Fall History, Theology and Ethics courses at AMBS
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.
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
Students will engage in understanding their connection to God and creation through four major themes: (1) the intersection of place and spirituality, (2) the theological context of creation care, (3) the ethical and economic frameworks of eco-justice, and (4) 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.
Ethics and Practice of Forgiveness HTE657
Three hours — TBA
Forgiveness plays a central, though poorly understood, role in the New Testament. There is also increasing interest in the topic of “forgiveness”—recently appearing everywhere from superficial self-help books to serious studies of international relations. But what is forgiveness? How does it differ from forgetfulness or indulgence? To whom is forgiveness due? Must we always forgive, even if there is no repentance from the offender? Are Christian notions of forgiveness unrealistic? Perhaps even immoral or unjust? Or do Christian notions of forgiveness offer something unique to the world?
Witness Colloquium HTE534
One hour — Janna Hunter Bowman
This colloquium 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.
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? To deepen ability to think ethically, students will examine major approaches to the moral life and decision making that draw upon the resources of Christian faith and theology, especially the role of Scripture, Jesus, and the church in ethics.
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).