Course Catalogue 2016-2017

Papal Teaching on Social Justice

SAT3942HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Lynch, Thomas

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Mon TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

PRE-REQUISITES: Introductory course in moral theology. CREDITS: One Credit

A critical survey of papal thought from Leo XIII's emphasis on workers' rights to John Paul II's focus on the broader theme of human rights.

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SAT3952HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Belgrave, Kevin P.

COLLEGE: St. Augustine's Seminary SCHEDULE: Fri TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

PRE-REQUISITES: Fundamental Christian Ethics I and II or by Permission of Instructor CREDITS: One Credit

An introduction to the foundations and principles of Catholic moral reasoning in bioethics, as well as a selection of issues, including: abortion, reproductive technologies, euthanasia and assisted suicide, treatment decisions at the end of life, determination of death and organ donation, stem cells and genetics.

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Contemporary Issues in Biomedical Ethics - Cancelled on May 24, 2016


Graduate degree students enrol in SMT6952HF

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: TIME: 17:00 to 19:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Using contemporary articles from Christian ethics and Magisterial teachings, the biological and medical sciences, and philosophical ethics, the course will develop and apply critical thinking and ethical methods to contemporary issues in biomedical ethics including: issues pertaining to the creation of life (e.g., IV fertilization, reproductive technologies), the preservation of life (e.g., right to care, refusal of care, micro & macroallocation of limited resources, stem cell research), and the end of life (e.g., euthanasia, allowing to die, elder neglect).

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WYB5016HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Taylor, J. Glen

COLLEGE: Wycliffe College SCHEDULE: Wed TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Relevance of comparative (especially northwest) Semitic philology and historical Hebrew grammar to the exegesis of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and to the teaching of biblical Hebrew. Weekly reading, assignments, term paper/project. NB either this course or Biblical Aramaic satisfies a program requirement for TST doctoral studies in Old Testament.

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Research and Scholarship

TSJ5021HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Reynolds, Thomas E. McLean, Bradley

COLLEGE: TST SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 13:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

A required cohort course for doctoral students dealing with fundamental aspects of research and scholarship, research methods and other aspects of professional scholarship, with attention to the study of theology in a university context.

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Mani and the Kingdom of Light--Exploring an Alternate Christianity - Cancelled on Jun 20, 2016


COLLEGE: Trinity College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 14:00 to 16:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Mani, an inhabitant of 3rd century Iraq/Iran believed himself to be the Paraclete promised by Jesus. From that belief grew a church which reached from North Africa to China and lasted over a thousand years, including among its sympathizers the young St. Augustine. This course will use the writings of Manichaeans and their opponents, including Augustine, to address the criteria of Christian identity, and use a theological system not based on the incarnation to explore the meaning of creation, revelation, and redemption in more conventional contexts.

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Scribes, Manuscripts and Translations of the Hebrew Bible


COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Thu TIME: 12:00 to 14:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course focuses on text-critical study of the Hebrew Bible, providing an introduction to the manuscript evidence from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Septuagint, the Masoretic text and the Samaritan Pentateuch, as well as from other ancient sources. Issues pertaining to paleography, orthography and manuscript production are discussed, as well as processes of textual composition and development, and techniques used by ancient translators (Greek, Latin, etc.). Of particular interest is the state of the scriptural text leading to the time of canonization in the first or second century CE. Students are taught and encouraged to integrate text-critical study as a solid basis for any area of research specialization.

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Russian Theologians

SMH5285HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Smith, T. Allan

COLLEGE: St. Michael's College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 11:00 to 13:00

CREDITS: One Credit

Historical context and enduring influence of key theologians during the Silver Age of Russian culture: Vladimir Soloviev, Sergei Bulgakov, Pavel Florensky.

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Learning from the History of Preaching


COLLEGE: Emmanuel College SCHEDULE: R TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

CREDITS: One Credit

This course is designed to expose students to a wide range of preachers who have made a significant contribution to preaching. Developments in preaching over time will be explored particualrly with regard to changing ideas of "biblical text," hermeneutics, rhetoric, sermon forms, language theory, and homiletical "schools," and changes in emphasis on key doctrines, personal versus social, preachig for conversion versus preaching to the saved, the rise of social consciousness and its effects on preaching, and law and gospel. Presentations will include brief biographical material; homiletical setting; short sermon extracts that demonstrate some homiletical/hermeneutical principle, identification of homiletical learnings for today; and portions of sermons written for today that demonstrate a historical principle. The course will consist of lectures and presentations focusing on key homiletical features of the ages.

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Preaching and Biblical Method

KNP5307HF L0101 SESSION: Fall 2016 INSTRUCTOR(S): Gordon, J. Dorcas

COLLEGE: Knox College SCHEDULE: Tue TIME: 9:00 to 11:00

CREDITS: One Credit

In the past fifty years significant developments have taken place within biblical studies. A renewed focus on method and the task of interpretation has implications for the preacher in her/his weekly task of expounding the scriptures. This course will examine these more recent methods, inlcuding post holocaust, feminist, social science, postcolonial and empire studies and discuss their implications for preaching the biblical text. The course will focus on the intersection of these newer methods and the parallel developments within the "New Homiletic" since the 1960's.

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