Fall 2014 Courses
THEO 5015 | Teaching Theology
Dr. Christiana Z. Peppard
Classical and contemporary discussions on the practice of teaching theology, particularly as understood in the Roman Catholic tradition, introducing the field of professional theology and its relationship to other disciplines, and engaging in careful, critical reflection on the vocation of the teaching theologian.
THEO 5620 | Introduction to Systematic Theology
Dr. Terrence W. Tilley
An introduction to major schools and methods in contemporary systematic theology.
THEO 5820 | Introduction to the Old Testament
Dr. Harry P. Nasuit
THEO 6196 | Early Christian Ritual
Dr. Michael L. Peppard
This graduate seminar surveys the evidence for ritual practices in the first few centuries of Christianity. Through engagement with theoretical literature on ritual and identity formation, we will explore what can be known about early Christian practices and interrogate our means of knowing it. Much of the course will focus on the rituals of initiation and their diverse interpretations in ancient sources, but other topics will be covered as time allows. Prior study of early Christian history and/or New Testament is recommended.
THEO 6360 | Alexandrian Theology
Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, SJ
Reading and interpretation of selected writings of Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Athanasius, Didymus the Blind, and Cyril of Alexandria, against the background of the pagan and Jewish traditions of Alexandria.
THEO 6367 | Byzantine Christianity: History and Theology
Dr. George E. Demacopoulos
The graduate-level survey course introduces students to the theological ideas and historical transitions that captivated the minds of Eastern Christians from the 8th to the 15th centuries. Through a careful reading of primary sources (in English translation) and the scholarly debates about those sources, we will explore the Iconoclastic controversies, the expansion of Christianity to the Slavs, the experience of Christians living under Islamic authority, and a host of issues related to rupture between Eastern and Western Christianity. In most circumstances, successful completion of this course authorizes doctoral studnts in Theology to teach the undergraduate cognate course.
THEO 6606 | Theological Anthropology
Dr. Jeannine Hill Fletcher
THEO 6615 | Rahner, Lonergan, and Transcendental Method
Fr. Richard R. Viladesau
Lonergan and Rahner represent two distinctive approaches to what is frequently called "transcendental method" (although Lonergan had reservations about the term as applied to him). This course will examine Lonergan's often neglected but crucial philosophical work insight, along with Rahner's more specifically theological writings. The two will be compared with each other as well as with contemporary and post-modern critics.
THEO 6732 | Ethics and Economics
Dr. Barbara H. Andolsen
An examination of contemporary economic social issues with the aid of Catholic social teaching, and with a critical use of economic science. The social issues examined include-but are not limited to-poverty, pollution control, protectionism, unemployment, and inflation.
Spring 2014 Courses
THEO 5320 | Advanced Greek
Dr. Benjamin Dunning
This course includes both a rapid review of Greek grammar and syntax, and also intermediate/advanced readings from Hellenistic and/or early Christian texts.
THEO 5300 | History of Christianity I
Fr. Joseph T. Lienhard, SJ
Development of central concepts of Christianity from the Apostolic Fathers to the Reformation.
THEO 5890 | Introduction to the New Testament
Dr. Larry Welborn
History, literature, and religion of the New Testament, studied in the context of the time and circumstances that produced them.
THEO 6365 | Cappadocian Fathers
Dr. George Demacopoulos
A wide-ranging but analytic reading of the most important writings of Basil of Caesarea, Gregory Nazianzus and Gregory of Nyssa, with particular attention to the doctrine of the Trinity, to Christian anthropology, and to spirituality.
THEO 6461 | Mystical Theology
Dr. Robert Davis
Examines the influences of Neoplatonic philosophy and the writings of Pseudo-Dionvsius on medieval Latin Christianity, with attention to both "negative" theological language and reflection on the paths to and modes of union with God. Modern deconstructive, psychoanalytic, and feminist approaches to mysticism will also be considered.
THEO 6553 | Readings in American Religion
Dr. John Seitz
This course offers an historical study of theology in America that is attentive to contemporary discussions of theory, method, and historiography. Readings include primary and secondary sources in American theology and religious history from the coming of the Europeans to the 1980s. Topics may include: Colonialism and Borderlands Theologies, Puritanism, the American Enlightenment, Slave Religion, Evangelicalism, Transcendentalism, the Black Church, Immigrant Catholicism, New Thought, Mormonism, Social Gospel, Fundamentalism, U.S. Catholic Counterculture, Neo-Orthodoxy, U.S. Buddhism, Civil Rights, Liberation Theology, the Nation of Islam, and Eco-Theology.
THEO 6620 | God in Contemporary Theology
Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson
Contemporary rethinking of the doctrine of God in the context of modern atheism, secularism, and the encounter of world religions, seen in the light of the history of theology. Doctrine of the Trinity. Human knowledge of God. God and the world.
THEO 6630 | Church in Contemporary Theology
Dr. Bradford Hinze
Some contemporary ecclesiologies from the point of view of the Church's relationship with the world.
THEO 6735 | Ecological Ethics
Dr. Christiana Z. Peppard
This course considers the rise of ecological consciousness, environmental history, andethical reflection in light of western philosophical and theological traditions. It aims to provide students with substantial, foundational knowledge in twentieth and twenty-first century environmental thought as well as emerging approaches to global environmental problems.
THEO 5024 - Genesis in Hebrew
THEO 5070 - Elementary Coptic I
THEO 5600 - Introduction to Systematic Theology
THEO 5890 - Introduction to the New Testament
THEO 5892 - Hellenestic Greek Texts
THEO 6215 - First and Second Corinthians
THEO 6194 - History, Theory, & Christianity
THEO 6011 - Genesis in Judaism & Christianity
THEO 6031 - The Psalms
THEO 6026 - Second Temple Judaism
THEO 6196 - Early Christian Ritual
THEO 6198 - The Self in Early Christianity
THEO 6210 - Pauline Theology
THEO 6213 - Justice & Empire In St. Paul & Rome
THEO 6214 - Old Testament Theology
THEO 6216 - The Dead Sea Scrolls & the New Testament
THEO 6300 - The Apostolic Fathers
THEO 6311 - The Early Papacy
THEO 6365 - Cappadocian Fathers
THEO 6370 - St. Maximus the Confessor
THEO 6400 - Theological Anthropology and Human Diversity
THEO 6426 - St. Augustine of Hippo
THEO 6458 - Medieval Exegesis
THEO 6444 - Medieval Modernists
THEO 6462 - Dissenters & Heretics
THEO 6464 - The Reformation
THEO 6465 - Asceticism and Monasticism
THEO 6466 - Hagiography
THEO 6480 - Christianizing the Barbarians
THEO 6509 - Theology & Religious Pluralism
THEO 6541 - Modern Protestant Theology
THEO 6542 - Modern European Catholicism
THEO 6556 - Texts in American Theology
THEO 6600 - Modern Orthoox Theology
THEO 6616 - Contemporary Theology of the Trinity
THEO 6620 - God in Contemporary Theology
THEO 6621 - God in Comparative Theology
THEO 6631 - Missiology
THEO 6657 - The Eucharist and the World Today
THEO 6672 - Feminist Theology
THEO 6674 - Ecological Theology
THEO 6732 - Ethics and Economics
THEO 6733 - Theology & Science
THEO 6734 - The Beauty of Justice
THEO 6737 - God & the Mystery of Suffering
THEO 7222 - New Perspectives on Paul
THEO 7632 - Theology and Aesthetics
THEO 7730 - Liberation Theology
THEO 7731 - Religion & Revolution
THEO 7736 - Bioethics
THEO 7801 - Hermeneutics & Theology