Certificate in Christian Theology
(15 Credit Hours)
- Program Objectives
An introduction traditional and progressive theological issues. This course deals with an understanding of the systematic positions of the major theologians of the Christian Church. A close look at the theology of the Independent Sacramental Movement is attempted. There is a focus on the students ability to discuss doctrine in terms of one’s own convictions as well as the historic traditions of the one, holy, and apostolic catholic church and the Independent Sacramental Movement as a part of it.
- Student Expectations
A fifteen hundred word or five page expectation paper is required of the student offering his or her personal expectations and goals regarding the course and a synopsis of what his or her current understanding of Christian theology prior to beginning the course work.
- Certificate Program Outline and Required Texts
- Hans Kung, Christianity: Essence, History, and Future
- John F. Gavin and John P. Manoussakis, A Celtic Christology: The Incarnation according to John Scottus Eriugena
- Mark Chapman, Anglican Theology: Doing Theology
- Robert Barron, Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on God, Liturgy, and Evangelization
- Matthew Spinka, Christian Thought From Erasmus to Berdyaev
- Kallistos Ware, The Orthodox Way
- J. B. Lightfoot, The Apostolic Fathers
- C.B. Moss, The Old Catholic Movement: It’s Origins and History
- Allison C. FitzSimmons, The Cruelty of Heresy
- Anthony B. Bradley, Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America
- Casimir F. Durand, The Old Catholic Church and Other Writings
- Patrick S. Cheng, Radical Love: An Introduction to Queer Theology
- Karl Pruter, The Old Catholic Church
- Leonardo Boff and Clodovis Boff, Introducing Liberation Theology
- Anne M. Clifford, Introducing Feminist Theology
- Reaction Paper
A fifteen hundred word or five page reaction paper is required for each of the reading selections The reaction paper is to serve as a talking paper in lieu of discussion held during actual class time.
Students will keep a journal in which to record notes, meditations, impressions, and ministerial applications of Christian theology within their day to day lives for the duration of the program. Students will be expected to fill one page of their journal every day while enrolled in the program.
- Final Paper
At the completion of the program the student will write a final fifteen hundred word or five page essay detailing his or her personal journey and discovery of what Christian theology means to them within the 21st century and the implications of such within the context of his or her own life and ministry.
- Method of Evaluation
-Expectation Paper 5%
-Reaction Papers 50%
-Final Paper 15%