THE 5131 Systematic TheologyThe course provides a comprehensive overview of Christian beliefs from both a classical as well as a contemporary perspective. Topics treated: faith, revelation, doctrinal development and theological exploration; God, creation, sin, salvation, Christ and Spirit, church, sacraments, and the last things. 3 credits. Dr. Gray or Dr. Shimmyo.
THE 5132 Unification Theology of PeacebuildingA study of the peace theology of Rev. Sun Myung Moon, this course examines its applications to problems of peacemaking, and its meeting-points with peace teachings in religious and secular traditions. 3 credits. Dr. Wilson.
THE 5141 Ethics and Social Justice in the Age of GlobalizationThis course in applied theology examines various theoretical frameworks, assumptions, and approaches to salient social issues in this age of globalization. It covers issues of ethics and social justice including: the environment, women’s rights, poverty, AIDS, role of the UN, intra-state violence and refugees, and globalization. The course will flesh out the ideals of interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values among nations and communities of people with different social, cultural and historical backgrounds. 3 credits. Dr. Noda.
THE 5302 Trinity and ChristologyThis course will clarify the contemporary meaning and significance of Jesus the Christ as the definitive agent of human salvation. We will seek to understand the person of Jesus, his solidarity with God and his solidarity with the human community in its suffering and search for healing and transformation. We will focus on recent Christological discussion in relation to the classical development of Christology in formulations by Irenaeus, Anselm, the Council of Chalcedon, Aquinas, Luther, and more. Special attention will be given to doctrines of the cross. It will address the doctrine of Trinity and understand the meaning and significance of the statement that God is triune. Interpretations of the Trinity by Tertullian, the Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople, Augustine, Joachim of Fiore, Barth, Rahner, Moltman will be studied. 3 credits. Dr. Shimmyo or Dr. Gray.
THE 5311 Modern TheologyThis is a seminar course on 19th and 20th century modern theology with its prominent representatives and their distinctive schools and teachings. Among those to be studied are Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Rauschenbusch, Barth, Brunner, the Niebuhr brothers, Bultmann, Tillich, Whitehead, Bonhoeffer, Rahner and Moltmann. 3 credits. Dr. Shimmyo.
THE 5312 Radical TheologiesRadical theologies, whether conservative, liberal, or post liberal, are those theologies in the 20th century that radically challenged accepted theological norms in Christendom. Despite their radical and deconstructive character they open new avenues of the Christian message. This course will deal with such radical theologies as Neo-Orthodoxy, fundamentalism, “death of God” theology, black theology, Latin American liberation theology, feminist theology, gay theology, the theology of married priesthood, radical orthodoxy, and post liberalism. 3 credits. Dr. Shimmyo.
THE 5313 Black TheologyThis course examines Black Theology—its origin in the 1960s, its relationship to the Black church, its dialogues with other theologies, and the rise of Womanist theology. In so doing, it introduces students to the relevant conditions, primary issues and themes of African and African-American history that contributed to the formation of religion, theological thought and moral reflection. Dr. Jones. 3 credits.
THE 5314 Theologies of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X
This course will examine critically the life and thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, identifying similarities and differences and evaluating their contributions in religion and politics for their time and for our own. 2 credits. Dr. Jones.
THE 5321 Theologies and Interfaith Dialogue
Authentic dialogue necessitates that each dialogue partner come to terms with her/his theology of the religious “other”, a field known as “Theologies of Religion.” In this course students will learn the prevailing Christian Theologies of Religion, reflect critically on their own presuppositions, demonstrate the ability to articulate a theology of the religious other, and become better prepared to engage in authentic interfaith encounters. 3 credits. Mr. Antal.
THE 5331 Saints, Thinkers, Activists, and the Intellectual Roots of PeacebuildingPeacebuilding is a complex and challenging enterprise, and the peace movement is not monolithic. Some peace advocates are led by religious motives, some by personal conviction, some in opposition to imperial hegemony, and others by left-wing or right-wing political ideology. With guided readings and discussions on key writings of thinkers such as Henry David Thoreau, Leo Tolstoy, Randolph Bourne, Albert Jay Nock, Mohandas Gandhi and Albert Schweitzer, students will gain a deeper understanding of the Peacebuilding enterprise. 3 credits. Dr. Isaacs.
THE 5402 Christian EthicsIntroduces the major biblical and theological approaches to ethics, and examines how ethical theories address contemporary questions. Classical Old Testament and New Testament perspectives will be considered, as well as theologians from Augustine and Aquinas to Niebuhr. Applications to contexts include medical ethics, business ethics, sexual ethics, environmental ethics, and with a special focus on the ethical issues confronting the minister. 3 credits. Faculty.
THE 5521 Original Human Nature
This course examines major theories of human nature as compared with the Theory of the Original Human Nature in Unification Thought. The views of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Marx, Freud, Sartre, Skinner and Lorenz will be subjected to comparative analysis of contents, assumptions and methods. The course also studies cross-disciplinary sources in political economy, anthropology, psychoanalysis, religion, philosophy and others. 2 credits. Dr. Noda.
THE 5601 Unification TheologyThis course explores theological expressions of the Unification message in the context of Christian theology, presenting Unification theology as a systematic theology. This course enhances the ability to explain and defend Unification Theology in dialogue with Christian clergy and lay people. Prerequisite: THE 5131. 3 credits. Dr. Shimmyo.
THE 5390 Independent Study in Theology1‑3 credits. Faculty.
THE 6390 Thesis/Project in Theology
4 credits. Must be accompanied by the Divinity Colloquium, MIN 5801. Faculty.
THE 5512 Postmodernism and Culture of Heart
Postmodernism offers a critique of culture that, in addition to tearing down the pillars of traditional culture, presents a challenging critique of the Unificationist project to create a new culture. This course discusses the major theorists of post-modernism including Jean-Francois Lyotard, Michael Foucault, Jacques Derrida, and others. Moreover, through critical analyses of the permeation of key ideas of postmodernism into diverse cultural genres, the course explores a possibility of Unificationism as a cultural philosophy. This is a seminar course and enrollment is limited. 3 credits. Dr. Noda.
THE 5531 Religion and Science
This seminar introduces the student to contemporary developments in the natural sciences with the aim of exploring their implications for a religious worldview. The course will focus on five major areas in which scientific discoveries have provided impetus for theological reflection: Quantum Physics, Cosmology, the Anthropic Principle, Evolutionary Biology and the Mind‑ Body Problem. Scientific issues will be evaluated in terms of their relevance to the religious life and with regard to the pastoral task of explaining Christian and Unification teachings. 2 credits. Dr. Seidel.
THE 5531 Religion and Science
This seminar introduces the student to contemporary developments in the natural sciences with the aim of exploring their implications for a religious worldview. The course will focus on five major areas in which scientific discoveries have provided impetus for theological reflection: Quantum Physics, Cosmology, the Anthropic Principle, Evolutionary Biology and the Mind‑ Body Problem. Scientific issues will be evaluated in terms of their relevance to the religious life and with regard to the pastoral task of explaining Christian and Unification teachings. 2 credits. Dr. Seidel or Dr. Wilson.
THE 5532 Spirit WorldThis course studies the afterlife from the viewpoints of philosophy, revelation, phenomenology of spiritual experience, technology, psychology and ministerial practice. Topics include: speculation on the nature of the spirit world and its the laws, descriptions of the afterlife, spiritual influences on earthly life, angels, ghosts, electronic voice phenomena, channeling, spiritual deception, spiritual possession and exorcism, spiritual healing, reincarnation, and gaining spiritual help. Readings are taken from comparative religion, spiritual testimonies, experimental studies and Unificationist sources. Personal experiences with the spirit world are reported through journal writing. 2 credits. Dr. Wilson or Dr. Seidel.
THE 5611 Unification Philosophy
This course is a study of Unification Thought, primarily through the work of the late Dr. Sang Hun Lee to develop a philosophical expression of the teachings of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon and its application to life and culture. His writings and the work of his followers will be studied against the background of the history of philosophy. Particular attention is given to the challenges Unification Thought poses to the contemporary philosophical environment. 3 credits. Dr. Noda.
THE 5621 Teachings of Sun Myung Moon Effective Unification ministry requires a clear and deep understanding of the teachings of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, which are accessible in the 400+ volumes of collected sermons and anthologies of selected passages as the Cheon Seong Gyeong. In studying this large body of texts, the course focuses on significant theological concepts and their application to practical life. Conducted as a seminar, students utilize these texts to develop new insights that can be applicable to their ministries. The course will not focus on a ‘providential’ understanding of these texts; students interested in pursuing that aspect of the material are referred to the course History of the Unification Movement. 3 credits. Dr. Wilson.
THE 5631 Divine Principle
This course offers a close study of the text of Exposition of the Divine Principle and its theological relevance for today. After an introduction addressing problems of translation, sources, and cultural‑historical background, primary attention will be given to the text itself. Students will discuss theological issues in the text and draw comparisons to other Unificationist materials, the Rev. Moon’s sermons in particular. The intent is to make the Divine Principle a living source of God’s word and to encourage its continued study as a foundation for a life of faith. 3 credits. Dr. Wilson.
THE 5590 Independent Study in Philosophy1‑3 credits. Faculty.
THE 6590 Thesis/Project in Philosophy
4 credits. Must be accompanied by the Divinity Colloquium, MIN 5801. Faculty.