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Woods College of Advancing Studies


Fall 2015

ADTH 100101  Biblical Heritage I: Old Testament
ADTH100101 Syllabus
An introduction to the literature, religious ideas and historical setting of the Hebrew Bible. The focus is on major biblical concepts such as creation, election and covenant in the pentateuch, historical and prophetic books.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 3–Dec 17, John Darr

ADTH 1016  Introduction to Christian Theology I
ADTH101601 Syllabus - Prof Weiss
ADTH101602 UPDATED Syllabus
- Prof Severson - ONLINE
This course considers significant questions in conversation with some of the most important writings in the tradition of Western Christian thought. Its purpose is to encourage students by drawing systematically on primary sources of historical significance to  uncover the roots of the Christian faith and life and to delineate the values for which this tradition of faith stands.
ADTH101601, Tue 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, James Weiss
ADTH101602, Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Eric Severson ONLINE

ADTH 300001  Conciliar Traditions of the Catholic Church I: From Jerusalem to Lateran V
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-making, 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, Sept 1–Dec 15, Boyd Coolman

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