The development of the beliefs, organization, and socio-political character of the Christian communities both in the East and the West is explored in the history courses of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute. The roots of our shared religious past as well as the rich heritage of ethnic and denominational traditions are explored as helpful resources for our contemporary self-understanding.
Note the following abbreviations: PR = prerequisite; CR = corequisite; PR/CR = either a prerequisite or a corequisite. Corequisites may be taken either at the same time as or before the course listed. Prerequisites and corequisites may be waived only with the permission of the Dean and the instructor.
H511 The American Religious Experience
A survey of the historical traditions, recent trends, contemporary experiences, and popular spirituality of varied American religious communities from the early 17th century to today. Cross-listed as ES511. PR/CR = TH601.
H520 The Church and the Civil Rights Movement
An historical, theological and socio-cultural analysis of some of the major people, places and events of the Civil Rights movement, with particular focus on the implications of the movement for the contemporary church. PR = none.
H552 Classics of Christian Spirituality: Medieval to Modern
A discussion of texts by spiritual writers from the 12th century to the present day. Also offered as H752. PR = none.
H601 The Early Christian Church
A survey of the development of Christianity from the age of the apostles to the Council of Chalcedon. PR/CR = TH601.
H602 Medieval Church History
A study of the major historical and theological developments of the Christian church from the early Middle Ages to the Reformation. PR/CR = TH601.
H603 Modern Church History
A survey of the history of Christianity from the 16th-century Reformations to the present. PR/CR = TH601.
H605 The History of Theological Systems
An encounter with systematic theology as illustrated by representative theologians in the history of Christian doctrine. Cross-listed as ST605. PR = TH601, ST601.
H645 The Formation of the Biblical Canon
An investigation of the process, including theological conflicts, that led to the reception of certain texts as Scripture during the first five Christian centuries. Cross-listed as BS645. PR/CR = BS600, TH601, and at least one additional BS course.
H669 Study Tour: The Cities of Paul and John
A study trip to Turkey and Greece to visit the sites and explore the contexts related to the writings of the Apostle Paul and John the Seer, the author of the Book of Revelation. Cross-listed as BS669. PR/CR = BS600, TH601 (or permission of instructor).
H673 War and Peace in the Christian Tradition
A survey of major theological writings in which Christian attitudes toward war and peace are presented. Cross-listed as MT673. PR = TH601, MT600.
H680 Study Tour: Art and Spirituality
A tour of sites in one or more countries that show the historical and contemporary connections between artistic masterpieces and the spiritual life. Cross-listed as SP680. PR = none.
H703 The Life and Writings of Martin Luther King, Jr.
An historical, theological, and socio-cultural analysis of King’s writings, with attention to influences on his thought and to his legacy. Cross-listed as MT703. PR = TH601.
H705 Augustine of Hippo
A study of Augustine’s theology, preaching, and impact on Western Christianity. Cross-listed as ST705. PR = TH601, H601.
H706 Reformation Theologies
A study of mainline and dissenting theological perspectives in the 16th century and their enduring ecumenical significance, including Lutheran, Reformed, Anglican, Roman Catholic, and “left wing” or “radical Reformation” views. Cross-listed as ST706. PR = TH601, ST601.
H707 The Anglican Tradition and Ethos
An historical and theological exploration of the Anglican ethos and polity as truly Catholic, reformed, and evangelical. Cross-listed as ST707. PR/CR = TH601.
H711 The American Religious Experience
A survey of the historical traditions, recent trends, contemporary experiences, and popular spirituality of varied American religious communities from the early 17th century to today. Cross-listed as ES711. PR/CR = TH601.
H719 American Catholicism
An historical survey of Roman Catholicism in the U.S. from colonial times to the present, comparing and contrasting influences on the American church with the European situation and other denominations in the U.S., with emphasis on the roles of immigration and pluralism. PR/CR = TH601.
H720 The Church and the Civil Rights Movement
An historical, theological and socio-cultural analysis of some of the major people, places and events of the Civil Rights movement, with particular focus on the implications of the movement for the contemporary church. PR/CR = TH601.
H731 The Black Churches in America
A study of the nature and development of black churches in American culture from their roots in slavery to their vital role in contemporary American life. PR/CR = TH601.
H737 Leaders of the Black Churches
A study of major leaders in the black church tradition and their contributions to American religious and political life, with an analysis of the qualities necessary for leadership in the contemporary church. PR/CR = TH601.
H743 Jews in the Christian Imagination
An historical examination of literary and graphic images of Jews as portrayed by Christians from the early church to today, including recent statements and movies. Cross-listed as ES743. PR = TH601 and either H601, H602, or H603.
H744 Early Christian Martyrs & Imperial Persecution
A study of the history, theology, and commemoration of Christian martyrs through the fourth century. PR = TH601, H601.
H751 John Wesley and the Methodist Tradition
An introduction to Wesley and the various churches and movements that continue his spiritual, theological, and ethical tradition. Cross-listed as ST751. PR/CR= TH601.
H752 Classics of Christian Spirituality: Medieval to Modern
A discussion of texts by spiritual writers from the 12th century to the present day. Cross-listed as SP752. PR/CR = TH601.
H758 A History of the Devil: A Guided Tour
An interdisciplinary look at the concept of the demonic in its many manifestations from the Ancient Near East literature to the present. PR = TH601.
H760 Early Christian Spirituality
An examination of spirituality in the second to fifth Christian centuries through an exploration of the lives of early Christian men and women who pursued prayer, scriptural meditation, and service to others. Cross-listed as SP760. PR = TH601, H601.
H761 Women in the Early and Medieval Church
An examination of the lives and writings of ancient and medieval women of faith, using both primary sources and recent scholarship. PR = TH601 and either H601 or H602.
H794 Seminar in Church History
A seminar on a topic in church history. PR = BS600, H601, TH601, and at least one additional H course, or matriculation in the C.A.S. program.