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This course studies the historical development and theology of the Anglican rites, emphasizing pastoral use of the liturgy.  This study will also aid the student in planning and leading different liturgies.  LIT 500: Introduction to Liturgics is a prerequisite.


As Anglican theology is primarily expressed through liturgy, the student of Anglican theology will require a solid grounding in the Book of Common Prayer.   This course will give the student the historical development of the Book of Common Prayer from the first English book of 1549 through the current books in use world-wide throughout traditional Anglicanism. The student will gain familiarity with the current liturgical texts and further develop the necessary skills to prepare and conduct liturgy in a pastoral context.

This course will examine the phenomenology of the nature of Christian worship, surveying the primary areas of liturgical study illustrating both the content and method.  The course includes a study of the Development of worship in Orthodox, Catholic, and Reformation traditions, primarily emphasizing the latter two.

The interpretation of Scripture lies at the heart of many of the changes and disagreements afflicting the modern Church. How one interprets Scripture thus shapes how and what one believes regarding revelation, as well as the Church’s teachings. This course will familiarize the student with the classical orthodox methods of  understanding and interpreting Scripture, thus giving him the tools he needs to read, understand, and teach Scripture as the Church’s book,  in accord with Holy Tradition.    


This course will offer an in-depth study of the first five books of the Old Testament. Attention will be given to theological message, literary structure, and the history of the interpretation of these texts within the Church. Themes to be explored will include creation, covenant, law, and liturgy and priesthood, seen within the context of God’s oikonomia, of Family Plan of Salvation.      


Understanding the Old Testament is vital for an orthodox and catholic reading and interpretation of the New Testament and Early Church Fathers. This introductory course gives a preliminary overview of the Old Testament, providing an understanding of its organization, literary genres, formation, and theology. In this course the candidate will develop an historical understanding of the origins of the Hebrew people, and their formation into a national geographical and political entity, as well as the movements of God’s plan of salvation, worked out through the correction and trials of His people. This provides essential context for understanding Jesus, the Early Church, and the New Testament. This course also includes some basic elements of Hebrew (the alphabet, how to use Hebrew lexicons and other tools). It is designed for those who have not have two semesters of Biblical Hebrew.      


This course will study the Scriptures attributed by the Church to the Apostle and Evangelist, St. John. The theological nature of St. John’s Gospel will be examined, particularly as if defines the catholic understanding of the nature of Christ and the sacraments. The Epistles of St. John and the Apocalypse will also be studied, and the connections, both thematic and structural between the Gospel and the Apocalypse will be explored.    


The New Testament texts are the narrative of the Person and work of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Apostles, and first century Christians. Understanding it is essential for an orthodox catholic understanding of the Christian Faith.  This introductory course gives a preliminary overview of the New Testament texts, providing an understanding of their organization, literary genres, formation, and theology.  Through this course the student will develop an historical understanding of the origins of the Christian community, and her formation into a major religion in the Roman Empire, and gain the foundational context for the Early Church Fathers and subsequent Church history.      


This course is a survey of, and introduction to, world religions. It will introduce the student to a variety of traditions from south and east Asia, as well as to those traditions which are predominant in the West. The religions to be examined include indigenous religious traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Japanese and Chinese religions, Judaism and Islam. 


An introduction to the proclamation of the Word in the Liturgy.  The focus is both academic and experiential, involving an exploration of characteristics of proclamation in Church history, and in the various elements of strategies for communicating God’s Word today.     


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An introduction to the classic vocabulary and theological understanding of the spiritual life. The student will become familiar with the essential concepts, and be exposed to the most important elements of the spiritual life in the history of the Church, with a strong emphasis on the writings and ideas most influential in the Anglican Catholic tradition.


This course will cover Christology and Soteriology: the teaching in Holy Scripture and the Tradition of the orthodox catholic Christ concerning the Person and Work of Jesus Christ.    

 


This course will provide an introduction and overview of Christian theology. In addition to an examination of historical figures, periods, and the development of thought during the Church’s history, there will be an examination of the sources of Tradition and basic theological methodology (Prolegomena). Christian doctrines that will be studied include the Trinity, Christology, Ecclesiology, Sin and Grace, the Sacraments, and Eschatology. Both orthodox catholic theology and some modern trends will be examined, so that the student is better informed concerning recent developments and challenges to the Faith.    

 


Classical philosophy, along with the language of the biblical texts themselves, has provided the framework and the foundational language for the theological thought of the Church almost from the beginning. Therefore, in order to understand theology, a basic familiarity with philosophical thought and language is necessary. This course provides this foundation by introducing important terms, concepts, and figures of classical philosophy