The Master of Arts in Practical Theology with a concentration in Cosmogony is an innovative science program that will provide you with scientific insights and Biblical perspectives on the origin of the universe. The program will also equip you with the knowledge to intellectually engage scientific thought, and the skills to communicate biblically-informed responses to faith-science inquiries. The course of study examines critical areas of science related to cosmology, human origins and astronomy, as well as science-faith integration. This program enhances the education of pastors as they seek ways to better engage science in the culture and educate their congregations.
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Delivery Format: Online
Total Credit Hours Required: 48
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Inductive approach to Bible study method that teaches skills for observing, interpreting and applying Scripture with attention to genre. Fundamental hermeneutical principles are set forth while doing exegesis, with a view to application in one's own sphere of influence.
Distinctives of various types of Biblical literature, with an emphasis upon resultant considerations for interpretation and contemporary application. Topics: historical narrative, psalm, wisdom, parable, epistle, prophecy and apocalypse.
The unfolding of Biblical revelation in its historical context, resulting in a broad overview of the message of the Bible and the skills associated with interpreting representative texts. Cross-listed with RTCH 710.
The discipline of Biblical theology using the Pauline correspondence within its historical context. Deals with the leading themes of Pauline theology that can be drawn from Paul's writings. Cross-listed with RTCH 724.
Exegetical examination, directed reading and research into the Bible's major theological concepts of Promise, Covenant and Kingdom. Special emphasis on Lutheran and renewal understanding and practices of these concepts. Cross-listed with RTCH 740.
Exploration of the origin, nature and purpose of the first three Gospels in relation to contemporary research, including the synoptic problem, form criticism and redaction criticism. Discusses the contemporary relevance of each Gospel message. Prerequisite: BIBL 500 or BIBL 504. Cross-listed with RTCH 726.
Analysis and interpretation of the parables of Jesus. Attention to the history, methodology, structure, content, exegesis and theological shaping of parable interpretation. Prerequisite: completion of BIBL 500 or BIBL 504. Cross-listed with RTCH 735.
Explores various methodologies, including historical criticism, rhetorical criticism, and reader response criticism, that are used in contemporary interpretation of the text, as well as developing interpretive skills that are integral to Biblical exposition. Cross-listed with RTCH 736.
An examination and exegesis of the Psalms within the Hebrew canon and within Israel's worshipping community. Attention is given to the history, methodology, structure, content, exegesis and theological shaping of psalm interpretation. Prerequisite: BIBL 500 or BIBL 504. Cross-listed with RTCH 744.
Development of a Christian philosophy of science and a hermeneutical, biblical approach to evaluate scientific theories, concepts and applications. Cross-listed with COSU 310.
The theories, methods and interpretations of scientific inquiry and analysis; a basic introduction to natural science. Cross-listed with COSU 315.
The integration of theological and scientific accounts of humanity's origin and the investigation of eternal life. Prerequisite: COSM 610. Cross-listed with COSU 431.
Scientific and theological study of the origins of the universe. Prerequisite: COSM 610. Cross-listed with COSU 432.
Investigation of selected topics in cosmogony. Prerequisite: COSM 610. Cross-listed with COSU 440.
Effective leadership and communication strategies to improve the understanding of science and faith issues in the public square. Prerequisite: COSM 610, COSM 615.
Development of the scholarly writing skills of entering graduate students, including consistent standards in grammar and punctuation, academic style, avoiding plagiarism and learning to critique academic works.
Martin Luther's formative years, calling, ministry, understanding of scripture, significant life events, and key events in renewing the church. Cross-listed with RTCH 734.
Historical and topical study of Eastern Christianity with special emphasis on doctrine and spirituality especially its pneumatological and charismatic elements. Examines distinctives of the numerous Eastern Christian churches including the Armenian, Assyrian (Nestorian), Coptic, Ethiopic, Maronite, Melkite, Orthodox (Byzantine: Greek, Russian, and other national churches), Syrian and Uniate (in communion with the Roman Catholic church). Students will be urged to engage the Eastern Christian and Renewal traditions in dialogue and debate.
A focus on understanding the history, dogma, values, and traditions of the major world religions and examining primary and secondary source material from these traditions. Students will be challenged to understand the traditions from the inside with an eye to developing skills that can be transferred to both dialogue and interaction. Cross-listed with RTCH 741.
Current communication theories and methodologies related to developing intercultural competency and proficiency in a range of contemporary settings. Cross-listed with RTCH 745.
Presents Biblical principles of church leadership and life with an emphasis on team ministry. Examines key ministry practices as foundations for church renewal and revitalization. Recommended as a prerequisite to other ministry courses. Cross-listed with DLDR 707 and RTCH 707.
Biblical, historical and theological aspects of Christian formation, including the holistic and other models, as these are practically applied to personal life and ministry contexts.
Biblical and theological foundations that determine the formation of Christian moral decision-making and shape a personal lifestyle. Examines selected contemporary moral issues in the light of Biblical teachings. Includes an overview of the prophetic call to the community, the marketplace and nation to mobilize the church in addressing crucial social issues. Cross-listed with DLDR 722 and RTCH 722.
Philosophical methodologies used in the defense of the Christian faith, especially presuppositionalism (faith to facts) and evidentialism (facts to faith), focusing on the relationship between faith and reason in current Catholic and Protestant defenses, and with Biblical applications to modern and postmodern challenges. No former training in philosophy is required. Cross-listed with RTCH 723.
Exploration of some of the most profound and exciting questions in the study of religion. For example: What is the nature of faith? Of reason? How do they relate? What is the nature of religious experience, and what does it tell us? Can the existence of God be reasonably proven? How do we understand the problem of suffering and of evil from a theistic perspective? How does a timeless God relate to a temporal world? What is the relationship between revelation and language, and between religion and science? How are we, as Christians, to understand and evaluate the faiths of the other world religions? Can one talk rationally of ethics without God? Cross-listed with RTCH 714.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer's devotion to discipleship as a teacher, ecumenist, pastor, preacher, seminary director, prophet and ultimately martyr, and the implications for modern day discipleship and Christian renewal in a postsecular age. Cross-listed with RTCH 727.
Examines cutting-edge trends in Pentecostal/ Charismatic thought, e.g., examinations of: hermeneutics, cessationism, classical Pentecostal distinctives, contemporary charismatic aberrations, Spirit Christology, and a revisioned Biblical theology of the Holy Spirit, the kingdom of God, faith, prayer, mission and Christian existence. Prerequisite: THEO 500. Cross-listed with RTCH 754.
The beginnings, growth and current developments in the 20th century charismatic movement. Covers the antecedents of the various charismatic movements, is international in scope, covering both mainline and independent churches. Cross-listed with RTCH 717.
Fundamental structures of the German language, essential vocabulary and grammar are studied by students majoring in theology. Prepares master's and doctoral students for the proficient reading of academic journals, books and monographs written in German. During the first part of the semester, students will attain a general proficiency in reading German texts in the arts and sciences. The remainder of the semester offers greater focus on theological texts and vocabulary. A proficiency exam is given as a culminating assessment. Students who pass the exam fulfill language requirements in theological German for the School of Divinity Ph.D. program.
In this exploding age of information, it is the objective of the library faculty to prepare graduates to be on the cutting edge of information technology. Information literacy is the ability to effectively access information for problem solving and decision making; thus, the knowledge and abilities you glean from this course will open doors to lifelong learning. It is imperative for graduate study research. Since the information learned in this course is a vital foundation for all other coursework, its completion is required within the first semester of study. The course takes approximately 10 hours to complete.
Application Deadlines: 2016-2017 Semester
|Session||Application Deadline||Session Start Date|
|Session A||Monday, August 8th||Monday, August 22nd|
|Session M||Monday, September 5th||Monday, September 19th|
|Session B||Monday, October 10th||Monday, October 24th|
|Session C||Monday, December 19th||Monday, January 9th|
|Session T||Monday, January 23rd||Monday, February 6th|
|Session D||Monday, February 27th||Monday, March 13th|
|Session E||Monday, April 24th||Monday, May 8th|
|Session F||Monday, June 5th||Monday, June 19th|
*International applicants may begin in the fall or spring semesters only with an application deadline of February 15 (fall) or July 15 (spring).
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Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is:
|Degree Level / Program||Cost Per Credit Hour|
|Master's level (M.A., M.Div., M.T.S., & Th.M.)||$495|
Student Fees Per Semester
|Parking Fee (On-Campus Students)||$100|
|Council of Graduate Students Fee||$15|
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