latin and translation.
Theology 799 APPLIED PATRISTICS
Some of the old theological problems are alive and well today; they create divisions among the Orthodox as well as with the Roman Catholic Church. This course explores from both the linguistic, historic and theological dimensions the current unresolved difficulties and a view toward possible solutions. Documents in their original is essential; translations also.
Theology 817 METHODOLOGY IN PATRISTICS
Theology 818 DOCTORAL SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 819 DOCTORAL SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
In addition to the required Ancient Language Courses, the following may be included in the specialization in Patristics. However, only two courses may be selected for the master’s degree ( 6 credits ) and two additional courses for the doctorate ( 6 credits ).
Theology 259 CHURCH HISTORY: 1 – 3 CENTURIES
Theology 260 CHURCH HISTORY: 4 – 6 CENTURIES
Theology 760 EARLY SYRIAC CHRISTIANITY
Theology 762 EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN EGYPT
Theology 261 CANON LAW: ECUMENICAL COUNCILS
Theology 262 CANON LAW: ECUMENICAL COUNCILS
Theology 310 CANON LAW: ECUMENICAL COUNCILS
Theology 744 SCRIPTURE AND PATRISTICS
Theology 982A&B PLATO
Theology 984 PLOTINUS
Theology 986 PSEUDO-DIONYSIUS
Theology 873 MORAL THEOLOGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
Theology 874 MORAL THEOLOGY AND THE CHURCH FATHERS
Theology 878 MORAL THEOLOGY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
Philosophy 203 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY:3 CENTURY B.C.- 4 CENTURY A.D
Philosophy 204 EARLY CHRISTIAN PHILOSOPHY: FIRST- FIFTH CENTURY
Department of Moral Theology and Ethics
Theology 255 ETHICS I
See Philosophy 408A
Theology 256 ETHICS II
See Philosophy 408B
Theology 306 THE THEOLOGICAL VIRTUES
Foundation of Moral theology; personhood and relationships; consideration of theological virtues of faith, hope and charity. What is faith ? unbelief; hope and fear; love; The Summa Theologica of Thomas Aquinas will be considered as a foundation to contemporary exploration and a comparison to Patristic thought.
Theology 307 THE CARDINAL VIRTUES
Discusssion of Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, Temperance; justice and rights; legal and distributive justice; commutative and rights of body and property. Aquinas’ Summa Theologica will be considered a base from which to discuss patristic and contemporary views.
Theology 403 THE SACRAMENTS
Consideration of the sacraments from a moral standpoint; Aquinas’ Summa Theologica will be the reference point; patristic and contemporary thought will be considered.
Theology 404 CHRISTIAN SEXUAL MORALITY
Survey of biblical, patristic and historical ( medieval, modern ) views on the issues of sexual morality; contributions of contemporary moral theologians; procreation, marriage, homosexuality, single life, celibacy, incest, rape, pornography, sex education
Theology 870 ORTHODOX MORAL THEOLOGY
Christian moral theory and practice from the biblical, patristic, medieval, modern and contemporary Orthodox Christian standpoint; nature of good and evil; human moral capacities, virtue, moral law and responsibilities; Christian responsibility to God, self, and fellow human beings.
Theology 871 ORTHODOX SOCIAL MORAL THEOLOGY
Review of biblical and historical Orthodox sources on social morality; church and state, poverty, race relations, women’s concerns, economic justice, capital punishment, crime, war and environment.
Theology 872 ORTHODOX MORAL THEOLOGY & HUMAN LIFE
Consideration from the Orthodox Christian view, the ethical principles and applications: health, genetic screening and engineering, artificial insemination, birth control, abortion, euthanasia, death and dying.
Theology 873 MORAL THEOLOGY OF ST. JOHN CHRYSOSTOM
Reading from the works of St. John Chrysostom on ethical and moral issues; analysis, comparison to contemporary positions and critique.
Theology 874 MORAL THEOLOGY AND THE CHURCH FATHERS
Survey of the major writings of the Western, Eastern and Oriental Fathers on moral issues.
Theology 875 MORAL THEOLOGY AND THE BIBLE
Moral teachings of Jesus and St. Paul; survey of Old testament; Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount; indicative and imperative in the Pauline writintings and selected moral issues in the other epistles.
Theology 876 MORALITY OF CHRISTIAN LIVING
Nature, sources and historical development of Christian moral theology; examination of selected themes; meaning of Christ-centered morality; personalist structures: God call- human beings respond; Christian freedom, love and the role of the law; contemporary approaches to natural law, situation ethics, conscience, Christian moral activity, human acts in relation to one’s basic choice; sin, conversion and Christian virtue.
Theology 877 MORAL THEOLOGY IN AN ECUMENICAL AGE
Study of the conflicts and agreements existing among contemporary Christian representatives of Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and Catholic Churches; influence of Kant on Protestant thinkers and influence of St.Thomas Aquinas and natural law theory on Catholic thinkers.
Theology 878 MORAL THEOLOGY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
Review of the moral theological writings of St. Augustine; analysis and critique; influence on contemporary thinking.
Theology 879 MORAL THEOLOGY OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
Review of the moral theological writings of St. Thomas; analysis and critique; influence on contemporary thinking.
Theology 880A APPROACHES TO MORAL THEOLOGY
Survey of five approaches to Christian Moral Theology : deontological ( Kant, Browning, Swedes, Aquinas, Curran ); utilitarian ( Mill, Fletcher, Callahan ); contextual ( Calvin, Lehman, Hauerwas ); black liberation (Cone) and feminist ( Harrison).
Theology 881 MORAL THEOLOGY AND THE NIEBUHRS
Readings in the works of both Reinhold Niebuhr and H. Richard Niebuhr; theological background, faith and culture, use of social science, social polity, methodology.
Theology 882 BONHOEFFER AND MORAL THEOLOGY
Readings in Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Cost of Discipleship, Ethics, Letters and Papers from Prison and some biographical material; consideration of methodology and contemporary influence.
Theology 883 BLACK COMMUNITY AND MORAL THEOLOGY
Ethics and politics in the black community; religion and politics; contribution to moral theology of Booker T. Washington, W.E. B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Mary McLeod Bethune, A.Philip Randolph, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jesse Jackson.
Theology 884 MORAL THEOLOGY AND THE UNITED NATIONS
Reading of the classical documents derived from the United Nations treating moral and ethical issues; dilemmas arising daily in the United Nations dealing with the individual, community and states; war, peace, racism, apartheid, poverty, family, work-practices, unemployment; influences of moral theology on the new International Criminal Court.
Theology 885 CHRISTIAN MORAL THINKING
Consideration of moral problems as approached from various contemporary approaches: Christian realism, Christian contextualism, Christian virtue, Christian rights and principles, and Christian liberation; analysis of moral and ethical problems of particular interest to the student from these vantage points.
Theology 886 HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN MORAL THEOLOGY
Relationship of theology and ethics; use of scripture, social and moral theory; ethical issues from Hebrew scriptures to contemporay times.
Theology 887A JEWISH ETHICS
Historical consideration with emphasis on contemporary; economic justice, sexual and family relations, civil disobedience, international relations, pastoral work.
Theology 888A CHRISTIANITY AND ECOLOGY
Sociological and theological factors which influence American religious responses; creation spirituality, eco-justice, eco-feminism and Christian stewardship theology; international expressions of religious ecological concern.
Please note that Theology 910 through Theology 915 are the same as the corresponding Philosophy courses except that theology students are required to direct the term paper to the writings of Christian Moral Theologians.
Theology 910 MORAL THEOLOGY AND JUSTICE
See Philosophy 410 Philosophy of Justice
Theology 911 MORAL THEOLOGY AND LAW, ETHICS, BUSINESS
See Philosophy 411 Law, Ethics, Business
Theology 912 MORAL THEOLOGY AND MEDICAL ETHICS
See Philosophy 412 Medical Ethics
Theology 913 MORAL THEOLOGY AND BUSINESS ETHICS
See Philosophy 414 Business Ethics
Theology 914 MORAL THEOLOGY AND LAW
See Philosophy 430 Philosophy of Law
Theology 915 MORAL THEOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
See Philosophy 433 Evironmental Ethics
Theology 917 METHODOLOGY IN MORAL THEOLOGY
Methodological issues in contemporary moral theology; interface of moral philosophy, social theory and theological views.
Theology 918 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 919 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Department of Canon Law
Theology 107 INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODOX CANON LAW
Canons of Orthodox Church; canons are seen as rules for the spiritual needs and order of Church; students will note major theological decisions of each Ecumenical Council; particular attention should be given to the following topics: systematic and non-systematic, major Orders, election of the bishop, appeals canons (Sardica) and marriage.
Theology 207 SURVEY OF ORTHODOX CANON LAW
Same as Theology 107 except that those students who have taken this course on the undergraduate level are required to submit either two short book reports or one longer book report in addition to the term paper.
Theology 261 INTRODUCTION TO CANON LAW AND NORMS IN 1-3 CENTURY
Introduction to Canon Law as used by major Christian churches; Reading and commentary in the Didache and the Constitutions of the Holy Apostles.
Theology 262 ECUMENICAL COUNCILS: 4-6 CENTURY
Study of Ecumenical Councils and other councils and synods from the fourth through the sixth centuries.
Theology 310 ECUMENICAL COUNCILS: 7-14 CENTURY
Study of Ecumenical Councils and other councils and synods from the seventh through the fourteenth centuries.
Theology 311 ECUMENCIAL COUNCILS: 15-20 CENTURY
Studies and cases in the development of Canon Law from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries; contemporary canonical literature.
Theology 407 CANON LAW AND INTERCOMMUNION
Relations with non-Orthodox Churches; relations in and out of worship and within the context of the Ecumenical movement; why Eucharist is withheld from non-Orthodox as well as Orthodox who have married outside the Orthodox Church; why the latter are prohibited from serving as sponsers at baptisms and weddings; why they are deprived of Orthodox burial; contemporary issues in sacrametntal life of Church; reception of converts, penetential discipline.
Theology 408 CANON LAW: PRIESTHOOD & MARRIAGE
Priestly authority as reflected in holy canons; distinction between clergy and laity; relationship of deacons and presbyters to bishop and of bishop to the synod; recourse to eccesiastical justice; need and problems of priesthood today. Marriage from the canononical perspective: intra-Christian and inter-religious marriages; divorce and remarriage and canonical status of those involved in them.
Theology 920 ECCLESIOLOGY AND CHURCH ORDER
Connection between principles of Orthodox ecclesiology and canonical norms governing Church; structure of local churches and mutual bonds; regional,and universal primacies; shortcomings in application of canons to specific situations.
Theology 921 CONTEMPORARY ORTHODOX CANONICAL LITERATURE
Important canonical issues facing the Church; marriage, priesthood, intercommunion, pan- Orthodox unity, Great and Holy Council, Oriental and Eastern Orthodox dialogue.
Theology 922 CANON LAW AND THE “DIASPORA”
Problems with “diaspora” i.e. overlapping jurisdiction, competing churches, ethnic loyalties, linguistic peculiarities, liturgical variety, divergent pastoral practice; solutions for pan-Orthodox unity; pastoral ways of bringing unity; world-wide Orthodoxy.
Theology 923 CANONICAL EVENTS IN ORTHODOXY
Relationship between and among Orthodox Churches on a daily basis; issues and critique of formulations, agreements and disagreements; relationship of the Orthodox Church to other Church organizations.
Theology 924 CONSTITUTION & CANONS OF EPISCOPAL CHURCH
Reading of Constitution, Canons and commentary on the operation of the Episcopal Church in the United States; pastoral concerns.
Theology 925 CODE OF CANON LAW; GENERAL NORMS
Beginning of an examinatioin of Code of Canon Law of Roman Catholic Church; Code and commentary: ecclesiastical law, custom, general decrees and instructions, individual administrative acts, power of governance, ecclesiastical office, prescription and computation of time.
Theology 926 CODE OF CANON LAW: PEOPLE OF GOD
Christian faithful, obligations and rights of all Christian Faithful and lay Christian Faithful; sacred ministers or clerics, personal prelatures, associations of Christian Faithful, hierarchical constitution of the Church, supreme Church authority; particular churches and their groupings; authority, groups, internal ordering; institutes of consecrated life and varieties of apostolic life; norms, religious institutes, secular institutes.
Theology 927 CODE OF CANON LAW: TEACHING, SANCTIFYING OFFICE
Ministry of divine word, missionary action of Church, Catholic education, social communication, books, profession of faith, Sacraments ( seven), acts of Divine Worship ( sacramentals, Liturgy of the Hours, funerals, veneration of saints, vows); sacred places and times; temporal goods of Church.
Theology 928 CODE OF CANON LAW: SANCTIONS OF CHURCH & PROCESSES
Offenses and penalties, penal law, penalites (unity of Church, ecclesiastical authorities, ecclesiastical functioning), falsehood, competent forum, tribunals, contentious trial, special procedures (matrimonial, ordinations), penal procedure; administrative recourse; removal of pastors.
Theology 929 HISTORY OF CANON LAW
Oriental collections, Dionysiana, Hispana, Pseudo-Isidorian forgeries, Decretum of Burchard, Ivo of Chartres, formation of Corpus Juris Canonici, reading sin Gratian, the Decretals, Glossa Ordinaria.
Theology 930 INTERPRETATION OF LAW
Science and art of interpretation of ecclesiastical law; balance between law and epikeia; law received by community; literary forms; customs, evolutionary nature of laws, hermeneutics, and the Gospel.
Theology 931 CHURCH AND STATE
Religious liberty; opinions of the Supreme Court of United States interpreting the religious clauses of the First Amendment to Constitution of the United States.
Theology 932 AMERICAN LAW AND CANONISTS
Common law, statutory and constitutional make up of American legal system; tort, agency, property, matrimonial, procedural law.
Theology 933 UNIATE CANON LAW
Ecclesiological background; codification and revision of Eastern canon law, Orientalium Ecclesiarum; 1990 Code of Canons for Eastern Churches; hierarchical and collegial governance; synodal governance; structures in patriarchal, major archepiscopal and autonomous metropolitan churches; eparchies and exarchies
Theology 934 ECUMENISM AND CATHOLIC CANON LAW
Attitude and regulations expressed in the Code and pre-Vatican II legislation concerning persons and religious institutions other than Roman Catholic; documents issued during and since Vatican II about ecumenical matters and canonical implications; reception and administration of sacraments in ecumenical context.
Theology 935 HISTORY OF LAW: ANCIENT THROUGH MEDIEVAL
Survey of secular and religious law from ancient times through the medieval period. Attention will be given to religious and state interactions.
Theology 936 HISTORY OF LAW: RENAISSANCE THROUGH CONTEMPORARY
Survey of secular and religious law from Renaissance through current times. Attention will be given to the interaction of eccesiastical with governmental.
Theology 937 PHILOSOPHY OF LAW
Same as Philosophy 409
Theology 965 M.C.L. INTERNSHIP
One semester is spent part time working within the student’s Church as a canonist. Supervision is provided both by the faculty and the Church.
Theology 966 D.C.L. INTERNSHIP
Same as Theology 966 with a higher level of expertise expected.
Theology 967 CANON LAW & METHODOLOGY
Theology 968 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 969 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Department of Philosophical Theology
Theology 251 NATURAL THEOLOGY
See Philosophy 403
Theology 252 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
See Philosophy 402
All courses in the School of Theology are cross-reference with the School of Philosophy where requirements are the same except that the term paper written in Theology must be analyzed / critiqued from the standpoint of philosophers specific to the course.
Theology 1048 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 1049 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Department of Liturgical Theology and the Arts
Please note that all graduate courses which are to be part of either the master’s or doctoral degree in Liturgical Theology are taken for three ( 3 ) credits.
Theology 102 LITURGICAL THEOLOGY: BAPTISM & EUCHARIST
Worship and theology as centered around the sacraments of Baptism and Eucharist; development and changes in liturgy; role of liturgical theology; services of baptism, chrismation, and eucharist and their intimate connection; Hebrew influence on liturgy; anaphora, anamnesis, antiphon, prothesis, epiclesis et al.
Theology 105 LITURGICAL THEOLOGY: PENANCE & MARRIAGE
Theology of sacraments with emphasis on penance and marriage; their connection with Eucharist; knowlege of use of certain liturgical books (Euchologian, Horalogion, Menaion, Octoechos, Pentecostarion, Triodion, Typicon); Old Tesatment and marriage; influence of the rites of Hagia Sophia; “death of a spouse” and marriage; public penance; development of sacrament of penance.
Theology 202 LITURGICAL THEOLOGY: BAPTISM & EUCHARIST
Same as Theology 102. Those students who took the course on the undergraduate level are required for the graduate level to submit two short book reports or one extended book report in addition to a term paper.
Theology 205 LITURGICAL THEOLOGY: PENANCE & MARRIAGE
Same as Theology 105. Above note.
Theology 258 RELIGION AND THE ARTS
Survey of Christian Arts from the first through twenty-first centuries with emphasis on the Orthodox tradition; art in terms of its cultural, iconographic, iconological, stylistic and theological development.
Theology 267 SURVEY OF LITURGICAL THEOLOGY
Introduction to history and theology of worship with an emphasis on origins and development of the Orthodox liturgical tradition; sources, methods, and task of liturgical theology; daily, weekly, and annual cyles of worship and their liturgical books.
Theology 268 EARLY CHRISTIAN WORSHIP
Development of liturgy based on chief documents of period; New Testament, Didache, Apostolic Tradition, Didascalia, Apostolic Constitutions.
Theology 315 LITURGY OF THE DIVINE HOURS
Canonical Hours as the public worship of church; history and contemporary celebration; survey of origin and developmernt of daily prayer in East and West.
Theology 316 DIVINE LITURGY
Historical survey of Eucharistic liturgy; changes and pastoral effect; role of celebrant, choir or cantor, laity; pastoral connection of eucharist with other sacraments.
Theology 413 LITURGY: THE SACRAMENTS
Liturgical celebration of sacraments; instructing the student in the performance of rites; doctrinal, liturgical and historical significance of the Holy Mysteries ( Sacraments ).
Theology 414 CELEBRATING THE EUCHARISTIC LITURGY
Rubrics for the celebration of eucharist; analysis of structural elements of divine services and instruction in use of liturgical books of Orthodox Church.
Theology 1050 LITURGY AND FEAST
Selected major feasts and their effect upon the faith community; historical, liturgical, theological and devotional.
Theology 1051 THE BIBLE AND LITURGY
Bible in Orthodox worship; organization, principles and issues of the lectionary; consideration of pastoral situation.
Theology 1052 LITURGICAL RENEWAL & REFORM
Consideration of writings of various liturgical theologians on issues of renewal and reform.
Theology 1053 HOLY MYSTERIES: THE SACRAMENTS 1
Doctrinal, liturgical and historical significance of Holy Mysteries ( Sacraments ).
Theology 1054 HOLY MYSTERIES: THE SACRAMENTS 2
Continuation of Theology 1053
Theology 1055 LITURGICAL TEXTS & COMMENTARIES
Selected liturgical texcts with emphasis on their theology and historical development; early and contemporary texts.
Theology 1056 THE CHURCH YEAR
Christian concept of time; Sunday and Sabbath; Paschal, Christmas, Marian and Sanctoral cycles; hymnography.
Theology 1057 LITURGICAL COMMENTARIES
Development of liturgical commentaries; early biblical exegesis and application to liturgical rites; readings from Origen, fourth century mystagogical catechesis, Pseudo-Dionysius, Maximus Germanus, the Pratheria, Cabasilios, Symeon of Thessalonica.
Theology 1058 LITURGY AND CULTURE
Investigation of relationship between liturgy and culture from anthropological and theological perspectives; contemporary notions of culture, symbols and rituals as mediators of culture; liturgy as the symbolic, ritual action of local churches.
Theology 1059 CHRISTIAN RITUAL & TRANSFORMATION
Dynamic between liturgical and personal spiritualities; reflection on role of liturgy as mediator of conversion; liturgy is studied as symbolic, ritual action and conversion as a proces of transformation which is personal and social; the sacraments.
Theology 1065 FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC
Notation of rhythm and pitch; supplementary musical symbols; tonality, scales and key signatures; important terms in music; sight reading.
Theology 1066 CONTEMPORARY RUSSIAN CHANT
Study of the “octoechos” tones; music for the services of daily, weekly and yearly liturgical cycles; the Requiem and Service of Thanksgiving.
Theology 1067 CONTEMPORARY BYZANTINE CHANT
Study or the “octoechos” tones; music for the services of daily, weekly, and yearly liturgical cyles; hymns for special services, including baptism, marriage and the funeral; hymns of vespers and other services; two diatonic tones.
Theology 1068 CONTEMPORARY SERBIAN CHANT
Study of tonal systems in use today in Serbian Orthodox Church; music for Vespers, Matins, and Divine Liturgy; music for the services of Lent, Holy Week and Pascha; music for special services, including baptism, marriage and the funeral.
Theology 1069 ECCLESIATICAL CHANT IN ENGLISH
Eight tones are studied; hymns from various services, including Vespers and Divine Liturgy are chanted in English; sacraments and services found in the Great Euchologion are studied for practical use.
Theology 1070 GREGORIAN CHANT
Theology 1071 ANGLICAN CHANT
Theology 1075 CHRISTIAN ARTS OF THE EARLY CHURCH
Survey of the arts- visual and auditory- from the first to the sixth century; theological connection; artistic experience and religious experience; arts in Christian Liturgy.
Theology 1076 CHRISTIAN ARTS OF THE MEDIEVAL CHURCH
Survey of the arts from the seventh through the fourteenth century.
Theology 1077 CHRISTIAN ARTS OF THE RENAISSANCE
Survey of the arts in the Age of the Renaissance.
Theology 1078 CHRISTIAN ARTS OF THE MODERN PERIOD
Survey of the arts of the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Theology 1079 CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN ARTS
Consideration of the arts of the twentieth century; pastoral evaluation of various arts in contemporary liturgy; church architecture and design.
Theology 1080 AESTHETICS
Same as Philosophy 419. Term paper must deal with religious art. Doctoral program only.
Theology 1205 MIRCEA ELIADE AND SYMBOLS
See Department of Religion. Doctoral program only.
Theology 1204 RITUAL
See Department of Religion. Doctoral program only.
Theology 1088 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 1089 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Department of Practical Theology
“S” after course number indicates a course in Spirtuality program. “P” after a course number indicates a course in Pastoral program.
Theology 208S SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Selected writings of the Church Fathers and contemporary spiritual writers on the spiritual life.The student is required to attend either two short retreats ( three to four days each ) or one extended retreat ( seven days). These are arranged privately at a monastery. A paper on the student’s spiritual reflections during each retreat is required; a diary on the student’s spiritual journey is submitted at the close of the semester; several short papers on the student’s reflections on the works of different authors read.
Theology 265 HOMILETICS: INTRODUCTION TO PREACHING
Basic course in the fundamentals of preaching and development of sermon; presentation of five videotaped sermons of about five minutes each and before a church congregation or the like.
Theology 266 HOMILETICS: SERMON DESIGN
Resources for creating sermon structures found in biblical texts, lives of the saints, situations and student’s own imagination; consideration of a variety of sermon structures and models through readings; presentation of five videotapes sermons of about five minutes each and before a church congregation or the like.
Theology 301PS PSYCHOLOGY OF RELIGION
See Psychology 299, School of Psychology.
Theology 313 HOMILETICS: PREACHING MODELS AND METHODS
Examination of some of the notable preachers of the twentieth century; examination of their homiletical methods in light of their personalities and their cultural settings; analysis of sermons of some T.V. clergy. Presentation of four,videotaped, ten minute sermons incorporating the material of the course into one’s preaching style; sermon delivered before a congregation.
Theology 314 HOMILETICS: PASTORAL PREACHING
Preaching in the context of the pastoral ministry; dealing with human problems and life situations in sermons; understanding emotional processes of the audience as they affect communication. Presentation of four, videotaped, ten minute sermons delivered before a congregation.
Theology 411 HOMILETICS: PREACHING AND CHURCH YEAR
Preaching and theological education of the congregation; this is carried out by following the seasons of the Church year: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost; church and secular calendar; student will present four, videotaped fifteen minute sermons covering the topics of the course before a congregation.
Theology 412 HOMILETICS: PREACHING FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Preaching taking place on special occasions of worship such as weddings, baptisms, Eucharist and funerals; student will present four, videotaped fifteen minute sermons coveing ithe topics of the course before a congregation.
Theology 415P PASTORAL THEOLOGY: CLINICAL PASTORAL CARE Introduction to Pastoral Theology, Care and Counseling; reflection over historical, patristic and modern studies; consideration of person of pastoral care giver; the clergy’s calling, function, role, identity and preparation in offering empathy and care to the community. Five to six weeks of 35-40 hours per week in various hospital and institutional settings with chaplain supervision; at the end of the course, the student’s field supervisor and course instructor prepare a written evaluations of the student’s progress. This course is usually completed the summer between the second and third year of the Master of Divinity program.
Theology 416P PASTORAL THEOLOGY: CLINICAL PASTORAL CARE 2
Clergy and lay ministers in the parish setting; topics to include; family systems, aging, physical sickness and suffering, mental health and illness, death, dying and bereavement, sexuality, substance abuse, addiction and aggression. Five to six weeks of 35-40 hours per week in various hospital and institutional settings with chaplain supervision; at the end of the course, the student’s field supervisior and course instructor prepare writtten evaluations of the student’s progress.This course is usually completed the summer between the second and third year of the Master of Divinity program.
Theology 501P PASTORAL COUNSELING 1
Basic course in the use of religion on counseling.
Theology 502P PASTORAL COUNSELING 2
Continuation of Pastoral Counseling 1.
Theology 912 MORAL THEOLOGY & MEDICAL ETHICS
See Department of Moral Theology and Ethics.
Theology 1030P RELIGION AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Various clinical counseling and religious interventions are considered; how they are used in care and healing; illness, health, pastoral counseling, confession, spirituality and health; approaches to healing that integrate elements from religious disciplines with modern body-mind psychotherapies; processes by which spirtuality and psychotherapy provide means for healing and change; unique contributions, similarities and differences of faith and psychotherapy; how both religion and psychotherapy are implemented in case studies.
Theology 1131P PASTORAL COUNSELING WITH DEATH & DYING
Theological and clinical counseling resources for pastor’s interventions with death and dying individuals; liturgical and theological tradition of Orthodox Church; modern counseling approaches; psychological and theological perspectives on dying; reflective exercizes.
Theology 1132S CAPPADOCIAN FATHERS: THEOLOGY & SPIRITUALITY
St.Basil, St. Gregory the Theologian, St.Gregory of Nyssa; knowledge of God and participation in Him; Trinity, pneumatology, ascetical writings and ecclesiology of St. Basil; spirituality of St. Gregory of Nyssa; the following questions are considered; how have the writings of the saints improved my spirituality and how may I impart this to others in my care.
Theology 1133S ASCETICISM AND SPIRITUALITY
Asceticism and sexuality in writings of Church Fathers; analysis, evaluation and critique; how may application of these studies be made in spirtual counseling.
Theology 1134S HESYCHASTIC TRADITION
St.Gregory Palamas; experience, sacraments, deification; spiritual fathers, Jesus Prayer, body in prayer, vision of light, essence-energy distinction. How may these be applied to my own spiritual life and what may I impart to others pastorally.
Theology 1135S PRAYER
Liturgy, Psalmody, reading, meditation, rule of prayer; Jesus Prayer; examination of my prayer life and how I may teach others to pray.
Theology 1136S HAGIOGRAPHY
Reading and reflection on lives of the saints from the Western, Eastern and Oriental traditions; varieties of sanctity, canonization. How may I impart this experience to others to enable them to grow spiritually.
Theology 1137S VIRTUES AND VICES
Readings in ascetical and mystical writers of the West, East and Oriental; how they grew in the spiritual life; treatment of vices and virtues; application to my life and lives of others.
Theology 1138P ORIENTATION OF PASTORAL COUNSELING
Pastoral dimension in counseling procress; focus on what the pastoral dimension is and how it differs from the mereely clinical counseling approach; this course sets the stage for all subsequent counseling courses in that it provides the pastoral perspective and dimension. ( May not be taken by those who already have Theology 501 and 502 )
Theology 1139PS through Theology 1148PS inclusive require that the term paper be written from the vantage point of either pastoral or spiritual counseling.
Theology 1139PS INTERVIEWING SKILLS
See Psychology 301
Theology 1140PS APPROACHES TO COUNSELING
See Psychology 305
Theology 1141PS COUNSELING THE FAMILY
See Psychology 307
Theology 1142PS REHABILITATION COUNSELING
See Psychology 308
Theology 1143PS COUNSELING THE ADDICTIVE PERSON
See Psychology 310
Theology 1144PS COUNSELING THE CHILD
See Psychology 407
Theology 1145PS COUNSELING THE COUPLE
See Psychology 408
Theology 1146PS COUNSELING THE ADOLESCENT
See Psychology 410
Theology 1147PS COUNSELING THE ELDERLY
See Psychology 411
Theology 1148PS CAREER COUNSELING
See Psychology 412
Theology 1152 PS TREATMENT OF RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL DISORDERS
Use of clinical counseling and Christian thought in understanding disorders of the spiritual life; inability to pray, inability to feel forgiven, moral masochism, obsession on the unpardonable sin, impulse to blaspheme God, demon or devil possession, belief that one is divine ( Christ or a great saint).
Theology 1153 ADVANCED GROUP DYNAMICS 1
See Psychology 401
Theology 1154 ADVANCED GROUP DYNAMICS 2
See Psychology 402
Theology 1155P PASTORAL COUNSELING WITH HOMOSEXUALS
Gay and lesbian people relative to integrating full psychological health with a full spiritual and faith life.
Theology 1156S RELIGIOUS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Several spiritual autobiographies will be read with psychological and literary interpretation; value and limits of autobiography as a method of self-discovery; techniques and strategies used by autobiographers in the construction of a self; role of empathy in the reconstruction of earlier life experiences; students are expected to engage in their own autobiographical reflections as part of the course.
Theology 1157S ORIENTATION TO SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Basic principles, history and practice of spiritual direction; differences from pastoral counseling and psychotherapy; the function of director; discernment of spirits; process from both the psychological and theological dimension; theological and scriptural foundation.
Theology 1158S AMERICAN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE & SPIRITUALITIES
Examination of religious experience and search for holiness in American culture; focus on character of spirituality in America; Puritanism, revivalism, black spirituality; Social Gospel, utopian perfectionism, popular piety.
Theology 1159S PERSONALITY AND RELIGIOUS DEVELOPMENT
Psychological foundations of religion in human development and evaluation of religion during the life cycle; Erikson; object-relations theorists; Piaget, Kohlberg, Fowler and adult developmental theorists; developmental psychology and spirituality.
Theology 1160S MYSTICAL THEOLOGY
Relationship of mystical experience and doctrine; cross-cultural study of mysticism and an analysis of various philosophical, theological , natural and social scientific methods employed in the study of mysticism; Gnosticism, Kabbalah, Christian mysticism, Sufiism.
Theology 1161S MYSTICISM & THE SPIRITUAL QUEST
Mysticism is the yearning for direct contact with a transcendent reality; while present in many traditions, mysticism most notably developed in the monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Chrsitianity and Islam; it is found in the religious traditions of India, China, Japan and ancient Greece; explorations of the meanings, definitions, practices and common themes of mysticism found in various traditions by way of studying original texts.
Theology 1162S SPIRITUAL CLASSICS: 2ND TO 13TH CENTURY
Reading and reflection on works of Apostolic Fathers, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa, Pseudo-Dionysisus, early monastic authors, Augustine, Bernard, Hildegaard of Bingen, Franciscans, Dominicans, et al. Exploration of how student was affected by each and how these experiences may be conveyed to others.
Theology 1163S SPIRITUAL CLASSICS: 14TH TO 19TH CENTURY
Reading and reflection on works of Eckhart, Ruusbroee, Julian of Norwich, Catherine of Sienna, Martin Luther, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Ignatius of Loyola, Frances de Sales, John Wesley and Theresa of Lisieux. Exploration of how student was affected by each and how these experiences may be conveyed to others.
Theology 1164S SPIRITUAL WRITINGS OF TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
Life and writings in general; reading of the Divine Milieu, Hymn of the Universe and others; spiritual, psychological, emotional and perhaps mystical responses to these works; was the student changed in any way after these experiences.
The following Spiritual Theology courses ( Theology 1165-Theology 1175 inclusive ) may be taken from the School of Philosophy. However, the term paper must deal with the spiritual writings of the author.
Theology 1165S PLOTINUS
See Philosophy 305
Theology 1166S A&B ST. AUGUSTINE
See Philosophy 306A&B
Theology 1167S PSEUDO-DIONYSIUS
See Philosophy 307
Theology 1168S ST. BONAVENTURE
See Philosophy 310
Theology 1169S A&B ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
See Philosophy 311A&B
Theology 1170S ST. BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX
See Philosophy 312
Theology 1171S SCHELLING
See Philosophy 334
Theology 1172S SCHLEIERMACHER
See Philosophy 337
Theology 1173S KIERKEGAARD
See Philosophy 340
Theology 1174S EDWARDS
See Philosophy 343
Theology 1175S MARCEL
See Philosophy 352
Theology 1194P PASTORAL COUNSELING PRACTICUM 1
Theology 1195P PASTORAL COUNSELING PRACTICUM 2
Theology 1196S SPIRITUAL COUNSELING PRACTICUM 1
Theology 1197S SPIRITUAL COUNSELING PRACTICUM 2
Theology 1198 SP DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 6 credits )
Theology 1199 SP DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 6 credits )
Department of Religion
Theology 1200 METHODOLOGY IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION
Examination of basic methodological issues and problems in the cross-cultural study of religion; discussion of theories of religion from several points of view e.g. sociological, psychological, anthropological and structuralist; attention given to such philosophical problems associated with cross-cultural study of nature of rationality, relativity of knowledge and belief, nature of interpretation, functionalism and human behavior.
Theology 1201 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
Classical and current social theory; secularization; comparisons of institutions in societies; intergration of language and ritual; analysis of religious institutions and their functions in simple and complex social structures; Marx, Weber, Durkheim. Wuthnow, Corbett, Bellah.
Theology 1202 ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION
Various approaches to interpretation of religious beliefs and practices; Western and non-Western belief systems; function of religion in society; magic,divination; religion and social control and social change; symbols, myths, rituals, religious practitioner
Theology 1203 COMPARATIVE MYTHOLOGY
European, Asian, American and African mythology exemplified in various religions and heroic legends.
Theology 1204 RITUAL
Religious, life-cycle, ceremonial and everyday behavior; pilgrimage, sacrifice, initiation, death rituals.
Theology 1205 MIRCEA ELIADE & SYMBOLS
Survey of the writings of Eliade as they bear upon religious symbolism from prehistoric times to our day; the rise and fall of ritual and symbol; the cultural martrix.
Theology 1206 RELIGIONS OF AFRICA
Traditional religions of Africa; nature of God, creation myths, ancestors, religious leaders, problems of evil, sickness and death; Christianity and African religions; Jews and Islam; African Christian churches; influence of African religions outside of Africa.
Theology 1207 WORLD RELIGIOUS LITERATURE
Examination of classic novels and literature with religious themes; quests for transcendence, ultimate meaning, mystical experience, growth and healing.
Theology 1208 SECTS AND CULTS
Consideration of sects, cults, new movements from historical, social, cultural, and spiritual vantage points; religious right, Eastern religions, conversion. “brain washing,” “debriefing,” secular spirituality and T.V. evangelism.
Theology 1209 SECTS AND CULTS IN MODERN JUDAISM
Jewish fundamentalism in Israel and America; Gush Emunim, Habad, Hassidim, and B”nai Torah.
Theology 1210 ZIONISM AND THE STATE OF ISRAEL
Development of Jewish nationalism from its traditional and European origins through its culmination in modern state of Israel; readings from Zionist and Israeli literature for political , religious and philosophical impact.
Theology 1211 SECTARIAN MOVEMENTS
Major sectarian movements; Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Christian Science, Unification Church; self-understanding, cultual and theological origins; relation to mainstream Christianity.
Theology 1212 KORAN
Understanding of central document of Islamic revelation; conceptions of God; humanity, nature, community, holy law, prophethood, history, exchatology, cosmology; early Muslim theology; influence of Koran on Islamic thought and practice.
Theology 1213 ISLAMIC MYSTICISM
Mysticism in Islam from pre-Islamic roots through to present; examinatoin of texts of the Sufi masters.
Theology 1214 ISLAMIC LAW
Theology 1215 BUDDHISM
Origin of Buddhism, ethics, view of knowledge and being; Divine, Self, Salvation; monastacism, asceticism and missionary zeal; Buddhist Councils; differences and divisions: Theravada, Hinayana; Mahayana movement of Theravada: developments as a religion and culture; Mahayana theology and philosophy in writings of Nagaryuna; Buddhist Scriptures, Pali Triptika, Mahayana Sultras; development of Buddhism from India to Asia; Buddhism- universal quest for human spiritualization.
Theology 1216 ZEN BUDDHISM
Zen teachings and practices as a sect of Chinese and Japanese Buddhism; philosophic system and pattern of culture.
Theology 1217 CONFUCIANISM
Theology 1218 TAOISM
Tao te Ching; historical survey of Taoist traditions in China; philosophy of Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu and Han dynasty religion; early Taoist movements; religion in the Six Dynasties and Tang; Tong dynasty and modern Taoism.
Theology 1219 SHINTOISM
Theology 1220 HINDUISM
Readings in the Vedas and Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita; nature and development of Hinduism; d’harma (discipline) and Bhakti (devotion); asceticism and sensuality.
Theology 1221 CONTEMPORARY RELIGIOUS THOUGHT
Development of modern religious thought from Hume to the present; attention given to such topics as: religion as morality (Kant), as subjectivity ( Schleiermacher, Kierkegaard); as related to nature (Whitehead); as related to death (Tillich); as Naturalism (Santayana, Dewey); factors undermining religious authority.
Theology 1222 RELIGION AND PEACE
Survey of the writings of various religious traditions on the subject of peace; inner, community, global village; God; Baha’i; Chrisitian,;Buddhist, Hindu, Confucian and other traditions; examination of current peace documents of United Nations to see the influence of these traditions.
Theology 1223 RELIGION AND POLITICS
Movements in religion having a significant impact upon world politics; religious fundamentalism; Islamic militancy, Hindu revivalism, fundamentalist Christian movements in Latin American Roman Catholicism and Protestantism; current events.
Theology 1228 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )
Theology 1229 DISSERTATION SEMINAR ( 5 credits )