Systematic Theology

Systematic theology is the careful analysis of the philosophical implications and the doctrinal content of faith as expressed in the creeds, doctrines, and theological writings of the Christian tradition. Confessional diversity is acknowledged and explored in the systematic theology courses of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology. Constructive dialogue and mutual understanding are intended to foster appreciation of the faith of others as well as one’s own.

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. Matriculated certificate and degree candidates may take only 600- and 700-level courses.

ST518 The Writings of C.S. Lewis

An analysis of the theological writings of C.S. Lewis and a consideration of his apologetic methods. An Explorations in Theology course. Also offered as ST718. PR = none.

ST525 Death and Dying in the American Culture

An analysis of social and religious perspectives on death and attitudes toward dying in today’s society.  PR/CR = none.

ST529 The Theology and Ethics of Bonhoeffer

An historical analysis of the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, with a focus on his work in the areas of Christian theology and ethics. Also offered as MT/ST729. PR = none.

ST546 Miracles in the Judeo-Christian Tradition

An exploration of the criteria that define various events as miraculous; scientific, philosophical and theological arguments for and against miracles; and miracles in the Old and New Testaments, as well as miracles in other world religions. PR/CR = none.

ST582  Christianity and its Critics

A survey of critics of Christianity from the early church to the present, including such figures as Celsus, Hume, Nietzsche, Freud, Hitchens, in order to understand, evaluate and respond to their critiques. PR/CR = none.

ST601 Foundations of Systematic Theology

A survey of basic theological topics, such as revelation, the Triune God, sin and grace, Christ, salvation, and the church, with attention to theological method and historical development. PR/CR = TH601.

ST605 The History of Theological Systems

An encounter with systematic theology as illustrated by representative theologians in the history of Christian doctrine. Cross-listed as H605. PR = TH601, ST601.

ST611 The Person and Work of Jesus Christ

A study of the person and mission of Jesus Christ in the light of biblical, patristic, medieval, and contemporary systematic reflection. PR = TH601, ST601.

ST623 Theological Uses of Philosophy

A study of the role of philosophical thinking and of major philosophers in theology. PR = TH601.

ST625 Judaism and Christianity: Two Types of Faith

A survey of similarities and differences in Jewish and Christian understandings of God, salvation, messiah, Scripture, incarnation, and other foundational concepts. Cross-listed as ES625. PR = TH601; ST601 recommended.

ST640 Christian Visions of Humanity

A biblical and theological examination of human existence, focusing on doctrines such as creation, sin, grace, incarnation, sanctification, and hope. PR = TH601, ST601.

ST650 Laughter and God: The Place of Humor in Christianity

A study of the role of humor in the Bible, theology, and Christian life. PR = TH601.

ST680 God and Science

An examination of the relationship of religion and science in the West from the 18th-century enlightenment to the present. Also offered as an Explorations in Theology course. PR = none.

ST690 Perspectives in Roman Catholic Theology

A survey of the task, methods, sources, and principal doctrines of Roman Catholic theology, including God and the Trinity, the church and grace, liturgy and sacraments, and eschatology. PR = TH601, ST601.

ST691 Contemporary Roman Catholic Ecclesiology and Ethics

An in-depth study of the nature, ministry, and mission of the church in Catholic teaching as the context for examining current issues. Cross-listed as MT691. PR = TH601, MT600, ST601.

ST705 Augustine of Hippo

A study of Augustine’s theology, preaching, and impact on Western Christianity. Cross-listed as H705. PR = TH601, H601.

S7T06 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 H706. PR = TH601, ST601.

ST707 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 H707. PR/CR = TH601.

ST713 The Theology and Ethics of Hospitality

An examination of the biblical, theological, and moral aspects of hospitality and their relation to contemporary moral and political issues. Cross-listed as MT713. PR = TH601.

ST718 The Writings of C.S. Lewis

An analysis of the theological writings of C.S. Lewis and a consideration of his apologetic methods. PR/CR = TH601. Also offered as ST518. (PR = none.).

ST721 The Triune God

An exploration of the Christian approach to the mystery of God as Triune, including its biblical roots, the theological tradition, and contemporary voices. PR = TH601, ST601.

ST722 Theologies of Atonement

A survey of Christian teaching about the atonement and its implications for ministry, considering questions of God’s justice or punishment, living morally, and victory over sin, death, and evil. PR = TH601, ST601.

ST723 Dreams and Divinity

A theological history of the idea of dreams as revelation. PR/CR = TH601.

ST724 The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit

A biblical, historical, and theological study of the person and mission of the Spirit. PR = TH601, ST601.

ST725 Death and Dying in American Culture

An analysis of social and religious perspectives on death and attitudes toward the dying in today’s society. Cross-listed as MT725. PR = TH601.

ST734 Orthodox Christianity

An introduction to the historical, theological, spiritual, and liturgical dimensions of Orthodoxy and its branches. Cross-listed as ES734. PR = TH601.

ST735 The Church in a Post-Christian Context

A review of trends in thinking about the identity and mission of the Church after Christendom and in the context of postmodernism. Cross-listed as MT735. PR = TH601 and either MT600 or ST601.

ST745 Perspectives in Black Theology

A survey of the work of black theologians, including Martin Luther King, Jr., James Cone, and J. Deotis Roberts, and a consideration of their contributions to black identity and contemporary theology. PR = TH601, ST601.

ST746 Miracles in the Judeo-Christian Tradition

An exploration of the criteria that define various events as miraculous; scientific, philosophical and theological arguments for and against miracles; and miracles in the Old and New Testaments, as well as miracles in other world religions. PR/CR = TH601.

ST747 The Resurrection of Jesus and Christian Discipleship

A biblical and theological examination of the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection and its significance for Christian life, with emphasis on the vocation of the church in the world.  PR = Th601 and either MT600 or ST601.

ST751 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 H751. PR/CR= TH601.

ST755 God and the Problem of Evil

A course that addresses the question, If God is all-good, all-knowing, and all-powerful, then why does evil exist? Cross-listed as MT755. PR = TH601, MT600, ST601.

ST761 Roman Catholic Sacramental Theology and Canon Law for Pastoral Ministers

A study of sacramental theology, ecclesiology, and relevant aspects of canon law for those who will engage in parish pastoral ministry. Cross-listed as PT761. PR = TH601 and either ST690 or ST691.

ST582  Christianity and its Critics

A survey of critics of Christianity from the early church to the present, including such figures as Celsus, Hume, Nietzsche, Freud, Hitchens, in order to understand, evaluate and respond to their critiques. PR = TH601.

ST794 Seminar in Systematic Theology

A seminar on a topic in systematic theology. PR = BS600, TH601, ST601, and at least one additional ST course, or matriculation in the C.A.S. program.