Fall History, Theology and Ethics courses at AMBS

Online courses    • Campus courses

Online Courses — Fall 2015

Christian Attitudes: War, Peace, Revolution  HTE644E

Three hours — Janna Hunter-Bowman
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.

Christian History 2  HTE502E

Three hours — Jamie Pitts
A critical survey of Christianity (A.D. 1300 to the present), comparing the legacies of Byzantium and Rome, assessing the varieties of Reforming movements (Lutheran, Reformed, Anabaptist, Anglican, Roman Catholic; pietist, charismatic, liberationist, etc.). Students will explore major changes and continuities within Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Protestantism in the context of nation formation, and the development of a globally dispersed and diverse Christianity. Also meets the Church History requirement.

Theology and Religious Pluralism  HTE624E

Three hours — Gayle Gerber Koontz

How should Christians respond to those who have other religious faiths? How should we assess the theological view known as “religious pluralism”? In addition to exploring one contemporary religious stance divergent from their own, students will seek to develop a theology of religions that takes Christian revelation and other religious experience seriously and that provides a basis for encounters with people whose beliefs and commitments are different from their own.

Campus Courses — Fall 2015

Christian Theology 1  HTE527

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.

Christianity in Canada and the US  HTE603

Three hours — Lois Barrett

A critical and comparative survey of the multiple related stories of the North American churches and movements, noting developments in practice and thought, and points of similarity and difference. A heavier emphasis will be placed on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Creation Care: Theology, Ethics and Spirituality  HTE531

Three hours — Malinda Berry
This course is about listening carefully and deeply as Creation groans in travail. Our practice of faithful listening involves spending time with four major themes: the intersection of place and spirituality, the theological context of creation care, the ethical and economic frameworks of eco-justice, and creation care practices in the church. Some sessions will be held at Goshen College’s Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center in Wolf Lake, Ind.; others will be on the AMBS campus.  Students will be expected to participate in the Rooted and Grounded conference, October 1-3 at AMBS.

Witness Colloquium  HTE534

One hour — Janna Hunter Bowman
This colloquium is for MAPS and other students interested in peace and justice issues related to the church’s witness with regards to nonviolence and its interaction with other religions. It provides a setting for sharing information and assessing aspects of the church’s witness; for encouraging the integration of discernment, action, reflection, and evaluation as they relate to the witness of peace and justice; and for nurturing a corporate identity as Christian witnesses. Meetings are primarily presentations and discussions of interest to participants. The colloquium serves as a forum for the research projects of advanced MAPS students. Students must register to receive credit, but students may attend without registering.

Thinking Ethically  HTE541

Three hours — Malinda Berry
How should Christians respond to violence, health care, and creation care issues? What choices face us regarding sexuality and systemic racism? We will use a case studies approach to deepen students‘ ability to think ethically. The course also outlines major approaches to ethics and decision-making and how they interface with Christian faith and theology. Taking an Anabaptist-Mennonite approach to ethics, students will also focus on the role of Scripture, Jesus, and the church in ethical reasoning and reflection.

What about the Bible? The Authority of Scripture  HTE640

Three hours — Ben Ollenburger
From its inception, the church has regarded Scripture—first the Old Testament and then the Christian canon—as indispensable to its faith and life. However, the church’s understanding of Scripture’s authority has varied. This course will examine views from the early and medieval church, the Reformation, and the modern and contemporary periods, paying particular attention to Mennonite statements from 1632 to 1995. We will consider the challenges posed and resources offered by such movements as historical criticism and feminism. Readings will be drawn from confessional statements, systematic theologies, and other monographs and essays. Students will articulate and refine their own disciplined views of Scripture’s authority. Prerequisite: one course in theology (HTE department).