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Course Descriptions: Moral Theology

The response of faith to classical questions of right and wrong as well as new issues raised by contemporary society make ethics a primary theological concern. In moral theology (theological ethics) courses, the role of Scripture in ethical decision-making, the nature of personhood, the ability to reason, the meaning of virtue, and the testimony of the Christian ethical tradition are investigated in the light of personal and global ethical concerns.

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.

MT509 God & Mammon: Business and Professional Ethics
A study of fundamental concepts and issues of business and professional ethics in the light of Christian ethics, including such topics as scriptural and church attitudes toward business, theological theories of economic justice, and corporations as moral agents. An Explorations in Theology course. Also offered as MT709. PR = none.

MT520 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.

 

MT525 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.

 

MT528 Violence, Vengeance and Virtue

An exploration of the religious, cultural and psychological roots of both personal and societal violence; the perceived need for vengeance when one is harmed by another; and the virtues and spiritual practices which counteract the tendencies for violence and vengeance.  PR/CR = none.

MT529 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. An Explorations in Theology course. Also offered as MT/729. PR = none.

MT531 Creation, Covenant and Ecology

A study of the ways in which the biblical concept of covenant among God, human beings and the land can be integrated with an ecological understanding of natural systems to envision a just and sustainable  future for all.  PR/CR = none.

MT600 Fundamentals of Theological Ethics
A survey of the major foundational themes in Christian ethics, such as sin and virtue, moral development, conscience and character, Scripture and ethics, and approaches to selected contemporary issues. PR/CR = TH601.

MT660 Theology of Marriage and the Family
A study of marriage and the family from social-scientific, theological, and ethical perspectives. Cross-listed as PT660. PR/CR = TH601.

MT673 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 H673. PR = TH601, MT600.

MT691 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 ST691. PR = TH601, MT600, ST601.

MT703 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 H703. PR = TH601.

MT709 God & Mammon: Business & Professional Ethics
A study of fundamental concepts and issues of business and professional ethics in the light of Christian ethics, including such topics as scriptural and church attitudes toward business, theological theories of economic justice, and corporations as moral agents. PR = TH601, MT600. Also offered as MT509. (PR = none.)

MT713 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 ST713. PR = TH601.

MT720 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.

MT721 Medical Ethics
A survey of fundamental issues in, and current theological perspectives on, topics such as abortion, euthanasia, treatment of terminal illnesses, the ethics of genetic research, patient rights, physician-assisted suicide, and justice issues in health-care delivery. PR = TH601, MT600.

MT725 Death and Dying in American Culture
An analysis of social and religious perspectives on death and attitudes toward dying in today's society. Cross-listed as ST725. PR = TH601.

MT728 Violence, Vengeance and Virtue

An exploration of the religious, cultural and psychological roots of both personal and societal violence; the perceived need for vengeance when one is harmed by another; and the virtues and spiritual practices which counteract the tendencies for violence and vengeance.  PR/CR = TH601.

MT729 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. Cross-listed as ST729. PR = TH601, MT600 or ST601. Also offered as MT529. (PR = none.)

MT731 Creation, Covenant and Ecology

A study of the ways in which the biblical concept of covenant among God, human beings and the land can be integrated with an ecological understanding of natural systems to envision a just and sustainable  future for all.  PR = TH601 and wither BS600 or MT600.

MT735 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 ST735. PR = TH601 and either MT600 or ST601.

MT739 Ethics in the New Testament
An analysis of selected passages and themes from the New Testament and their significance for the life of discipleship and for contemporary moral issues. Cross-listed as BS739. PR = BS600, TH601, MT600, and BS622 or equivalent.

MT742 Peace and War in the Hebrew Bible
An examination of the theological, social, and political dimensions of peace and war in the Hebrew Bible. Cross-listed as BS742. PR = BS600, TH601, and either BS621, BS625, or BS630.

MT747 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.

MT751 Christian Social Ethics
An examination of scriptural, theological, and ethical principles of Christian social thought with an emphasis on current ecclesiastical statements and ecumenical approaches to social issues. PR = TH601, MT600.

MT754 The Hungry, the Homeless, and the Church
An exploration of hunger and homelessness, with attention to theological perspectives, sociological analysis, and models of ministry. Cross-listed as PT754. PR/CR = TH601.

MT755 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 ST755. PR = TH601, MT600, ST601.

MT756 The Gospels and Social Justice
A study of social justice themes in the four gospels and their application to contemporary social problems. Cross-listed as BS756. PR = BS600, TH601, and either BS622 or BS635.

MT757 Ethics and Social Justice in the Hebrew Bible
An examination of ethical and social justice themes in the Hebrew Bible and their application to contemporary issues. Cross-listed as BS757. PR = BS600, TH601, and either BS621, BS625, or BS630.

MT794 Seminar in Moral Theology
A seminar on a topic in moral theology/theological ethics. PR = BS600, TH601, MT600, and at least one additional MT course, or matriculation in the C.A.S. program.

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