Courses

Fall Term: 2018

David Sherwood, DMin

AT 501: Introduction to Christian Spirituality

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Monday + Thursday, 9:40 am - 11:00 am

This course introduces students to the doctrinal and historical foundations of Ascetical Theology. It includes consideration of the doctrine of salvation and the human person, foundational elements of Christian spiritual practices, and an overview of key personalities and movements within the universal Christian tradition up to the Reformation. The course examines these matters with regard to the Anglican spiritual tradition past and present.

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Thomas N. Buchan III, PhD

CH 502: Reformation and Modern Church History

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Monday + Thursday, 9:40 am - 11:00 am

This course is a survey/overview of Church History, with focus on the Reformation and Modern periods. The objective of this course is for the student to gain a general grasp of Church History and of the relevance and importance of these periods of the Church’s life. While the Churches in Britain will be covered briefly, the indepth consideration of the English Reformation and the development of the Anglican Communion will be undertaken in CH 601. The goal of this course is to familiarize the student with the persons, movements and themes of this broad and important period

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Alexander Pryor, MDiv

CM 501: Introduction to Church Music

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Tuesday + Friday, 9:40 am - 11:00 pm

This course explores the history of Christian church music and introduces basic musical skills necessary for liturgical officiating. Each student is expected to become proficient in reading music, chanting, pointing collects and lessons, and an appropriate level of keyboard ability. The development of liturgical music from the early church to the present provides the framework for examining plainsong, Anglican chant, psalmody, and hymnody. Liturgical and musical terms are learned in their historical context.

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Nathaniel Jung-Chul Lee

HM 501H: Principles of Preaching

Course Dates: October 29 - December 14

An introduction to the craft of sermon preparation and delivery. The significance of preaching, the importance of exegetical research, and the value of image, story, and metaphor in proclaiming the Gospel are emphasized.  Students do a number of practical exercises to develop the different skills necessary for good preaching.

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Thomas L. Holtzen, PhD

HT 501: Patristic and Early Medieval Christian Theology

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Tuesday + Friday, 11:10 am - 12:30 pm

This, the first of two courses in historical theology, examines theology from the second through the twelfth centuries seeking to understand how certain figures, movements, and controversies have helped to shape the development of Christian theology. Special attention will be given to key Patristic theological works and to the Ecumenical Councils of the Church.

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Matthew S. C. Olver, PhD

LT 501: The History of Christian Worship

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Tuesday + Friday, 11:10 am - 12:30 pm

This course is an exploration of our liturgical tradition beginning with the Jewish antecedents. The purpose of the course is not simply to learn historical data, but to relate the tradition to its theological and pastoral context. The course is designed to provide a foundation for subsequent course work in liturgy.

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Alexander Pryor, MDiv

LT 530: Liturgy and Music Practicum

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18

This course explores the history of Christian church music and introduces basic musical skills necessary for liturgical officiating. Each student is expected to become proficient in reading music, chanting, pointing collects and lessons, and an appropriate level of keyboard ability. The development of liturgical music from the early church to the present provides the framework for examining plainsong, Anglican chant, psalmody, and hymnody. Liturgical and musical terms are learned in their historical context.

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Stephen D. Lake, PhD

MT 601: Moral Theology and Contemporary Issues

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Monday + Thursday, 11:10 am - 12:30 am

In this course students take the basic principles of Christian moral theology acquired in MT 501 and apply them to five main groups of issues in contemporary ethics. The historical treatment of various issues in the Christian and wider ethical tradition provides a backdrop for the class’s consideration of moral questions, and specific reference is made to General Convention resolutions and other ecclesiastical documents.

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J.D. Atkins, PhD

NT 501: Introduction to Biblical Greek 1

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Tuesday + Friday, 9:40 am - 11:00 pm

Greek 1 is an introduction to the rudiments of the Koiné Greek of the New Testament. Although significant vocabulary and a variety of morphological forms will be earned, the emphasis on this course will be on how the Greek language works, so that students will have proficiency analyzing the Greek text of the NT with the help of lexical and grammatical data that are easily
accessed by a Bible software program.

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Garwood P. Anderson, PhD

NT 511: Introduction to the New Testament - Jesus and the Gospels

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Monday + Thursday, 11:10 am - 12:30 am

The first course in the writings of the New Testament surveys the historical, religious, and social world of the New Testament, and introduces various critical and literary-theological methods for the study of the New Testament in general. The Gospels are then surveyed in terms of content, literary structure, critical issues, and theological emphasis. The underlying aim is to gain an understanding of the four unique portraits of Jesus provided in the canonical Gospels. The course also examines the development of the Christology of the New Testament and the modern debates about and constructs of a Historical Jesus as opposed to the Real Jesus of the four canonical portraits.

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Dennis Sylva, PhD

NT 511H: Introduction to the New Testament - Jesus and the Gospels

Course Dates: October 29 - December 14

The first course in the writings of the New Testament surveys the historical, religious, and social world of the New Testament, and introduces various critical and literary-theological methods for the study of the New Testament in general. The Gospels are then surveyed in terms of content, literary structure, critical issues, and theological emphasis. The underlying aim is to gain an understanding of the four unique portraits of Jesus provided in the canonical Gospels. The course also examines the development of the Christology of the New Testament and the modern debates about and constructs of a Historical Jesus as opposed to the Real Jesus of the four canonical portraits.

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Travis J. Bott, PhD

OT 501: Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Monday + Thursday, 11:10 am - 12:30 am

This course introduces students to the world of Biblical Hebrew, which is the primary language of the Old Testament. Elementary grammar concentrating on the alphabet, vowels, nouns and the verb system is emphasized, but attention is also given both to the
history of the Hebrew language and to English grammar.  Students will be able to engage basic Hebrew texts with the assistance of linguistic aids such as a Hebrew lexicon.

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Travis J. Bott, PhD

OT 511: Introduction to Old Testament 1

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Tuesday + Friday, 11:10 am - 12:30 pm

The primary emphasis for the course is to survey the Old Testament material from Genesis to 2 Kings. This course also introduces the student to the discipline of Old Testament Studies by examining and critiquing various methodological approaches to studying the Old Testament and learning exegetical principles for interpreting the Old Testament. Students will examine a canonical approach for appropriating the material theologically, learn how to apply the texts to the modern church and foster a Christian appreciation for the theological relationship between the Old and New Testaments.

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Matthew Lynch, PhD

OT 512D: Introduction to Old Testament 1

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18

This course is the hybrid-distance learning equivalent of Introduction to the Old Testament 1 and 2. It is designed to introduce students to the Old Testament as Christian Scripture for the ministry and mission of the church. After addressing key interpretive issues, the course surveys the contents of the Old Testament with a focus on the historical context, literary shape, and theological message of each book. At the end of the course, students should have a new appreciation for the Old Testament as an integrated whole, and for its potential as a resource for the Christian journey

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Matthew S. C. Olver, PhD

PM 601: Ministry in the Parish - Priesthood, Polity, Parish Dynamics

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Monday + Thursday, 9:40 am - 11:00 am

The second course in Pastoral Ministry takes up issues of praxis: (1) What does priestly ministry look like in a post-modern, post-Christendom age (including appropriate pastoral practice, ministerial ethics, discernment of call and/or departure, etc.)? (2) What do the Constitution and Canons and of the Episcopal Church (and/or other Anglican jurisdictions) have to say about the role of the priest in parish ministry (including relationships with the vestry, etc.)? (3) What are the dynamics in a parish (including systems, demographics/taxonomy and ministerial style) and how does one negotiate them? (4) What are the practical issues that will face a priest in everyday parish life (e.g., how to run a meeting, how to do strategic planning and program development, how to recruit and manage volunteers, how to raise and spend money, how to negotiate a contract, how to pay taxes as a clergyperson, etc.).

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Thomas L. Holtzen, PhD

ST 501: Systematic Theology I

Course Dates: August 30 - December 18
Schedule: Tuesday + Friday, 9:40 am - 11:00 pm

This, the first of two courses in Systematic Theology, gives an overview of particular Christian doctrines (Divine Revelation, Tradition, Reason, Faith, Creation, the Fall, the Trinity, the Incarnation, and Pneumatology) from their biblical foundations through their historical developments to their modern expressions. It understands Christian doctrine as, “What the Church of Jesus Christ believes, teaches, and confesses on the basis of the Word of God.” Particular attention is given to how Anglicans have understood and received these doctrines of the Christian faith and the role they play in the life of the individual and the Church.

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