The Theology Department is divided into four areas—systematic theology, Christian ethics, philosophy, and history of doctrine.
Students enrolled in the MDiv program are required to take 12 credits in theology, including a foundational course covering the major Christian doctrines, emphasizing their biblical basis, evangelical focus, and Trinitarian scope.
They are also required to take two courses in theology, including one that focuses on a major theologian or church doctrine, and a minimum of 3 credits in philosophy or Christian ethics.
Ethics of the Ten Commandments explores the intersection of theology and ethics through an examination of the Ten Commandments and their significance for Christian life. Attention is given to such issues as the commandments in the public realm, Sabbath-keeping, and truth-telling. Some attention will also be given to cultural presentations of the Ten Commandments through books, movies, billboards, and television.
Issues in Human Sexuality examines biblical and theological, historical and contemporary Christian views of human sexuality regarding such topics as gender differences, human sexuality in marriage and single life, homosexuality, sexual misconduct and violence, and Christian education for adults and teenagers.
The Historical Jesus and Christology offers a critical and constructive exploration of issues generated by the so-called quest for the historical Jesus, including implications for doing Christology in our current cultural and ecclesiological contexts. Paying close attention to the first-century context, the course will cover a range of scholarly approaches with an emphasis on helping students engage in constructive theological reflection on the doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Empire and Capital—Theological Considerations analyzes theories of how imperial power, historically and in the present, intersect with capitalist modes of political economy. The primary focus is on theological concepts (e.g., the Kingdom of God, transcendence, creation, and the church) that might inform Christian engagement with political and economic forces of globalization today. Special attention will be given to United States nationalism and the use of military force in their complex interplay with factors of class, race, gender, and sexuality.
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