This course will trace the intellectual and religious passage to modernity through representative writings, including Schleiermacher’s lectures to the modern cultured despisers of religion. Most attention, however, will be given to the “postmodern turn” in art, literary theory, philosophy and theology. For some, this turn, which is marked by the collapse of the master narratives of the modern project and the death of a metaphysical God, is seen as a threat to the future of belief. Yet a growing number of postmodern thinkers explored in this course announce the return of the poet, the mystic, and the prophet, and with them, the return of a God beyond the God we have named.
Quaker History and Literature, QS 107, Steve Angell
This course aims to provide a student with a comprehensive and useful overview of Quaker history by acquainting them with diverse forms of Quaker literature. How can it be that our experience and understanding of Quakerism is shaped, or should be shaped, through an encounter with a range of Quaker primary source literature, both in terms of genre and in terms of historical period? This course also aims to introduce the student to a superb resource unavailable to previous generations of Quaker scholars, that of ESR’s on-line Digital Quaker Collection. 3 semester hours.
Theology and Preaching, PM 320, Phil Baisley
What is the role of theology in preaching? Is it possible to “do” theology in the pulpit without turning the worship experience into a dull, formal lecture? This course will engage students in reflection on theological issues from a homiletical perspective. It will also give students opportunities to preach sermons that are biblically based, theologically focused, and creatively developed. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: TS 101/101-O and PM 101/101-O
Introduction to the Old Testament, BS 101, Nancy Bowen
This course introduces students to the diversity of literary and theological traditions in the Old Testament. Attention will be given to the formation and role of these traditions in the context of the life and history of the people of Israel and to their function in contemporary life and faith. 3 semester hours.
Revelation and Spirit,TS 263, David Johns
Course description coming soon.
Fiscal and Resource Stewardship, LS 184, Adjunct
This course provides an introduction and exploration of what good stewardship means for congregations and religious not-for-profits. Topics will include congregational and denominational governance, budgeting, insurance, investments, human resources, physical plant and fundraising. 3 semester hours.
Spiritual Formation and the Mystical Tradition, SP 234, Carol Spencer
This course explores Christian mystical texts firsthand from the earliest centuries of Christianity into
the modern period. Students read short selections from one mystical writer a day over the course of the semester, and explore in more depth one mystical writer of their choice. Through careful reading, reflection, and discussion of primary writings of the widely diverse women and men who represent the Christian mystical tradition, students become acquainted with this experiential form of religion. The course is designed to aid, encourage and assist the spiritual formation of the student by deepening the experience of the active presence of the divine in their life. 3 semester hours.
Christian Ethics, TS 336, Lonnie Valentine
An examination of the Christian moral life and the theological convictions that animate it, including its understanding of the good, of conscience, the nature of humanity, and the faith community’s public witness. These proposals are considered in conversation with selected issues requiring careful and responsible Christian engagement, for example, war and peace, the environment, and genetic engineering. 3 semester hours.
Prerequisite: T/TS 101/101-O
Intro to Theological Reflection, T 101, Malinda Berry
This course is an introduction to theology as language that reflects on the activity and presence of God in our lives. Using a variety of theological texts, the course will examine both classic expressions of the Christian faith as well as ones that treat contemporary questions and problems. 3 semester hours.
Theopoetics, T 315, Scott Holland
Course description coming soon.
Intro to Preaching, M 120, Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm
This course introduces students to a basic understanding of the value and methods of preaching in ministry. Attention will be given to the application of biblical exegesis in the preparation of sermons, and students will be instructed and given opportunity to apply homiletical theory and skills necessary in preparing, presenting, and constructively criticizing different types of sermons. 3 semester hours.
Prophetic Voices in Preaching, M 326, Dawn Ottoni-Wilhelm
This course is designed to develop the students’ understanding and practice of prophetic preaching within the broader context of their overall ministry. Recognizing that prophetic preaching is a part of (and not apart from) pastoral preaching, students will study formative voices of the prophetic witness in Scripture, among recent preachers of various traditions, and as prophetic preaching relates to peace, simplicity and life in community practiced among Brethren and Friends.
Prerequisite: M 120 or M 125 or PM 101
New Testament Greek II, B 116, Dan Ulrich
As the sequel to New Testament Greek I, this course continues to introduce the basic elements of the language, including vocabulary and the grammar of participles and other nonindicative verb forms. By the end of this course, students are able to translate passages from the Greek New Testament with the aid of the lexicon. 3 semester hours.