Courses in Historical and Systematic Theology
God and Christ in the Church’s Theological Reflection
HT501 – Fuller Seminary Northwest
This course is a survey of systematic and philosophical theology that focuses especially on the doctrine of God, The Trinity, Christology (both the person and work of Christ), and the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The course reflects the historic Christian church’s development of trinitarian and Christological theology and creeds in its dialogue with its opponents and with its cultural context.
Church, Humanity, and Christian Life in the Church’s Theological Reflection
HT503 – Fuller Seminary Northwest
This course is a survey of systematic and philosophical theology that focuses especially on revelation and scripture; creation and providence; theological anthropology (human identity and nature, the image of God, the fall, sin, and evil), soteriology (the election, calling, justification, regeneration, and sanctification of the Christian), and ecclesiology (the ministry and mission of the church). The course reflects the historic Christian church’s development of these doctrines in dialogue with its opponents and with its cultural context.
Modern Theology in a Global Context
HT504 – Fuller Seminary Northwest & Fuller Texas
HT504 is a survey of systematic and philosophical theology that focuses especially on the articulation of Christian doctrine in the modern world. The course reflects the historic Christian church’s development of eschatology in its dialogue with its opponents and with its cultural context, including the current global diversity and plurality. It also considers recent constructive theologies, including theologies of liberation, public theology, and contextual theology. Related topics and themes to be addressed may include the development and articulation of the Christian doctrine of the four last things (death, judgment, heaven, and hell), the intermediate state, so-called “contextual” theologies, and the place of theology in contemporary public life; the relation of Christian theology to other religious traditions may also be included in this consideration.
The Road to Nicaea and Beyond
TCE514 – The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
This reading seminar traces the theological road to the Council of Nicaea in 325 and the continuing path to the Council of Chalcedon in 451. This monumental theological development will be explored in seminar style through directed readings as we examine together the historical context, the primary documents, and the key players in this theological drama.
Karl Barth and Evangelicalism
ST530 – Fuller Seminary Northwest & Sacramento
This course examines the life and theology of Karl Barth, one of the most significant and influential theologians of the twentieth century. Students will explore the major themes of Barth’s theology and read primary texts in the doctrine of God, Christology, humanity and sin, revelation, “natural” theology, the church, and other major loci. Barth’s formative social, political, and ecclesial context will also be considered. Finally, the course will consider the reception of Barth’s thought among British and North American evangelicals, and evaluate a number of leading criticisms.
Karl Barth Engaging Culture
TCE513B – The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
This course explores the theology of Karl Barth, with particular attention to the cultural context in which Barth developed his hugely influential theological project. Through directed readings and seminar discussions students will examine the major themes of Barth’s theology and engage with his work in the doctrine of God, Christology, humanity and sin, revelation, “natural” theology, the church, and other major loci. Barth’s formative social, political, and ecclesial context will also be considered in order to illustrate the deep connections between theology and praxis, challenging students to reflect upon their own cultural engagement in the ongoing task of theological formation.
Courses in Church History
Church History I
TCE506 – The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
This course examines the unfolding narrative of Christianity from its beginnings to the eve of the Reformation, along with the history of Christian mission and the part Christians and Christianity played in the larger social history of each era. It seeks to integrate doctrinal, intellectual, liturgical, and ecclesiastic history with an understanding of how Christians lived their daily lives.
Church History II
TCE507 – The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology
This course examines the continuing narrative of Christianity from the Protestant Reformation to the present.
The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in its Historical Development
HT500 – Fuller Seminary Northwest
HT500 is a survey of patristic theology and early church history that focuses especially on the doctrine of God, including the Christian church’s development of Trinitarian and Christological theology and creeds in its dialogue with its opponents and with its multiple cultural contexts, including the empires, languages, religions, and philosophies of the ancient Asian, African and European regions. Related topics and themes to be addressed may include the role of the apostolic fathers and apologists, the controversy with Gnosticism, tensions between Eastern and Western forms of Christianity, and selected doctrinal developments that extend through the Protestant Reformation to today.
The Church’s Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Historical Development
HT502 – Fuller Seminary Northwest & Fuller Online
HT502 is a survey largely of medieval and Reformation history and theology that focuses especially on the doctrines that received their crucial shape for Protestant Christians during this period. Among these are the doctrine of the church (including the authority and office of the ministry, sacraments, the place of councils, and the role of the laity), the doctrine of scripture (including the place of tradition), theological anthropology (including human nature as created and fallen, and original sin), and the doctrine of the Christian life (including the entire order of salvation—election, calling, faith, justification, sanctification, and final glory).
Courses in Religious Studies
Introduction to the New Testament
RLS202 – St. Martin’s University
A survey of the New Testament with particular emphasis on the Gospels as the faith expression of the early Christian community. An introduction to modern Biblical interpretation, with a study of the dominant themes in the Gospels, Epistles, Acts and the Book of Revelation.
RLS302 – St. Martin’s University (Online)
A study of major religions with emphasis on history, doctrine and ethics.
RLS303 – St. Martin’s University
An extensive interdisciplinary discussion of ethical theories and applied ethics relevant to fields such as business, government, religion, engineering, and medicine.
(See the Curriculum Vitae for a complete list of courses taught.)