CHTH (Christian History and Theology)

CHTH (Christian History and Theology)

CHTH 511 Christian History and Theology I: The Early Church to the 16th Century
3 hours. Covers the development of Christianity and Christian theology from the end of the apostolic period to the 16th century. Examines the expansion of the church, the growth of Christian institutions, the conflicts that confronted the church from within and without, and the theological development of doctrines such as the Trinity, Christology, the Holy Spirit, the church, and revelation.

CHTH 512 Christian History and Theology II: The Reformation and Its Ramifications
3 hours. Covers the development of Christianity and Christian theology from the Reformation to the present outside the United States. Examines various aspects of the Reformation on the Continent and in England, the effects of the Reformation, important growth and change in Roman Catholicism and Protestantism since the Reformation, and the theological development of doctrines such as sin, salvation, sanctification, the sacraments, and the word of God.

CHTH 513 American Church History
3 hours. Covers the development of Christianity in the United States from its early Colonial beginnings up to the present. Gives special attention to the development of denominations, trends in theological thought, significant church leaders, and the place of the church in contemporary culture.

CHTH 514 Indigenous History and Mission (North American)
3 hours. This course provides an examination of the history of Christian mission among Indigenous peoples, current Indigenous life and Indigenous spiritualities in geographic regionally specific studies that connect to both global issues and local context. Students will explore issues such as the harmony ethic, building a theology of the land, indigenous religious practices and how these all relate to the Christian faith will be explored.

CHTH 520 Doctrine of God
3 hours. The course covers the doctrine of God from a systematic, topical, and historical perspective. It explores God's nature, character, and relations to the created order.

CHTH 521 Doctrine of Christ
3 hours. The course covers the doctrine of Christ from a systematic, topical, historical, and contemporary perspective. It explores Jesus Christ's nature, character, work, and relation to other religions.

CHTH 522 Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
3 hours. This course covers the theological development of doctrine of the Holy Spirit from early Judaism to the present from a biblical, historical, and systematic perspective. It explores outstanding theologians of the Spirit and key controversies surrounding His Nature, Person, Work, and Charismata.

CHTH 530 Women in Church History
3 hours. Reviews the biblical basis of women's leadership and the role women have played in Christian history. Explores issues relating to women in contemporary ministry through readings, case studies, discussion, and interaction with guest speakers.

CHTH 541 Theology and Stewardship of Creation I
1.5 hours. This course seeks to wrestle with Old Testament theologies of creation, stewardship and the role of humanity in the created order. Students will engage the history and development of these ideas within the Church and consider how this legacy relates to the current state of the world. They will write their own ecotheology and create a spiritual practice that reflects it. Note: students who take CHTH 541 are also required to take CHTH 542 the following term.  CHTH 541 is a prerequisite for CHTH 542.

CHTH 542 Theology and Stewardship of Creation II
1.5 hours. This course seeks to wrestle with Old Testament theologies of creation, stewardship and the role of humanity in the created order. Students will engage the history and development of these ideas within the Church and consider how this legacy relates to the current state of the world. They will write their own ecotheology and create a spiritual practice that reflects it.
Prerequisite: CHTH 541 Theology and Stewardship of Creation I.

CHTH 543 Eschatology, New Creation, and Communal Ethics I
1.5 hours. This course addresses New Testament theologies of eschatology, Trinitarian community, soteriology, and Jesus’ new kingdom. By considering the historical currents of these theologies, students will identify how this legacy relates to the current state of the world. Students will engage communal ethics and the role of the local Christian church in addressing ecological issues. Note: students who take CHTH 543 are also required to take CHTH 544 the following term.  CHTH 543 is a prerequisite for CHTH 544.

CHTH 544 Eschatology, New Creation, and Communal Ethics II
1.5 hours. This course addresses New Testament theologies of eschatology, Trinitarian community, soteriology, and Jesus’ new kingdom. By considering the historical currents of these theologies, students will identify how this legacy relates to the current state of the world. Students will engage communal ethics and the role of the local Christian church in addressing ecological issues.
Prerequisite: CHTH 543 Eschatology, New Creation, and Communal Ethics I.

CHTH 546 Contemporary Theological Trends
3 hours. A critical examination is made of significant writings of contemporary theologians, both in Europe and America. An attempt is made to keep abreast of literature in this field, and to evaluate it in the light of evangelical beliefs. Present trends such as New-Age thought, postmodernism, and other theological themes also will be examined in relationship to appropriate evangelical responses to 21st-century culture.

CHTH 550 Christian Ethics
3 hours. A systematic study of philosophical, biblical, and Christian ethics for the purpose of applying the Christian ethical ideal to personal, social, economic, and political problems of our contemporary world.

CHTH 552 Essentials of Christian Theology
3 hours. This course in systematic theology provides a practical synthesis of Christian doctrine. It builds upon the student's understanding of the historical development of theology in relation to its biblical roots. The principal goal is to reflect upon the normative sources for theology, with a view toward equipping students to engage their own denomination's heritage and mission of the church in the world.

CHTH 553 Bio-Ethics
3 hours. A study of the ethical theory and moral norms related to ethical decisions concerning biomedical issues. A Christian perspective on such issues as death and dying, euthanasia/assisted suicide, suffering, pain management, life-sustaining medical choices, organ transplantation, genetic engineering, and advanced directives are examined.

CHTH 554 Colonialism and Neo-colonialism
3 hours.  This course explores both historical and current manifestations of colonialism as a preparation for holistic Christian mission.  It considers its subtle, powerful, and far-reaching impact on host cultures and asks what kind of change is necessary or possible.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of what is expected of converts if persons in mission address only ideological change and exclude any concern with economic and political hegemonies.

CHTH 556 Theology and Ethic of the Land
3 hours. This course immerses students in the natural world during a five-day retreat. Students will abide in Creation and experience the beauty and hope of our immanent God. They will consider a Shalom and Native American understanding of the land and the relationship between science and faith. They will engage current issues such as agriculture, conservation, land use and consumption of natural resources.

CHTH 557 Theology and Praxis of Pedagogy
3 hours. This course explores the theological and philosophical underpinnings of academic teaching, in the context of communicating practical strategies and advancing the student’s professional development as a teacher.

CHTH 558 Poverty and Restorative Earthkeeping
3 hours. This course immerses students during a five-day retreat in a setting that illustrates the integral relationships between earthkeeping, global systems, and issues such racism, sexism, and poverty. Students will encounter the tension between the devastating nature of these relationships and the potential and hope for restoration of the created order.

CHTH 560 History of the Holiness and Pentecostal Movement
3 hours. Explores the roots of the Holiness and Pentecostal movements in the United States by focusing on primary and secondary sources. Analyzes the primary theological emphases of these movements in the context of the Christian theological tradition. Examines the lives of key individuals in the Holiness and Pentecostal movements, as well as the distinctive contributions of these movements to religion in the United States and the world.

CHTH 562 History of Spirituality and Renewal
3 hours. Examines movements and people within Christianity who have brought spiritual renewal to the church, including monasticism, the mystics, the Reformers, Pietism, the Wesleyan/evangelical revival, and certain present-day examples. Focuses not only on history, but also on themes within spiritual renewal and on insights that can be drawn for the contemporary believer and church.

CHTH 563 The Evangelical Movement
3 hours. Students in this course seek to understand the origin and impetus of the American Evangelical Movement. Its antecedents in the Reformation, Pietistic, and Wesleyan movements, as well as the American Awakenings, are traced. Its origins in the rise and fall of early 20th-century Fundamentalism are explored. Its own rise to eminence in the mid-to-late 20th century is detailed. Finally, its possible futures will be explored.

CHTH 564 History and Polity of the Quaker Movement
3 hours. This course offers an overview of the Quaker movement from the 17th century to the present. It focuses on the characteristics, beliefs, and practices that give Quakerism its unique identity. Key writings, leaders, and contributions to Christian thought and practice are considered. The course is designed especially for those seeking to pursue ministry with evangelical Friends.

CHTH 565 Internship
3 hours. The seminary provides some opportunities and has also cooperated with local universities to provide internship experience under the supervision of qualified professors. The internship requires a minimum of 120 hours serving the selected teaching site and attendance at three classes, usually held on selected Saturdays. Reflection papers, regular meetings with the ministry supervisor and the internship director, and assigned readings are also required. Students are expected to secure their own teaching site and supervisor, which must be approved by the faculty internship director. Students should take the teaching internship course during the last half of their program.

CHTH 566 Theology in the Wesleyan Tradition
3 hours. John Wesley's personal and theological background, methodology, and major theological themes receive primary attention. The theology of holiness is examined from the basis of Scripture, Wesley's theology, and the later teachings of the Holiness Movement. The integration and application of holiness and social concerns is examined and students are given opportunities to experience and practice a holiness that is engaged in bringing the kingdom of God into the wounded places of the world. Students will also be involved in independent research in areas related to their ministry focus.

CHTH 571 (first semester) Research/Thesis in Biblical Studies
3 hours. See requirements outlined in Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

CHTH 572 (second semester) Research/Thesis in Biblical Studies
3 hours. See requirements outlined in Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

CHTH 573 Master's Summative Project
3 hours. See requirements outlined in Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

CHTH 575 Thesis/Project Continuation
1 hour. Required for third and subsequent semesters of thesis research and writing or second and subsequent semesters of Summative Project work.

CHTH 585 Seminar in Christian History and Theology
1 to 3 hours. A seminar represents the involvement of a group of students with a professor studying a specially selected topic. Students are encouraged to submit suggestions for seminar topics to the departmental chair. Such requests, as well as faculty interests and special opportunities, will be considered in arrangements for a seminar.

CHTH 595 Special Study in Christian History and Theology
1 to 3 hours. A specially designed and individually tailored course of research, involving in-depth study of a particular question, problem, or issue presented by the student. The student must make application for the study prior to registration for the semester in which the study will be carried out. The application must be approved by the faculty member overseeing the study and the departmental chair. Special arrangements for regular courses of study must be approved by the dean.

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