Fall History, Theology, Ethics courses at AMBS

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Online Courses — Fall 2014

Christian Theology 1  HTE527E

Annual – Three hours – Jamie Pitts
This course will begin with the canonical portraits of Jesus, the doctrines concerning him that arose in the early church, and the centrality of the reign of God in his life and teaching. From there we will move into the development of Trinitarian thought. In this light, the course will explore revelation and the Bible, creation, human nature, and salvation.

Campus Courses — Fall 2014

Christian History 1  HTE501

Biennial — Three hours — Lois Barrett
A study of Christianity from its development in the context of Jewish and Graeco-Roman worlds to A.D. 1400. The course will give attention to doctrine, organization, worship, and spirituality, but it will concentrate on changing patterns of mission and the inculturation of Christianity into varied societies. It will attempt to study Christianity, not simply as a Western phenomenon, but in its many manifestations in Asia and Africa as well as Europe. Also meets the Church History requirement.

Anabaptist History and Theology  HTE520

Annual — Three hours — Jamie Pitts
A descriptive and analytic study of the settings, ideas, and personalities that shaped Anabaptism within the context of early sixteenth-century church and society. Bearing in mind the social and political setting, the course will highlight doctrine, ethics, mission, sacramental life, and spirituality in various streams of Anabaptism, noting their common and contrasting characteristics. The relevance of this heritage for contemporary ecumenical, doctrinal, congregational, and personal life will be assessed.

Christian Theology 1  HTE527

Annual – Three hours – Jamie Pitts
This course will begin with the canonical portraits of Jesus, the doctrines concerning him that arose in the early church, and the centrality of the reign of God in his life and teaching. From there we will move into the development of Trinitarian thought. In this light, the course will explore revelation and the Bible, creation, human nature, and salvation.

Peace Colloquium  HTE535

Each semester — One hour — David Miller
This colloquium is for MAPS and other students interested in peace and justice issues. It provides a setting for sharing information and concerns; for encouraging the integration of action, reflection, and prayer; and for nurturing a corporate identity. Meetings are primarily presentations and discussions of interest to participants. The colloquium serves as a forum for the research projects of advanced MAPS students. (It may run jointly with the Mission Colloquium.)

Philosophical Theology  HTE631

Biennial — Three hours — Andy Brubacher Kaethler
Students will examine some of the significant links between Western philosophy and Christian theology. Issues in philosophical theology include the nature and knowledge of God; the being and existence of God; the nature and authority of religious experience and language, of moral obligation, of tradition and Scripture, and of modern sciences; the problem of evil; and truth and religions

Seminar in Theology: Faith, Film, and Fiction  HTE634

Occasional — Three hours — Gayle Gerber Koontz
This seminar explores the role of story, image, and imagination in Christian theology and contemporary culture. Through conversation about works of fiction and film students will (1) identify why Christian ministers and teachers should give attention to these works; (2) evaluate how artists address theological issues and present religious people in fiction and film, assessing depictions of Jesus and subsidiary savior figures; (3) formulate ways in which their Christian faith has been deepened through creative work in film and fiction. Helpful to have taken Christian Theology 1.

Christian Attitudes Toward War, Peace, and Revolution HTE644

Annual — Three hours — Ted Koontz
A historical survey of the variety of ways of perceiving God’s will concerning war from the biblical times to the present. Special attention is given to common logical attitudes recurring in diverse cultural settings, to pacifist groups, and to the originality and implications of Jesus’ ministry.

Church and Race  HTE649

Occasional — Three hours — Malinda Berry
This course seeks to deepen awareness of the impact of systemic and interpersonal racism on the history and current life of the Christian church, to articulate a more just vision of the church, and to identify forms of resistance to racism compatible with an ethic of Christian nonviolence.