Available courses

Ascetical Theology provides an introduction to the classical vocabulary and basic theological understanding of the spiritual life. After familiarizing himself with the essential concepts, the student will study the historical development and content of spiritual theology and be exposed to the dominant spiritual strains of Christianity, focusing on the resources of the Anglican tradition and together with the broader Biblical, historical and ecumenical context. This course will draw the student into a greater understanding of the importance of the spirituality in the life of a Christian.

Classical philosophy, along with the language of the biblical texts themselves, has provided a framework and foundational language for the theological thought of the Church almost from the beginning. Accordingly, the understanding of theology is enhanced with a familiarity of philosophical thought and language.  T100 - Christian Philosophy provides this foundation by introducing important terms, concepts, and figures of classical philosophy and the relational framework to the Christian faith and message.

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 survey course covers the central themes in the theological development of Anglicanism, discussing her our most influential authors, historical influences, and ideas, emphasizing the place of the Book of Common Prayer, the Thirty Nine Articles, the Caroline Divines, and the Oxford Movement. The student will develop an understanding of the “theological method” of Anglicanism, and will study the origins, development, and place of traditional Anglicanism in the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, with emphasis on the Continuing Anglican Churches and the Affirmation of St. Louis.

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.