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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Theology

SPRING 2015


ADTH 100101  Biblical Heritage I: Old Testament
An introduction to the literature, religious ideas and historical setting of the Hebrew Bible. Focus is on major biblical concepts such as creation, election and covenant in the pentateuch, historical and prophetic books.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, John Darr

ADTH 101701  Introduction to Christian Theology II: Shaping Cultural Traditions
ADTH101701 Syllabus
What does it mean to be good? Is it possible to be both good and happy, both good and successful? Is morality subjective or are there clear ways to regulate it? How can we balance the individual and the community in our moral struggles? This course examines eight traditions of morality and ethics: existentialist, utilitarian, Catholic, Protestant, Christian feminist, Black theology, rights theories, and Aristotle. Students apply classic and modern thinkers to contemporary ethical problems emphasizing current events and movies. Interactive discussion emphasized so students discover the sources of values that formed their lives and develop a perspective for themselves and their futures.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, James Weiss

ADTH 300001  Conciliar Traditions of the Catholic Church I: From Jerusalem to Trent
ADTH300001 Syllabus
This course is the first in a two-course sequence, which offers a comprehensive introduction to the conciliar tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. This first course covers the period beginning with the first-century Council of Jerusalem and ending with the sixteenth-century Council of Trent, offering an historically-schematized overview of the ecumenical and Catholic councils of the period in question. This course attends to the evolution of councils as a means for church governance, decision-mnaking, and conflict resolution. It also attends to the central doctrinal developments which the councils generated, including such doctrines as the Trinity, Christology, Eucharist, Church, papacy, sin-grace. Finally, the course situates these conciliar traditions within their wider historical, political, and cultural contexts. In this way, the course provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of the Catholic church and its central theological tenets.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 13–May 5, Boyd Coolman



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