FOUNDATIONAL THEMES IN THEOLOGY & ETHICS AND THEIR SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPLICATIONS. This course is co-offered by Graduate Theological Union and Pacific School of Religion. This seminar introduces first year doctoral students to foundational themes, texts, and concepts outlining the contemporary study of Theology and Ethics. Theology is variously experienced and expressed in religions – systemic, mythopoetic, mystical, textual, aesthetic, ethical, emotive, and embodied. There are categories of theology that cross all boundaries and yet every religion has its own unique theological themes and frameworks as well. Students will explore interreligious doctrinal frameworks as well as the diverse conduits through which theology is understood and delivered. Ethics is also a discipline in its own right with particular frameworks. Particular attention is paid to theological sources of justice and virtue ethics in terms of their value as social, economic, and environmental implications. Featured guest lectures and in-class student interactive forums offer additional opportunities for negotiating the field through interdisciplinary and interreligious pathways. An attitude that is open to understanding the relationship of systematic to constructive theology, and learning about other faiths will be a helpful asset. The course will require written reflections on readings and a term paper.
This is a Departmental Doctoral Seminar and appropriate for PhD, DMin, and PhD students.