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FALL 2018THEOLOGY TIER I100.001/002/003/004Christian TheologySvebakken, HansThis course surveys major topics in Christian theology using Alister McGrath's Theology: TheBasics (4th ed.; Wiley-Blackwell, 2018) as a guide. Preliminary considerations will includesurveying major periods in the history of Christian theology and identifying major resources fortheology (especially the Christian Bible). Focus then shifts to a survey of topics followingMcGrath's outline of chapters: Faith, God, Creation, Jesus, Salvation, Spirit, Trinity, Church,Sacraments, and Heaven. In connection with each topic, students will read relevant excerptsfrom the Christian Bible and supplemental readings available through Sakai. Students will alsoencounter course topics, in various ways, in the context of literature and film. Consideration willalso be given to contemporary debates regarding religion and science, especially the questionof human origins. Students themselves will contribute to course content—illustrating the rangeof thinkers and topics in the Christian theological tradition—through "Meet a Theologian"research projects involving brief in-class presentations.100 .005Christian TheologyJon HatterI believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth,And in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord,Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary,Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried,He descended into hell, and on the third day he rose again from the dead,He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty,From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.I believe in the Holy Spirit,The holy catholic Church,The communion on saints,The forgiveness of sins,The resurrection of the body,And life everlasting.Amen.The above text, known as the Apostles’ Creed, is a statement of the most foundational beliefsin Christianity, agreed upon by most (if not all) mainline Christian denominations. As anintroductory study of Christian theology and belief, this course will follow the same basicframework as the Creed, exploring and answering the same questions: Who is God? Who isJesus Christ? Who/what is the Holy Spirit? What are the functions of these entities and how dothey relate to one another? We will work through these questions (and several others) using anumber of different interpretive lenses (Christian scriptures, theological and liturgical texts, art,etc.) in order to come to a well-rounded understanding of the Christian tradition and its place inthe contemporary world.PLEASE REFER TO LOCUS FOR FURTHER DETAILS

FALL 2018THEOLOGY TIER I100 .006/007/008Christian TheologyO'Connell,LaurenThis course seeks to introduce students to the sources, methods, and tenants of ChristianTheology. Organized around a number of topics within Christian Theology, this course willbegin by exploring some of the foundational teachings of the Christian tradition through history(from their basis in Biblical text to modern day conceptions), move towards the application ofthose teachings over time, incorporating a variety of voices from both within and outside of thetradition. Utilizing a variety of media (music, art, literature, etc.) and a multiplicity ofperspectives (feminist, liberationist, etc.), we will examine theological topics including (but notlimited to) the relationship between God and human beings, the problem of evil, the intersectionbetween the religious and the political, the divine in nature and art, and the ethical implicationsof Christian teachings (with particular emphasis on the Social Justice tradition).100 .009Christian TheologyCalpino,Teresa“Introduction to Christian Theology-A Woman’s Perspective”Theology is thinking about how human beings relate to one another as much as it is thinkingabout God. The vast majority of the Christian intellectual tradition uses the male perspective toconverse about what it means to be human in a global, political, social, and cultural context.However, since women comprise half of the global population, this course will seek to drawstudents into a dialogue with important female voices throughout history to promoteengagement with the “big ideas” of Christian theology. We will also use these ideas to analyzeand critique the concerns of our own time including race, gender, the environment, religiouspluralism, and technology. A good metaphor for the type of engagement this course promotesis pilgrimage, which can be defined as creating an intentional space to promote a sharedreflection on the meaning of our most deeply held religious, personal, and cultural values.100 .010Kemp,MatthewChristian TheologyThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theologyin its effortsto understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theologyin thecontemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues.PLEASE REFER TO LOCUS FOR FURTHER DETAILS

FALL 2018THEOLOGY TIER I100 .011Christian TheologyNajeeb T. HaddadThis course is an introduction to the Christian theological tradition. Students will be introducedto the main texts and sources for Christian theology (Scripture; creeds; conciliar and doctrinalsources; contemporary reflections), to the various dimensions of theological reflection(historical, doctrinal, liturgical), and will consider the task of theology in the contemporary world.We will study the sources, the issues and the approaches that resulted in the development ofcentral Christian beliefs such as God, the person of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, doctrines of theTrinity, the Incarnation, salvation and grace, and the nature of the church. The student willlearn how theology is constructed, how various points of view exist on basic issues of Theologyboth in history and today. Through reading, discussion and analysis of primary and secondarytexts from the Christian theological traditions, we will become aware of the foundations oftheology, its present questions and how current Christian theologians address the presence ofthe Divine, and the meaning of Jesus Christ, in the world today.100 .012Loving,JohnChristian TheologyThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theologyin its effortsto understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theologyin thecontemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues.100 .014Blosser,AndrewChristian TheologyThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theologyin its effortsto understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theologyin thecontemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues.100 .015Adaja,PaulChristian TheologyThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theologyin its effortsto understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theologyin thecontemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues.PLEASE REFER TO LOCUS FOR FURTHER DETAILS

FALL 2018THEOLOGY TIER I100 .016Torbeck,JacobChristian TheologyThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theologyin its effortsto understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theologyin thecontemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues.100 .017Andrews,RobertChristian TheologyThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theological tradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christian theologyin its effortsto understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, various challenges to theologyin thecontemporary world, and will focus on one or more current theological issues.100 .018Christian TheologyShane Patrick GormleyHow do you understand the world? What inspires you and excites your curiosity? Where areyou, and what do you think your role is there? How do you relate to the person sitting next toyou? Christian Theology is about more than God—it is a lens through which Christians look atthe world and a foundation for answering questions like these. This course approachesChristian Theology as a worldview—a unique understanding of reality that informs and directsthe way people perceive and interact with the world and one another. For Christians, thisworldview is informed by the self-disclosure of God in Jesus Christ, in the witness of Scriptureand a rich Christian tradition, and in the world we walk through day by day. Together in thisclass, we will listen to many voices within a 2,000 year conversation about God, the world, andhuman nature in order to articulate, understand, and evaluate a Christian understanding ofreality, and by participating in that conversation you will be equipped to judge for yourself itsrelevance for private and public life in the twenty-first century.100 .019Christian TheologyDickinson,ColbyThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theologicaltradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christiantheology in its efforts to understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, variouschallenges to theology in the contemporary world, and will focus on one or more currenttheological issues.PLEASE REFER TO LOCUS FOR FURTHER DETAILS

FALL 2018THEOLOGY TIER I100 .024Christian TheologyRobert AndrewsThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theologicaltradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christiantheology in its efforts to understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, variouschallenges to theology in the contemporary world, and will focus on one or more currenttheological issues.100 .025Christian TheologyStewart Lester,OliviaThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theologicaltradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christiantheology in its efforts to understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, variouschallenges to theology in the contemporary world, and will focus on one or more currenttheological issues.100 .026Christian TheologyOkorie,FerdinandThis course is an introduction to reflection on and analysis of the Christian theologicaltradition.Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate understanding of the tasks of Christiantheology in its efforts to understand the human situation from the perspective of faith, variouschallenges to theology in the contemporary world, and will focus on one or more currenttheological issues.PLEASE REFER TO LOCUS FOR FURTHER DETAILS

FALL 2018THEOLOGY TIER I107 . 001/ 012Introduction to Religious Studies: Dao, Torah, and Cross: Finding the Way of ReligionWetzel, ThomasFor many people raised in the modern West, religion is a set of private beliefs or personalethical commitments. This view, however, is very different from historic understandings ofreligion; it also differs from the ways in which many religions understand themselves yet today-as a way of life or a set of coherent practices that shape how one thinks and how oneevaluates the world.Three major contemporary religions--Daoism, Judaism, and Christianity--use the concept of"the way" to describe their work in the world. Implied in this is a method and practice of life thatshape one's relationship to the sacred and suggest that religion is about a path or a method formoving through the world. Using these three religions as our primary sources of exploration, wewill look at how communally-shared religious practices shape belief, form ethical views, andmost importantly, transform the world. In the process, we may discover a new and deeperunderstanding of what it means to be religious.107 .004,005,006 Intro to Religious StudiesBret LewisThis course is an introduction to the academic study of religion and its related theory andmethodological approaches. In a sense, this class will utilize a “theory and case studyapproach” whereby classical and post-modern theories of religion will be evaluated in light ofreligion’s diverse manifestations. Central to this course is problematizing the category “religion”i.e. how do we understand the category of religion in light of global religious diversity? As aresult, this course will draw from a number of religious traditions including, but not limited to,Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese Religion and Native Americanreligion. The field of religious studies defines itself as interdisciplinary and this course will followsuit by drawing on resources from anthropology, psychology, political science, sociology,economics, biology, gender studies, history, and philosophy.107 .010/011 Intro to Religious StudiesAmy ShevitzIn this course, we will be examining many facets of the study of religion. We will ask: what isreligion? What questions does it ask, and what range of answers does it give? We will look atthe way religion is practiced, exploring the major traditions of both the East (Hinduism,Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism) and the West (Judaism, Christianity, Islam). We will readsome religious texts, learning how both adheren