Lee University Catalog 2018-2019 
    
    Jun 02, 2020  
Lee University Catalog 2018-2019 [Archived Catalog]

Course Descriptions


 

Theology

  
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    THEO 336 - Doctrine of the Church


    This course will examine the various models of the Church proposed by the New Testament and later throughout the history of Christianity. Special attention will be given to these areas of ecclesiology: governmental structures and leadership; the nature and mission of the church; sacraments; and the church empowered by the Spirit. Relating these studies to the contemporary Body of Christ will always be a central goal.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-230 or THEO-250.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 425 - Theology and Benevolence


    This course offers students a theologically informed understanding of benevolence, highlighting the integral relationship between Christian faith and Christian service.  Particular attention is given to the ways in which the biblical texts, Christian tradition, and theology inform one’s understanding and implementation of benevolence.

    Prerequisites
    LEEU-102B, and either THEO-230 or THEO-250.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    This course is service-embedded and requires co-requisite enrollment in THEO-425S.
  
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    THEO 431 - History of Christian Doctrine I (DAL)


    This course is a historical and theological study of the doctrines of the Trinity, Christ, and the Holy Spirit as they developed genetically over the centuries in the Christian Church.

    Prerequisites
    BIBL-101, BIBL-102, THEO-230, and THEO-231.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Open to Division of Adult Learning students.
  
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    THEO 432 - History of Christian Doctrine II


    A historical and theological study of the doctrines of humanity and sin, salvation and atonement, the Church and sacraments, and death/resurrection and last things, as they have developed genetically over the centuries in the Christian Church.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-230 or THEO-250, and CHIS-323 or CHIS-324

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    This course is open to students in the Division of Adult Learning.
  
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    THEO 434 - Christian Apologetics (DAL)


    This course will examine the rationale behind the Christian Faith and Practice.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Open to Division of Adult Learning students.
  
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    THEO 435 - Contemporary Protestant Theology


    An introduction to Protestant theology from 1800 to the present. Particular attention will be given to major figures and movements within their modern and late modern contexts as well as to the similarities and differences between the official teachings of Protestant denominations and the views of select academic Protestant theologians.


     

    Prerequisites
    THEO- 230 or THEO-250

    Additional DAL prerequisites: BIBL-101 and BIBL-102.

    Credit Hours: 3
    When Offered
    As needed
    This course is also available for students in a Division of Adult Learning program.

  
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    THEO 436 - Contemporary Catholic Theology


    An introduction to Roman Catholic theology from the First Vatican Council to the present.  Particular attention will be given to major figures and movements within their modern and late modern contexts as well as to the similarities and differences between the official teaching of the Catholic Church and the views of select academic Catholic theologians.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-230 or THEO-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 440 - Recent Pentecostal and Charismatic Theology


    An introduction to the most recent theological expressions of the first, second, and third “waves” of pentecostalism.  Topics to be covered include Roman Catholic perspectives on baptism in the Holy Spirit, spiritual gifts among evangelicals, indigenous pentecostal traditions outside the United States, the rise of academic theology in pentecostal denominations, theological method, and pentecostals and ecumenism.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-230 or THEO-250.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 445 - Gender and Spirituality


    An interdisciplinary examination of gender, combining theory, research and practice in the fields of psychology, theology and history.

    Prerequisites
    PSYC-200 and THEO-230 or THEO-250

    Credit Hours: 3
    When Offered
    As needed
  
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    THEO 450 - Directed Study in Religion


    A study of an approved aspect of biblical-theological inquiry in which the student contracts with the director of the study concerning course requirements, evaluation procedure and course credit. Open only to juniors and seniors in the major.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-230 or THEO-250

    Credit Hours: 1 to 4
    When Offered
    As needed
  
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    THEO 474 - Feminist Theology


    This course examines the historical roots, key ideas and trajectories of feminist theology and philosophy, the passions and contradictions of these disciplines, and their effects on various social practices and religious institutions.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-230 or THEO-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 483 - Special Topics in Theology


    This course provides an intensive study of selected topics in theology.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-230 or THEO-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 501 - Directed Readings in Theological Ethics


    The course offers an exploration of both classic and current texts within Theological Ethics. It surveys the building blocks of the discipline and investigates its dominant themes and contributors while highlighting the relevant research that is presently shaping the field.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 505 - Ecclesiology in Latin America


    THis course introduces the different perspectives toward the church of the three most prominent traditions in Latin America:  the Roman Catholic, the Protestant, and the Pentecostal traditions.  Students are given the tools for analyzing and contextualizing in order to examine and evaluate these traditional perspectives and to enter into dialogue with some new ecclesiological proposals.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    Offered only off-campus at SEMISUD in Quito, Ecuador.
  
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    THEO 507 - Systematic Anthropology


    The student is introduced to the different perspectives of the human being in the Christian tradition through the study of biblical texts and systematic texts (theological and philosophical). Students are provided with analytical instruments to examine the different proposals, and ensures they are capable of dialogue with the social sciences.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    Offered only off-campus at SEMISUD in Quito, Ecuador.
  
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    THEO 534 - Doctrine of Christ


    A historical and systematic study of the doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ. This course surveys the primitive Christologies of the New Testament and continues by examining the Christological controversies of the early church (until the final crystallization in the Chalcedonian Creed). The basic questions of the doctrine of Christ will be investigated (e.g., the incarnation, the relation of the two natures of Christ, the divinity of Christ in relation to the Trinity). Consideration will be given to the several quests for the historical Jesus in the last century as well as a consideration of the “Jesus Seminar.” An examination of the various reconstructions of Christologies in the modern era (e.g., liberationist, feminist, and other Christologies) will be a part of this study. The centrality of Christ for other doctrines and for Christian proclamation will be stressed.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 535 - Doctrine of the Holy Spirit


    This course offers a study of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit with emphasis upon the Spirit’s relationship to Christ. The work of the Holy Spirit in relation to other fundamental doctrines will also be considered (creation, salvation, ecclesiology, eschatology). Special attention will be focused on the work of the Holy Spirit as teacher, helper, disciple and on the experience of Spirit baptism with the initial evidence of glossalalia. Some attention will be given to the meaning of ‘living in the Spirit’ and spiritual gifts.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 536 - Doctrine of the Church


    This course will examine the various models of the Church proposed by the New Testament and later throughout the history of Christianity. Special attention will be given to these areas of eccesiology: governmental structures and leadership; the nature and mission of the church; sacraments; and the church empowered by the Spirit. Relating these studies to the contemporary Body of Christ will be a central goal.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 553 - History of Doctrine II


    This course provides a study of major Christian doctrines as understood through the writings of seminal theologians of the Church up to the eighteenth century.  By placing each theologian within a historical context, this course will allow the controversies and major movements of each period to dictate the doctrines to be discussed.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    Offered only off-campus at ETS in Kniebis, Germany.
  
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    THEO 554 - Early Christian Doctrine


    An exploration of the rise and evolution of Christianity through the period of Late Antiquity. By examining the practices, ideas, and cultural ethos of early Christians withing their historical contexts, the course seeks to offer an overarching account of Christianity from a movement within Judaism to the primary religion of the Roman empire and its successors.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 555 - Seminar on Augustine


     

    This course provides graduate students with a thorough working-knowledge of the main writings of Augustine.  While the course provides a historical and theological background to Augustine’s life and thought, it focuses primarily on his most significant theological treatises such as The Trinity, The City of God, Confessions, as well as several of the anti-Pelagian writings.

    Credit Hours: 3

  
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    THEO 571 - Theology of the Reformers


    This course focuses on Luther, Calvin, Simons and Cranmer as representative of four major streams of Reformation tradition. It (1) explores the personal and historical contexts of each principal, (2) discusses the emphases of each on selected theological matters, (3) compares their theological postures, and (4) assesses the immediate and extended impact of their work upon the wider European experience.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 572 - De Oratione: The Theology of Prayer


    This course seeks to trace out developments within the theology and practice of Christian prayer, whether they be located in liturgy and the pulpit, the monastery and the treatise, or personal piety and mystical devotion.  The course will pay particular attention to the continuities and differentiations of the theology and practice of Christian prayer within not only these different contexts, but also within different time periods, in order to analyze the character outcome meant to be formed wtihin the person devoted to certain types of prayer.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 573 - Pentecostal Theology


    This course will consider the historical and theological development of the Pentecostal movement, with a view to rehearsing past theological views as well as future systematic possibilities. Topics to be examined will be classical doctrines as well as issues of healing, the five-fold Gospel, the relationship with evangelicals and charismatics, the role of glossolalia and gifts of the Spirit.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 574 - Feminist Theology


    This course examines the historical roots, key ideas and trajectories of feminist theology and philosophy; the passions and contradictions of these disciplines; and their effects on various social practices and religious institutions.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 575 - Contemporary Theology


    This course will survey the theological and philosophical trends from the nineteenth century to the present. The major doctrinal themes examined will be the doctrines of God and revelation; the Trinity; and Christology. In addition, various approaches to theology will be considered: liberation theology, narrative theology, feminist and womanist theology, African-American theology, African theology, Asian theology and evangelical theology. Rigorous study in the philosophical foundations of these theologies and their representatives will be examined. The hermeneutical and theological methods of these systems of theology will offer a basis for comparison and evaluation. Important philosophical themes to be considered are existentialism, modernism, and postmodernism.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 576 - Seminar in Theology (Calvin)


    This course is a seminar focusing on selected portions of Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion. It considers the successive editions of the work in both Latin and French, ascertaining the purpose for such and the nuances of the Reformer’s thought therein. Students will attend to the lectures on various aspects of Calvin’s personal and professional life and will interact by papers and discussion with portions of Calvin’s work.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 577 - Seminar in Theology (Wesley)


    A seminar that will focus on the primary writings of John Wesley, with an introduction to the works of Charles Wesley, and the rise of the Wesleyan Movement. Wesley will be placed within the larger theological context of Western Christendom, but the major focus of the course is the development of his thought. Interaction over sections of primary readings will form a vital part of the seminar as well as student presentations.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 578 - Seminar in Theology (Barth)


    This course is a seminar that will focus on a selected portion of the primary writings of Karl Barth. Barth’s theological views will be placed within a larger framework of his thought, but the focus will be on a limited section of his Church Dogmatics I/1 and II/1. Students will “exegete” passages from Barth’s writings and will discuss in a seminar setting the implications for his doctrine of God.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 579 - Theology and Ethics of Moltmann


    An intensive study of Moltmann’s theology and ethics as they developed in the specific matrix of European philosophy, theology, and exegesis, and how they evolved and expanded as Moltmann engaged more international contexts, especially those in North and Latin America.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 580 - The Trinity


    This course offers a study of the doctrine of the Trinity. It examines the fundamental, scriptural data for the doctrine, tracks the formulation and articulation of the doctrine in the history of the church, and attends to appropriations of the doctrine in contemporary theology.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 581 - Political Theology


    This course intends an analysis and criticism of political arrangements from the perspective of differing interpretations of God’s ways with the world. This course will also explore the role of the church as a polis, which practices a theological politics. Major themes and thinkers will include the following: liberation theology, feminist theology, black theology, Radical Orthodoxy, Jürgen Moltmann, Walter Brueggemann, William, Cavanaugh, John Howard Yoder, Stanley Hauerwas, and Amos Yong.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 582 - Theological Anthropology


    This course is a biblical, historical, and systematic consideration of certain themes concerning human nature from a Christian perspective. The aim of the course is to facilitate reflection on core aspects of human identity and living. Major themes include creation, gender, body and soul, disabilities, and the destiny of humanity (eschatology).


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 583 - Theology of Economics and Globalization


    The course offers a Christian theological engagement with the complex realities of economics and globalization. It incorporates an interdisciplinary survey of significant themes and contributors, highlighting the intersections between Christian theology and political economy and investigating the ways Christianity has influenced the development of economic theory and practice.


    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 593 - Directed Study in Theological Studies


    A study of an approved area of biblical or theological studies, in which the student contracts with the director of the study concerning course requirements, course scheduling and evaluation procedure. This course may not be used to substitute for core courses.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 594 - Special Topics in Theological Studies


    An intensive study of selective topics in theological studies, including research and critical evaluation of primary and secondary sources. Repeatable for credit. This cannot be used as a substitute for core classes.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 595 - Theological Ethics of War and Peace


    This course offers a Christian engagement with the complex realities of war and peace-building through the disciplinary lenses of theological ethics. It includes an interdisciplinary survey of relevant themes and contributors within the fields of theology, philosophy, and political science, highlighting the influence of Christian spirituality on the development of political theory and practice.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 596 - Theology and Ethics of Social Transformation


    This course offers a Christian engagement with the multifaceted realities of social change through an interdisciplinary survey of relevant themes and contributors within the fields of theology, philosophy, sociology, and political science. It facilitates a comparative study of various Christian and secular proposals for socio-transformative engagement and highlights Christianity’s historical impact on the political, economic, and cultural constructs of contemporary society.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THEO 598 - Thesis


    This course is designed for student to conclude their graduate program in religion by writing a thesis that provides evidence of ability to do independent research and compile it in the form required by the faculty of graduate studies in religion.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    This course is offered to international graduate students at ETS and SEMISUD.
  
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    THEO 599 - Theological Studies Area Exam/Thesis


    This course is designed for students to conclude their graduate program in religion by either sitting for an exam covering three areas of specialization, or writing a thesis that provides evidence of ability to do independent research and compile it in the form required by the faculty of graduate studies in religion.

    Prerequisites
    Permission of the Graduate Program Director.

    Credit Hours: 3

Theology Ministry Studies

  
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    THMS 339 - Spiritual Theology


    This course is a theological examination of the spiritual life in its ascetic, mystical, charismatic, and moral dimensions. A sampling of the spiritual masters from the history of the Christian tradition will be consulted in order to encourage students to adopt a plan of personal growth.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-230 or THEO-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    THMS 340 - Liturgical Theology


    This course is a theological examination of Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Protestant, and Pentecostal lliturgical traditions.  Particular attention is given to various liturgical models, rituals, and practices, as well as to the relationship between liturgy and theology as an academic and spiritual discipline.

    Prerequisites
    THEO-230 or THEO-250

    Credit Hours: 3

Youth Ministry Studies

  
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    YTHM 245 - Introduction to Adolescent Ministry


    This course will survey various elements of the youth culture and the adolescent experience while considering ways that these elements of culture and experience are addressed by the gospel of Christ.

    Prerequisites
    This course is a prerequisite to all other YTHM courses.

    Credit Hours: 3
    This course is also available for students in a Division of Adult Learning program.
  
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    YTHM 264 - Creative Communication for Ministry


    This course will seek to approach a study of homiletics from a nontraditional perspective, while at the same time retaining the integrity of the pulpit. It will integrate various creative forms of preaching and teaching into sermon preparation so the student will be able to communicate the Gospel to diverse age groups of people with a wide variety of background and interests.

    Prerequisites
    YTHM-245

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    YTHM 291 - Special Topics Seminar


    A course presenting geographical, theological, biblical and current perspectives of Youth Ministry which are beyond the scope of courses within the major disciplines of the department.

    Credit Hours: 1
    Notes
    Courses are repeatable for credit.
  
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    YTHM 292 - Special Topics Seminar


    A course presenting geographical, theological, biblical and current perspectives of Youth Ministry which are beyond the scope of courses within the major disciplines of the department.

    Credit Hours: 2
    Notes
    Courses are repeatable for credit.
  
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    YTHM 293 - Special Topics Seminar


    A course presenting geographical, theological, biblical and current perspectives of Youth Ministry which are beyond the scope of courses within the major disciplines of the department.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    Courses are repeatable for credit.
  
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    YTHM 331 - Models of Youth Ministry


    An examination of contemporary models of youth ministry, considering their theological bases and ministry implications. The objectives, leadership styles, decision-making processes, programming approaches and relevant resources of various models will be considered. These aspects of youth ministry practice will be the object of theological reflection and practical experimentation. This course is intended to assist students in adopting or developing a personal model of youth ministry.

    Prerequisites
    YTHM-245

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    This course is service-enhanced and requires co-requisite enrollment in YTHM-331S.
    This course is also available for students in a Division of Adult Learning program.
  
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    YTHM 332 - Strategies for Youth Ministry


    A study of the organization and administration of principles, methods and materials for effective ministry in the local church and Christian youth organizations.

    Prerequisites
    YTHM-245

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    YTHM 351 - Outdoor Youth Ministries


    This course places an emphasis on developing resources for camping, backpacking, hiking and retreat ministries with youth. Included will be program design, program planning, the use of worship, counseling and location direction.

    Prerequisites
    YTHM-245

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    [NOTE: This course is service- enhanced and requires co-requisite enrollment in YTHM-351S.]
  
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    YTHM 390 - Internship


    This internship will provide the student with extensive supervised experience in youth ministry. A minimum of one hundred and fifty (150) hours of work in an approved youth ministry context is required.

    Prerequisites
    Major in Youth Ministry, and completion of CHMN-150, CHMN-210, CHMN-220, CHMN-230, YTHM-245 and one of the following: YTHM-331, YTHM-332, or YTHM-433.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    YTHM 433 - Contemporary Issues in Youth Ministry


    A study which focuses on helping teens and families of teens who are in problem situations.

    Prerequisites
    YTHM-245

    Credit Hours: 3
    This course is also available for students in a Division of Adult Learning program.
  
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    YTHM 450 - Senior Seminar in Ministry


    This course is a senior capstone course for Children, Discipleship and Youth ministry majors. The seminar class will engage students about issues of their vocational area of ministry. Issues such as calling, training, church expectations and cultural awareness will be discussed, particularly in relation to the student’s impending employment in church related fields. 

    Prerequisites
    YTHM-390

    Credit Hours: 3
 

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