This course (1) provides a fundamental perspective with which to think theologically about culture and its formation and transformation, and (2) introduces an analytical framework and basic method with which to interpret any and every cultural artifact that one encounters. Major theories and key concepts relevant to the study of culture and of communication are surveyed. However, the principal aim of the course is enable students to develop a specifically Christian account of the significance of culture(s), and aptitude and acuity as theological interpreters of culture. Hence important biblical and theological themes (e.g., the locus of culture relative to the doctrines of creation, providence, redemption, especially eschatology; the kingdom of God; the imago Dei; the gospel, discipleship, mission) illumine and function as criteria for exercising discernment about cultural consumption, creative endeavors, and the like. Insights are gleaned from various theological traditions (e.g., patristic, Reformed, Lutheran, Anabaptist, Roman Catholic, liberal Protestant, liberationist, and postmodern interpreters).
Thus, the readings, lectures, and in-class exercises analyzing diverse expressions of contemporary culture (examining specific instances as "test cases") equip students to recognize--so as to engage, critically and constructively--the communication of meanings (inadvertent and intentional) manifest in the language and life of their communities and contexts, viewed as sociocultural systems. Students will demonstrate their aptitude with these acquired sensibilities and skills in the culminative course assignment: rendering a cultural analysis and theological account of a cultural artifact of their choosing.
This course covers the study of the person and work of Christ. It treats the nature of human beings regarded as individuals and as collectivities, as creatures and as sinners (the latter including original sin, the imputation of sin, and the nature and consequences of individual and corporate acts of sin). Attention then focuses on the Person of the Son incarnate and his atoning work, and on the application of the work of Christ by the Holy Spirit that runs from election through conversion and justification all the way to glorification.
“An analysis of the role played by the crucial concept of personhood in the contemporary bioethical debate against the background of philosophical and theological usage.” [Trinity Graduate School Catalog]
This course examines and evaluates an array of theoretical perspectives, models, and concepts employed in biblical, theological, philosophical, biomedical, and social-scientific scholarship, construing human personhood variously. Participants will engage in interdisciplinary research, analysis, and critical reflection on leading ideas and proposals, and formulate their own view of a selected topic, paying special attention to the implications of leading ideas, arguments, and practices for matters of ethics and bioethics.
This course examines the issues arising from the doctrine of Angels, Satan and Demons from biblical,
theological, historical and practical perspectives.