2020-2021 Faculty of Theology courses 2020-2021 Faculty of Theology courses Please note these courses are subject to change. Please contact Programs Coordinator Anthony De Feo at email@example.com for assistance with course selection. NOTE: Our top priority is the safety and well-being of all our students and faculty. Therefore, due to the unforeseen circumstances regarding the COVID-19 virus, our experiential learning courses (i.e. our Eco-Theology course in Cobourg, and our History course in Midland) for the Summer 2020 term have been cancelled. Please see below for our Summer 2020 course offerings. We do apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. We hope to be able to run these courses next Summer. Fall 2020 SMB1007HF Introduction to the Old Testament A survey of the religious traditions of ancient Israel as they are reflected in the diverse types of literature found in the First Testament, with emphasis on their historical development and their relevance for contemporary ministry. Topics to be considered include: Israelite origins, settlement of the land, social structures, the monarchy, prophecy, the exile and return. Date: Thursday Time: 14:00-16:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMH1010HF History of Christianity I (to AD 843) From the sub-apostolic age to the “Triumph of Orthodoxy” in the East and the Carolingian revival and Treaty of Verdun in the West. Geographical expansion of the church; the relation of Christian faith to cultural settings and other religions; the development of doctrinal and ethical positions; forms of Christian life and worship; the rise of Islam. Date: Monday Time: 14:00-16:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMB1101YY Introductory Biblical Hebrew An introduction to the language of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. Study of basic grammar and vocabulary in order to read easier prose and poetic texts. This course is taught with a “communicative” pedagogy, by which students learn to read, write, and even speak Biblical Hebrew. The ultimate goal of the communicative approach is to sensitize language learners to Biblical Hebrew as a human language so that the biblical texts can be read with greater sensitivity. Date: Tuesday, Thursday Time: 9:00-11:00 Instructor: Robert Holmstedt Location: TBA SMT1101HF Foundations of Theology Elements of theological reflection, with emphasis on theological method. Revelation, faith, scripture, liturgy, tradition, dogma, Magisterium, the theologian, infallibility, and historicity. Date: Thursday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: Jean-Pierre Fortin Location: TBA SMB1102HF Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I Study of Hebrew grammar, providing a continuation of NML250Y /SMB1101Y (Introduction to Biblical Hebrew). Through extensive reading of ancient (biblical and non-biblical) Hebrew texts, grammar is reviewed and consolidated, and vocabulary expanded. Date: Monday, Wednesday Time: 11:00-13:00 Instructor: Robert Holmstedt Location: TBA SMJ1610HF General Introduction to the Eastern Churches The course aims at a general introduction to the four families of Eastern Churches: Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and the Assyrian Church of the East. After reviewing the history of the Eastern Churches and the critical moments that shaped their development (including schisms, attempts at re-union and the impact of Islam), the course will give particular attention to the history and culture of the Assyrian Church of the East, the Coptic and Armenian Orthodox Churches, the Orthodox Churches of Ukraine, Greece and Russia, the Maronite, Melkite and Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Churches. Subsequently, the course will briefly survey the East’s distinctive approaches to liturgy, art, architecture, music, spiritual life, monasticism, social service, hagiography, mission and theology. The course ends with an assessment of the current state of these Churches in North America and their approaches to inter-Christian and inter-religious relations. Date: Wednesday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMT1904HF Fundamental Themes in Christian Ethics This course explores themes required for an understanding of the moral subject and moral actions. Topics include: Old Testament and New Testament ethics; current ethical theories especially Natural Law; formation of conscience, sin, conversion and the role of the Magisterium. Date: Tuesday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: Moira McQueen Location: TBA SMT2141HF Byzantine Christian Sacraments An overview of the history, theology and current practice of the Holy Mysteries (Sacraments) of the Byzantine Churches, both Catholic and Orthodox, with a view to examining and assessing their centrality in contemporary Christian life and ministry. In this course, the student will examine themes such as the world’s sacramentality, the cosmic and personal transformation enacted in the Byzantine Christian Mysteries, and the Trinitarian foundation of all sacramental life. S/he will be able to list and identify many of the sacramental rites and texts and discuss and assess the works of several key Eastern Christian authors, both classical and modem. The student will be able to describe the evolution of these rites, and debate their possible reform today; and will be able to apply the theological vision emanating from these rites to contemporary situations. Date: Tuesday Time: 14:00-16:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMT2210HF Christ the Saviour: Eastern Christian Perspectives A survey of both patristic and contemporary approaches to Christological questions (how the divinity and humanity of Christ come together in one person). Soteriological questions will also be addressed (what is salvation, how Jesus saves, from what and for what He saves}. This will also necessitate some examination of Theological Anthropology (from creation according to the Divine Image to the fulfillment of likeness to God in Theosis/Divinization) and the human condition that requires an Incarnate Saviour. Comparisons will be made among ancient Christological approaches (Alexandria, Antioch, Rome), as well as between Eastern and Western Christian understandings of the means and the content of salvation. Emphasis will be placed on apophatic and antinomic tools for articulating an understanding of Christ the Saviour that operates coherently within the complex of the elements of Holy Tradition (Scripture, Fathers, Councils, Creeds, Liturgy, Iconography, Hagiography, etc.) Date: Thursday Time: 11:00-13:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMT2223HF Mystery of the Triune God Mystery of God Triune: biblical, liturgical, historical, and contemporary theology on the Trinity. Question of God in human experience, atheism, Trinitarian debates, feminist perspectives, the Trinity in the economy of salvation, implications for prayer. Date: Wednesday Time: 11:00-13:00 Instructor: Darren Dias Location: This course will be taught remotely. SMP2600HF Theology of Ministry This course will explore the foundations of ministry in the New Testament, the manifold expressions of ministry in the history of the Church, and a variety of contemporary issues related to the theology and practice of ministry from a Roman Catholic perspective. Also important will be the relationship of ministry to other aspects of theology, such as Christology, pneumatology, grace, mission, ecclesiology, and sacraments. Date: Monday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: Anne Anderson Location: TBA SMB2701HF Life & Letters of St. Paul This course in an introduction to the content and background of the letters of Paul. Particular attention will be given to the social context of Paul’s churches and to the social implications of Pauline Christianity. Throughout emphasis will be placed on the letters as the remnants of early communities striving to understand the work of God among them. Date: Wednesday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: Callie Callon Location: TBA SMP3421HF Faith Development Across the Lifespan Examination of contemporary theories of human growth and development, and the contribution that such theories offer to the understanding of religious development and the praxis of religious education. Date: Tuesday Time: 19:00-21:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMJ3505HF/SMJ6505HF (Sexual) Abuse & the Catholic Church Advanced degree students enrol in SMJ6505HF Examining a set of questions through an interdisciplinary theological lens, this course aims to explore how the present sexual abuse crisis informs (and proposes the need to reform) the understanding of Church as the Body of Christ. Date: Saturday – September 19, October 3, 17, 21, 31, November 14, 28 Time: 9:00-13:00 Instructor(s): Michael Attridge and Darren Dias Location: This course will be taught remotely. SMP3515HF Pastoral Care in the Classroom The vocation of teacher is not limited to the professional practice of the art, science and skill of delivering the assigned educational curriculum. Within the complex multi-cultural milieu of the classroom, the ministry of teaching has expanded to include providing pastoral care to children with a variety of needs physical, social, psychological as well as the requirement to deliver the assigned curriculum. Often family/support members are part of this pastoral outreach. This course will offer an ln depth perspective on the extra curricular pastoral issues that have become endemic in classroom teaching. Particular attention will be given to ethics in ministry, as well as legal and boundary issues. Self Care will also be explored as an integral component in a balanced and rewarding experience of pastoral ministry in the classroom. Date: Wednesday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMT3645HF/SMT6645HF Indian Christianity: History, Thought, Practice Advanced degree students enrol in SMT6645HF This seminar explores the claim of diverse Christian traditions in South Asia to be religious traditions of South Asia, with special attention to these traditions’ indigenisation and social interactions with majority Hindu traditions. Our study will begin with an overview of the historical development of Christianity in India from the first century CE to the present. In a second unit, we move to close readings of major theological articulations for and against an indigenous South Asian Christianity. Finally, our attention will tum to the concept of “ritual dialogue” in Christian practice and the ethnographic study of Christian communities in India. Most of our attention will be focused on Christian traditions in South India, but students are encouraged to choose topics related to Christianity in other parts of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and/or Bhutan for their research papers. Date: Thursday Time: 10:00-13:00 Instructor: Reid Locklin Location: TBA SMT3652HF/SMT6652HF Introduction to Eco-Theology Advanced degree students enrol in SMT6652HF Using the writings of Thomas Berry & theologians who work with the new cosmology, the course provides an introduction to eco-theology as well as the ways eco-theologians are articulating new understandings of theological anthropology, revelation, Christology, pneumatology, sin and salvation, and eschatology. Date: Monday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: Hilda Koster Location: TBA SMH5285HF Russian Theologians Historical context and enduring influence of key theologians during the Silver Age of Russian culture: Vladimir Soloviev, Sergei Bulgakov, Pavel Florensky. Date: Monday Time: 11:00-13:00 Instructor: T. Allan Smith Location: TBA SMT5600HF Theology of Radical Evil and Suffering This course assists students to reflect on the multifaceted experience and reality of radical evil and suffering in light of Christian faith and theology. Drawing from the work of significant contemporary theologians, the course aims at enabling students to meet the challenge formulated in and by the experience and testimony of Jewish, African American and Indigenous individuals and communities who were subjected to extreme evil and suffering by individuals, societies and nations reclaiming the Christian faith, values and way of life. The course will encourage students to contribute to forging and living out a contemporary Christian theology enabling lifelong transformative discipleship and service where Christians learn from their Jewish, African American and Indigenous neighbours how to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ. Central theological concepts such as affliction, kenosis, incarnation, discipleship, vicarious representation, passion and crucifixion will be studied using a methodological approach combining narrative testimony and constructive analysis/interpretation. Date: Tuesday Time: 14:00-16:00 Instructor: Jean-Pierre Fortin Location: TBA SMB5620HF Embodiment in Early Christianity The body and the embodied self were crucial components of identity, social engagement, and lived experience in the ancient Mediterranean, the context of early Christian texts. Early Christian texts themselves abound with material that speaks to these concerns, in a variety of different ways. Specifically, this course will examine concepts of the social body, the body as a location where identity, honour and shame are constructed and negotiated, the body as something which must be controlled or even disdained, and the body as a location of negotiating power (among other topics). Date: Tuesday Time: 11:00-13:00 Instructor: Callie Callon Location: TBA SMB5622HF The Passion Narratives This course examines the accounts of the passion and death of Jesus in their original historical and literary contexts. Topics include: Roman and Jewish judicial procedures; crucifixion and burial in the ancient world; the editorial tendencies of the gospel writers; incipient anti-Judaism in the gospels; conceptual trajectories of the passion narratives. Date: Wednesday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: John Kloppenborg Location: TBA Note: Knowledge of Greek required SMB5961HF Methods for Exploring Religious Experience Acts of prayer, collective effervescence, ritual action, ecstatic experiences have all left a mark in early Judaism and Christianity. However, despite the importance of religious experience to these historical movements, scholarship has been reluctant to explore these phenomena in their own right. The course explores various methodologies, and the theories underlying them, as they are relevant to religious experience. Topics include ritual, emotion, metaphor, and identity. Together we will consider the relationship between the methods and our research questions. Although the examples in the course readings will be drawn primarily from Biblical and contemporary material, students are welcome to explore sources from other historical periods. Date: Thursday Time: 11:00-13:00 Instructor: Colleen Shantz Location: TBA Winter 2021 SMT1104HS Foundations of Eastern Christian Theology An analysis of the fundamental categories of faith, revelation and tradition within the Eastern Christian context, as understood according to its distinctive theological methodology, as well as a survey of the living monuments and media of the Holy Spirit’s life in the Church: Scripture, patristic texts, creeds, councils, liturgy, iconography, hagiography and the canonical tradition. We will explore the underlying modalities of faith and revelation especially in light of contemporary skepticism and hermeneutical concerns and gain familiarity with the characteristic methods of Orthodox theology (particularly apophaticism and antinomy). We will then analyze and critique the notion of “Tradition,” by exploring its classic expressions, and consider how academic theology may be incorporated into pastoral practice. Date: Thursday Time: 14:00-16:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMB1501HS L6101 Introduction to the New Testament This course is an introduction to the Hebrew Bible, commonly known In Christian circles as the Old Testament. It aims to familiarize students with the structure of the OT, Its key themes, its historical context, and the story it narrates. The course’s primary methodology is historical-critical, but it will also employ additional perspectives and methodologies in the pursuit of the meaning(s) of OT texts. Topics to be considered include: ancient Near Eastern context, primeval history, the patriarchs, the exodus, the Deuteronomistic History, the monarchy, the exile, prophets and prophecy, biblical poetry., and wisdom literature. Date: Saturday Time: 9:00-11:00 Instructor: Callie Callon Location: Online SMP2271HS Explorations in Eastern Christian Spirituality This course serves as a broad survey of the ascetico-mystical theology (Spirituality) of the Eastern Churches, as represented by a multiplicity of authors and texts (using both secondary and primary texts in English translation). Through required readings, lectures, student class presentations and class discussions as well as a reflection paper, summative exercise and oral exam, both ancient and modem authors will be studied in this intensive course, with a view to examining the unifying characteristics that underlie the various spiritual traditions, as well as those elements that distinguish various trends, themes, regional emphases and personal particularities of individual authors. Connections will be made to Eastern Christian doctrinal emphases where appropriate, and historical contexts will be taken into account. In addition to work done together as a group, students will have the opportunity to choose from a list of authors/texts for individual study. Date: Tuesday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMP2501HS Pastoral Care: Theory and Practice Foundational elements for pastoral care: theology of ministry, acceptance of self, relationships, grief and loss, prayer, suffering, art of listening, care with the sick and infirm at home and in institutions. Date: Tuesday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: Anne Anderson Location: TBA SMF3010HS Theological Reflection Seminar After completion of Supervised Field Placement, students meet as peers to learn and practice a method of theological reflection on their pastoral practice. Focused on theological, cultural, and personal dimensions of students’ ministry practice and their developing pastoral identity. Date: Thursday Time: 19:00-21:00 Instructor: Jean-Pierre Fortin Location: TBA Prerequisite: SMP2600H: Theology of Ministry and completion of 100 hour Supervised Field Education Placement. Note: This course is not for open registration, please register through the Student Services Officer. SMF3010YS Theological Reflection Seminar After completion of Supervised Field Placement, students meet as peers to learn and practice a method of theological reflection on their pastoral practice. Focused on theological, cultural, and personal dimensions of students’ ministry practice and their developing pastoral identity. Date: Thursday Time: 19:00-21:00 Instructor: Jean-Pierre Fortin Location: TBA Prerequisite: SMP2600H: Theology of Ministry and completion of 250 hour Supervised Field Education Placement. Note: This course is not for open registration, please register through the Student Services Officer. SMB3081HS Hebrew Poetry Study of selected poetic texts with emphasis on the syntax and style of Hebrew poetry. Date: Tuesday Time: 14:00-16:00 Instructor: John McLaughlin Location: TBA Prerequisite: Three semesters of Biblical Hebrew SMP3428HS Catholic Educational Documents This course introduces students to Catholic documents that have both explicit and implicit implications for Catholic education. The objective of the course, therefore is to enable students to read these texts closely with a view to drawing out the implications, particularly he first-principles, cultural context, and the key educational issues. Attention will be paid to the pedagogical, theological, cultural, social and foundational issues contained in these texts. The text will also be read through an applied hermeneutical method. As this is a course in reading primary texts, students will be expected to become very knowledgeable of the texts assigned each week. Date: Wednesday Time: 19:00-21:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMT3433HS Sacramental Life This course is a historical, systematic, and pastoral study of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, confirmation, Eucharist), sacraments of healing (reconciliation, sacrament of the sick), sacraments of vocation (marriage and orders) in Roman Catholic practice. Date: Wednesday Time: 17:00-19:00 Instructor: TBA Location: TBA SMJ3609HS Catholic Social Teaching This course traces the development of Catholic Social Teaching and action from an historical and theological perspective. A Christian concept of justice will be explored within Biblical and theological contexts. Cultural developments that have impacted, and those that continue to influence, social thought, teaching and action within the Church will be discussed. The primary texts for the course are the social documents of the Church beginning with the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum (1891) and continuing to the present day. Students will become familiar with the content of such documents and they will be encouraged to analyse the theological and social foundations upon which the documents have been developed. Key principles of Catholic Social Teaching will be introduced. The course will also explore the Christian call to justice and ways in which the social teachings of the Church can be integrated into personal spirituality and ministry. To facilitate such integration, examples will be highlighted from the lives of social activists within the Church. Teaching and learning methods will include, lecture, discussion, media and biographical analysis. Date: Tuesday Time: 19:00-21:00 Instructor: Hilda Koster Location: TBA SMT3931HS Sexuality & Marriage The realities of human sexuality, marriage and family from a Christian perspective. Topics to be considered include: sexuality in the context of the person, marriage as sacrament, marriage permanence, marriage as procreative, marital fidelity, and homosexuality. Date: Wednesday Time: 11:00-13:00 Instructor: Moira McQueen Location: TBA SMH5007HS Early Ascetic Literature A study of literature associated with the types of asceticism and the associated spiritual theology that developed in Christian antiquity (ca. 350 to ca. 680). Date: Monday Time: 11:00-13:00 Instructor: T. Allan Smith Location: TBA Summer 2020 SMP1102HF Introduction to Eastern Christian Worship This course explores fundamental elements of Eastern Christian worship as expressed in the five extant liturgical traditions in use among the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches: Alexandrian (Coptic and Ethiopian), Armenian, Byzantine, East Syrian and West Syrian (including the Maronite). After an historical overview extending to the present, we will survey each tradition’s distinct liturgical environment, form of music, structure and cycle of services, as well as its prescribed liturgical books, utensils and vestments. In addition to historical and theological perspectives, the survey will include anthropological, psychological, and pastoral dimensions. Date: Tuesday, May 19 to Friday, May 29 (Intensive) Time: 17:00-20:00 Instructor: Brian Butcher Location: This course will be taught remotely. SMT2242HF Christology Systematic and pastoral approach to christology and soteriology. Emphasis on New Testament christologies, later developments, contemporary interpretations. Study of the impact on christology of such issues as the continuing quest for the historical Jesus, dialogue with other religions, and in particular with Judaism, the challenge of liberation and feminist theologies, and the new cosmology. Date: Tuesday, May 5 to Tuesday June 16 Time: 18:00-21:00 Instructor: Michael Attridge Location: This course will be taught remotely. Note: There will be an extra class on Thursday, May 7 SMB2910HS Hermeneutics and Exegesis in Eastern Christianity This course will examine Eastern patristic and modem Orthodox thought on biblical scholarship, as well as Eastern Christian reflection on the discipline of interpretation per se. We will reflect on the place of Scripture in Eastern Christian doctrine, liturgy and practice, and address contemporary issues in interpretation from an Eastern Christian perspective. Among the specific issues to be discussed will be the existence of distinctive canons and the use of different versions (e.g. the Septuagint), the place of typology, worship as hermeneutical matrix, and dimensions of Eastern Christian philosophical hermeneutics. The achievements of modem Western biblical exegesis will be correlated to the thinking of contemporary Eastern Christian authors. The insights of philosophical hermeneutics will also be discussed. Date: Monday, July 6 to Wednesday, July 29 Time: 18:00-21:00 Instructor: TBA Location: This course will be taught remotely. Note: This course will run on Mondays and Wednesdays. SMH3058HS Early Christian Art This course critically reviews early Christian and Byzantine art from the 2nd to 6th century. Its fundamental idea is that early Christian art emerged and evolved as manifestations of the faith’s conversation with its changing cultural contexts. Students will learn to critically engage the role theology, ecclesiology, socio-economics, and politics have in Christian art, with a special emphasis on church/ worship architecture as innovative art. The course will use a multi-media format. Date: Monday, July 6 to Wednesday, July 29 Time: 18:00-21:00 Instructor: David Pereyra Location: This course will be taught remotely. Note: This course will run on Mondays and Wednesdays. SMP3425HS Religious Education in the Multi-faith Context Educators must be prepared to teach students from a range of religious backgrounds, including those who come from “traditional” religious communities, those who are seeking and shopping around, and those who have little orientation to religion at all. What issues-practical and theological-does this raise for how the teacher approaches matters of faith? How can teachers draw on the knowledge and experiences of students in the classroom to deepen student engagement when learning about religion? What should be the aims of Christian education in a multi-faith classroom? The course will explore faith-focused teaching and learning in the context of religious diversity. It takes the Catholic tradition as its primary point of departure, but is attentive to other Christian traditions as well. Date: Tuesday, July 7 to Thursday, July 30 Time: 13:00-16:00 Instructor: Chris Hrynkow Location: This course will be taught remotely. Note: This course will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. SMB3629HS The Miracles of Jesus With the continuous development of modern science, the study of Jesus’ miracles has been subjected to critical discussions ranging from myth to eyewitness testimony. This course we will analyze the various forms of miracle stories in the gospels and study their literary development and theological content, as well as their meaning at different levels of early Christian tradition. Particular consideration will be given to their historical context and content. Theological and practical pastoral implications arising from this study will be discussed. Date: Tuesday, July 7 to Thursday, July 30 Time: 18:00-21:00 Instructor: Samuel Bado Auler Location: This course will be taught remotely. Note: This course will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays.