Religion and Selected Topics
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A 1997 course by Katie Cannon at Temple University examines "the Black Women's Literary tradition to understand how it functions as a continuing symbolic expression and transformer of value patterns fashioned by the female members of the African American community" with a focus on ethical perspectives.
A 2000 course by Paul Waldau at Episcopal Divinity School explores "the extent to which religious traditions have affected the ways in which we see and speak about animals other than humans, as well as the manner in which contemporary scientists view and speak about animals."
A 2006 course taught by Ralph Korner at Taylor University College focuses "on the nature of apocalyptic literature, and its interpretation" with special attention to the "biblical book of Revelation."
A 2013 course by William Webb at Tyndale Seminary examines the Book of Revelation "with a focus on its literary genre, theological themes and the various schools of interpretation;" special focus on "teaching and preaching its contents."
A 2005 course by Robert Kraft at the University of Pennsylvania introduces "'apocalyptic' movements in early Judaism and early Christianity within the context of development of the various threads that together came to be known as 'Christianity' during the formative period prior to the official recognition and consolidation as a religious option under Constantine (ca 325 CE)."
A 2013 course by Barbara Leung Lai at Tyndale Seminary offers a "literary, interpretive, and theological study of the book of Daniel."
A course by David Schnasa Jacobsen at Toronto School of Theology aims "to help students gain competence in exegetical and homiletical methods that aid Biblical preaching" in relation to apocalyptic texts.
A 2011 course by Sam Thomas at California Lutheran University on "American history and culture through the lens of 'apocalypse' (broadly defined), with the aim of highlighting aspects of American history and society that draw from and express apocalyptic visions."
A 2013 course by Daniel Alvarez at Florida International University focuses on Lewis's "interpretation of Christianity . . . (and) whether his interpretation merits the acclaim that it has received . . . (and) whether Lewis can be said to be a defender of Christianity in its most rigorously orthodox form."
A course by Dan Eppley at McMurry University studies the thought of Augustine, Anselm, Aquinas, and Luther.
A 1998 course by Naomi Steinberg at DePaul University aims to "provide an introduction to major theoretical perspectives and significant recent interdisciplinary research as these relate to the topic of gender roles in the Bible."
A course by Jane Webster at Barton College explores "how the bible shapes our understanding of 'the religious female'" as well as artistic representations of these women.
A 2013 course taught by Sandra Jacobs at King's College, London "explores the characterization and role of women in the Hebrew Bible . . . With a view to understanding the patriarchal context in which these traditions evolved."
A 2005 course taught by Dan Clanton at Doane College "examines the roles and images of women in Hebrew Bible, Apocryphal, and New Testament texts."
A 2014 course by Doug Kennard at Houston Graduate School of Theology on the book of Revelation and its contemporary, antecedent, and later instantiations.
A 2005 course by James Kelhoffer at Saint Louis University offers a "survey and analysis of early Christian apocalypses and their literary precedents in Jewish apocalypses and apocalypticism."
A 2007 course taught by Russell Morton at Ashland Theological Seminary offers a "close exploration of Revelationâs challenge to first-century believers in Asia Minor will lead to discussion of its ongoing challenge and encouragement to churches."
A course by Anne McGuire at Haverford College focuses "on a critical examination of the varied representations of Mary Magdalene as disciple, witness, and icon in religion, literature, and the arts. Images of Mary Magdalene will serve as a lens through which to examine changing conceptions of gender, sin, sexuality, spirituality, the body, and salvation."
A 2013 course by Zachary Braiterman at Syracuse University explores "core philosophical concepts and dynamics in the philosophical writings of Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig."
A 2011 course by Christopher Elwood at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary "examines the thought of John Calvin in the context of his life and work on behalf of the movements for reform of the church in sixteenth-century Europe."
A course by Mary Suydam at Kenyon College "explores the evolution and development of the Christian spiritual mystical traditions and prayer practices from the origins of Christianity to the present day."
A 2014 course by Mark Wessner at Briercrest College and Seminary explores personal and communal Christian spiritual formation and practice.
A 1998 course by Kathleen O'Grady at the University of Calgary surveys "religious views and evaluations of traditional religious structures by contemporary women writers."
A 1998 course by Lee Ramsey at Memphis Theological Seminary about "pastoral care in times of grief and loss."
A 2016 course by Mindy McGarrah Sharp at Phillips Theological Seminary "will equip leaders in ministry . . . To hone practicing attention to and remaining presence in the midst of death, dying, illness, loss, and grief."
A 2010 course by Martha Reineke at the University of Northern Iowa seeks "to understand received images and texts of gender, but also to locate the means to modify and challenge the cultural traditions that they explore." The course is "organized around the consideration of two theoretical traditions that have influenced feminist theories . . . post structuralism and psychoanalysis."
A course by Joseph Molleur at Cornell College asks "Is Christianity, as traditionally practiced, conducive to the full flourishing of women? If not, can Christianity be reconceived so as to more fully contribute to womenâs flourishing?"
A 2013 course by Robert Kawashima at the University of Florida on apocalypticism which entails "a new literary form . . . And . . . a new way of viewing reality."
A 2013 course by Rebecca Idestrom at Tyndale Seminary that explores the "Bible's portrayal of women . . . (through) key Old Testament passages against the background of ancient Israelite society" with discussion of contemporary issues as well.
A course by Chad Bauman at Butler University on the "relationship of religion, politics, and conflict in modern South Asia."
A 2005 course by James Cutsinger at the University of South Carolina focuses on "introduce students to the perennialist school of comparative religious thought" with special attention to "the work of Frithjof Schuon."
A 2013 course by William Robert at Syracuse University on the thought of Luce Irigaray.
A course by Barbara von Schlegell at the University of Pennsylvania "focuses on Muslim women and the understanding of gender in Islam and in comparison with Jewish womenâs experience."
A course by Barbara von Schlegell at the University of Pennsylvania considers "the current Western view of Muslim women" as well as "translated islamic texts on gender and historical evidence of women's religious and social activities since the sixth century."
A course by Miriam Dean-Otting at Kenyon College "offers a comparative approach to the study of mysticism with a focus on Hinduism and Judaism."
A 1997 course by Ellen Umansky at Fairfield University surveys the "ways in which women have understood and experienced Judaism from the biblical period through the present."
A 1999 course by Mike Stanfield and Lois Lorentzen at the University of San Francisco "explores various religious legacies and traditions both shaped by and for women in Latin America."
A 2014 course by James Furr at Houston Graduate School of Theology studies "various styles of leadership and their relevance for invigorating the faith community."
A 2014 course by Ken Schuman at Houston Graduate School of Theology examines "the characteristics of postmodern contexts and spiritual leadership within those contexts."
A 2002 course by Joe Incandela at Saint Mary's College concerns "what religion is, what questions religion prompts and how it functions in people'sâ lives to affect how those lives are lived, how hopes unfold, and how others are encountered."
A 1998 course by Albert Harrill at DePaul University traces Christian views of gender and marriage through New Testament and the period of early Christianity.
A 2000 course by Paul Hyams at Cornell University surveys 'the first Christian centuries up to the eve of the Reformation" with respect to theological and canonical Christian marriage. Other topics "such as homosexuality, rape/abduction, prostitution, bawd and literary attitudes towards sexuality" will also be considered.
A 2011 course by Loren Townsend at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary "is a study of empirical research methods and their application to pastoral counseling and marriage and family therapy."
A course by Liz Wilson at Miami University (Ohio) "explores some of the fundamental presuppositions about and experiences of marriage in selected Western and nonWestern cultures."
A course by Barbara von Schlegell at the University of Pennsylvania approaches "the nature of God and the hidden meanings of the Qur'an, dreams and miraculous powers, and the spiritual reality of sexual union" through Islamic mystical texts.
A 2010 course by Deeana Klepper at Boston University focuses "on some of the most important mystical texts and visionary literature from the High and Later Middle Ages, both Latin and vernacular, orthodox and heterodox."
A 2014 course by Shannon McAlister at Fordham University "explores the experience of spiritual direction from the standpoint of both the director and the directed."
A course by Patricia Miller at Syracuse University explores the "Platonic philosophers and thematics that were most influential in shaping the structures of early Christian theological, cosmological, ethical, and hermeneutical thinking."
A course by Patrick Frierson at Whitman College "provides an overview of Kierkegaard's major works."
A 2009 course by John Caputo at Syracuse University inquires "of what can be called Aradical theology@ with a special focus on Hegel and the theological tradition that ensued after Hegel, down to the most lively among contemporary Hegelians, Slavoj Zizek, and his radical readings of Christianity."
A 2006 course by Scott Seay at Christian Theological Seminary "dealing primarily with the life and thought of John Calvin . . . But secondarily with the impact that Calvin has had on the trajectories of Western Christianity."
A course by Paul Waldau at Tufts University examines "how religious traditions have affected various cultures' views and treatment of the earth's other living beings."
A 2009 course by Catherine Murphy at Santa Clara University "explores postcolonial theory and its applications to the interpretation of the New Testament."
A 2013 course by Mark Lewis Taylor at Princeton Theological Seminary examines globalization, "coloniality of power, class and empire, as challenges to critical reflection in theology and ethics."
A course by James Wellman and Scott Noegel at the University of Washington on the "complex relationship between religion, violence, and peace."
A 2006 course by Debbie Creamer at Iliff School of Theology introduces "the language, history, methodology, principal sources, and primary issues related to the field of disability studies" and disability theology.
A 2009 course by Emilie Townes at Yale Divinity School is "an examination of the ways in which metaphors function at the intersections of various forms of oppression."
A 2011 course by Wesley Wildman at Boston University about the conversations between science and religion around health and healing.
A course by John Cort at Denison University explores "some of the ways in which the religious traditions of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Christianity have advocated the use of nonviolent means to effect personal transformation, to resolve social conflict, and to advance causes of social change."
A 2003 course by Michael Clark at Warren Wilson College surveys "literary/cultural features and motifs of biblical apocalypse texts . . . Various postbiblical apocalyptic communities and /or events over history . . . [and] how apocalyptic thinking continues to shape 20th and 21st century ways of being in the world."
A 2011 course by Gerardo Marti at Davidson College "pursues sociological analysis at the intersection of race-ethnicity and religion" in America.
A 2008 course by Jane Naomi Iwamura at the University of Southern California explores "the complex intersections of race and religion in contemporary America through the rhetorical analysis of written texts and film."
A 2012 course by Mindy McGarrah Sharp at Phillips Theological Seminary seeks to "establish and build on a basic framework of Christian ethics in order to study models of Christian moral reasoning and responding in the face of violence over a variety of contexts."
A 2016 course by Michael Dodds, O.P. at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology explores "classical and contemporary questions regarding the nature of God and creation . . . Through the retrieval of the tradition of Thomas Aquinas. Existence and attributes of God, divine compassion and human suffering, the possibility and nature of God-talk, divine action and contemporary science, cosmology and creation."
A 2011 course by Shalahudin Kafrawi at Hobart and William Smith Colleges "discusses Qurâanic views regarding the meaning of Islam and Qurâanic treatment of various forms of peace including liberation, justice, equality, submission, freedom, and tolerance, as well as those of violence including war, self-defense, killing, suicide, sacrifice, and punishment" with attention to historical origins of teachings and contemporary issues.
A 1998 course by Ken Butigan and Louis Vitale at the Franciscan School of Theology and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley "investigate(s) the spirituality, dynamics and strategies of Christian nonviolence." The readings "draw on the teachings and practices of the Christian peace and justice tradition; Christian feminism; and Gandhian nonviolence."
A 2013 course by Cecelia Clegg and Theodora Hawksley at the University of Edinburgh on "the relations between religion, violence and building peace" using case studies.
A 2009 course by Ellen Posman at Baldwin Wallace College examines "the beliefs about death and the afterlife from a variety of religious and cultural perspectives."
A 1998 course by Jeffrey Carlson at DePaul University explores Paul Tillich's "analysis of religion," Christianity, and Buddhism.
A 2013 course by Stuart Squires at Brescia University "surveys five different religionsâHinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam" with attention to their similarities and differences and special focus on how they respond to the problem of suffering.
A 2013 course by Jean Ranier at Florida International University "considers how symbols related to the supernatural world are created and structure," their meanings and functions.
A 2013 course by Shannon McAlister at Fordham University on the "experience [of] the divine in and through corporeality."
A 2004 course by Debbie Creamer at Iliff School of Theology introduces "disability studies as an avenue through which to examine issues of access, inclusion, justice, and community" as well as "definitions and models of disability."
A 2015 course by Gerald Schlabach at the University of St. Thomas provides an "examination of the views of various religions and ideologies on issues of justice and peace, with special attention to the Catholic and of the Christian teachings on such issues as war and peace, violence, economic justice, the environment, criminal justice, and social justice."
A 2014 course taught by Reid B. Locklin University of Toronto "explores the claim of diverse Christian traditions in South Asia to be religious traditions of South Asia, with special attention to these traditionsâ indigenisation and social interactions with majority Hindu traditions."
A 2013 course by Barbara Haycraft and Jeff Loach at Tyndale Seminary
A 2013 course by Joseph Boenzi at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology "offers a general history of the life, work and thought of this missionary, bishop, founder and doctor of the Church."
A 2010 course by Gordon Lindbloom at Lewis & Clark College "on understanding the ways spirituality and religion inform and influence the lives of clients and of counselors."
A course by James Diamond at the University of Waterloo explores "philosophical, theological . . . literary . . . and artistic attempts to deal with the issues the Holocaust raises."
A 2014 course by Eric Nelson at the University of Massachusetts Lowell on "various philosophical and religious explanations of evil and suffering."
A course by Joseph Molleur at Cornell College seeks "to understand the general patterns of experience and expression that constitute the religious world" through the thought of Mircea Eliade and Black Elk.
A 2014 course by Benjamin Wall at Houston Graduate School of Theology is a "study of the reciprocal relationship of theology and spirituality for development of a foundation for spiritual formation and direction."
A 2012 course by Caryn Tiswold at Illinois College explores the "classic question of theodicy . . . With a study of classic and contemporary attempts to deal with the problem of evil in light of God's goodness and power."
A 2013 course by Jeremy Bergen at the University of Waterloo surveys "the theological accounts of war and peace that Christians have given from the early church to the present."
A 1998 course by Liza McAlister at Wesleyan University "examines various American eschatologies and the religious communities that imagine them."
A 2003 course by Chris Hamilton at Washburn University "describes the major world religions in America, and their political/social teachings and practices that affect American life and the world."
A 2007 course by Ira Chernus at the University of Colorado at Boulder "studies selected eras of war and selected movements for peace throughout U.S. history . . . the Pequot war, the war with Mexico, the Spanish-American war, World War II, the Cold War, the U.S. wars against Iraq, and the "war on terrorism" are featured.
A 2011 course by Ellen Blue at Phillips Theological Seminary "is a survey of the history of women and religion in the U.S. from the colonial period to the present" in the United States.
A 2010 course by Marcia Robinson at Syracuse University "focuses upon the role that religion may have played in womenâs understandings of themselves as abolitionists, social reformers, and human beings" with special attention to Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Sarah and Angelina GrimkÃ©, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
A 1999 course by Timothy Lubin at Washington and Lee University investigates the "place of religious ideas and practices in defining social identity and shaping actual communities, and roles of religion in politics" through the lens of South Asia, "drawing examples from India, Sri Lank, Pakistan, and Nepal."
A 2016 course by Geoffrey Claussen at Elon University offers a historical perspective on "ancient and medieval texts about war in their original contexts, and then giving particular attention to modern Jewish thinking in various contexts."
A 2001 course by Patricia Miller at Syracuse University on Greek goddesses as a historical and contemporary phenomenon.
A 1997 course by Alicia Ostriker at Rutgers University that puts the Bible and female interpreters into conversation.
A 2013 course taught by Reid B. Locklin University of Toronto examines "the impact of modern and contemporary feminist movements in Christian theology and practice . . . In dialogue with Queer theology, First Nations critique and postcolonial perspectives from the global South."
A 2013 course by Gordon Jensen at Saskatoon Theological Union focuses "on reformation women and their contributions."
A 2005 course by Julia Winden-Fey at the University of Central Arkansas aims "to acquaint students with the motivations behind and variety of perspectives in feminist approaches to theological work."
A 1996 course by Kwok Pui-lan and Letty Russell at Yale Divinity School is a "critical study of the challenges and the contributions of Third World Feminist theologians."
A 2017 course by Lisa Davison at Phillips Theological Seminary is "designed as a survey of the Hebrew Bible from the perspective of the female characters in the stories."
A course by Michael Zank at Boston University on gender within Judaism.
A 2011 course by Katherine Rousseau at the University of Colorado Denver presents "different ways of understanding apocalyptic imagination: as a literary genre; as a form of group behavior; as a historical and social phenomenon; as political-religious commentary; and as a means of persuasion."
A 2013 course by Brad Starr at California State University-Fullerton "explores the development, context, variety, forms, and consequences of religious apocalyptic and millennial expectations."
A 2010 course by Richard Taylor at Marquette University on "the psychology, epistemology and metaphysics of Thomas Aquinas."
A 2012 course by Richard Taylor at Marquette University "on the nature of the human intellect" as understood by Thomas Aquinas and his sources.
A 2001 course by Amir Hussain at California State University, Northridge, offers "a cross- cultural look at death and dying in several different religious traditions."
A 1998 course by James Halstead at DePaul University surveys "(religious attitudes and practices responding to the phenomena of death and dying studied cross-culturally, conceptually and ethically."
A 2012 course by Rebecca Moore at San Diego State University "looks at how humans deal with death: religiously, spiritually, socially, culturally, and medically."
A 1998 course by Christopher Ross at Wilfrid Laurier University studies "the role of loss, grief, and death in human lives, through an exploration of psychotherapeutic and religious responses to these issues;" includes a personal reflection component.
A 2001 course by Paula Cooey at Macalester College "explores possible relations between love and death in human life, illustrated in theory, fiction, and film."
A 2014 course by Sean Michael Lewis at Reformed Theological Seminary serves as an "introduction to the life and thought of Jonathan Edwards, utilizing both primary and secondary sources."
A 2016 course by Lisa Hoff at Gateway Seminary "presents a framework of biblical and cultural leadership models, values and skills for leadership influence in multicultural leadership effectiveness."
A 2015 course by Gary Peluso-Verdend at Phillips Theological Seminary provides a theological and skill-based approach to "church leadership and administration."
A 2009 course by Gordon Jensen at Saskatoon Theological Union "is an introduction to the theology of Martin Luther . . . In its historical context."
A 2002 course by Michael Sells at Haverford College "devoted to Jewish, Islamic and Christian Mystical Literature, with an emphasis on the the Dominican Meister Eckhart (d. 1327), Beguine Mystics Hadewijch of Antwerp and Margarete Porete (d. 1310), Sufi "Grand Master" Ibn 'Arabi (1165-1240), and the author of The Zohar, Moses de Léon (d. 1305)."
A 1998 course by Jordan Paper at York University introduces "a major aspect of religion: ecstatic experience of the individual and the effects of such experiences on culture and society."
A 2013 course by Eric Nelson at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell examines "the concept and experience of 'mysticism' through a comparative exploration of major expressions of mysticism and philosophical interpretations of mysticism in East Asian . . . and Western . . . thought."
A 2011 course by Bruce Janz at the University of Central Florida seeks "to outline the history of western mysticism from ancient times to about 1700." Majority of the course focuses on Christianity, but some attention is given to Jewish and Islamic mysticism as well.
A 2011 course by Ann Burlein at Hofstra University introduces students to the thought of Friedrich Nietzsche.
A 2011 course by Daniel Alvarez at Florida International University on the thought of Michel Foucault.
A 1998 course by Joe Groves at Guilford College examines "several significantly different approaches to nonviolence" as an experience, a way of life.
A 1997 course by Manfred Steger at Illinois State University employs "political, ethical, and sociocultural" perspectives to encourage "a personal examination of the connections between political power, violence, and ethically motivated forms of nonviolent resistance."
A 2010 course by Ira Chernus at the University of Colorado at Boulder traces "the history of nonviolence movements in the U.S. from colonial times to the present, with special attention to the influence of Christian theology and the teachings of Gandhi." Reinhold Niebuhr's critique of nonviolence will also be considered.
A 2011 course by Ellen Posman at Baldwin Wallace College.
A 2013 course taught by Charles Bellinger at Brite Divinity School "explores the highly ambiguous relationship between religious faith and violence" through ethical, social, psychological, political, and theological perspectives.
A 2002 course by Michael Sells at Haverford College uses case studies to analyze phenomena of violence with religious roots.
A 2016 course taught by John N. Sheveland at Gonzaga University investigates "recent examples of religious group violence and consult a variety of religious responses. We study sacred texts, theological and ethical traditions, but also films, through 2015."
A course by Rick Rogers at Eastern Michigan University "explores the disturbing alliance between religion and violence in a variety of religious traditions and cultural contexts."
A 2006 course by Jim Watts at Syracuse University traces "the idea of sacrifice along two vectors: the cultural vector . . . From modern to ancient Near Eastern cultures, and the theoretical vector which we will analyze forwards from 19th-century to contemporary theorists of sacrifice."
A 2011 course by Wesley Wildman at Boston University aims to "read and understand the theology of Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher, one of the most important and influential European intellectuals of the 19th century, and known variously as the Father of Romanticism, the Father of Hermeneutics, the Father of German Plato studies, the Father of Modern Protestant Theology, and the Father of Liberal Christian Theology."
A 2007 course by Kenneth Parker at Saint Louis University designed "to broaden our understanding of the rich history and heritage of Christian spirituality."
A 2012 course by Ifeoma Kwesi at Oakwood University offers a "biblical, theological, historical and practical study of spiritual formation for Christian ministry."
A 2014 course by Mady Fraser at Phillips Theological Seminary reflects "on the practice of hospitality as a spiritual discipline."
A 2002 course by Michel Desjardins at Wilfrid Laurier University examines Jewish, Christian, and Muslim understandings of the concept of evil.
A 1998 course by Jeffrey Carlson at DePaul University explores "some of the most significant ways in which men and women--primarily but not exclusively Jewish and Christian--have thought about, and lived in relation to what they consider to be "evil" . . . under three (usually overlapping) aspects" personal, systemic, and natural.
A 2013 course by James Beverley at Tyndale Seminary "examines philosophical, theological, biblical and pastoral perspectives on the problem of evil and suffering."
A 1997 course by Glen Stassen at Fuller Theological Seminary "compare(s) and contrast(s) the approaches of several types of Christian ethics to peacemaking and war. The types include pacifism, just war theory, and just peacemaking theory."
A 2009 course by Gerald Schlabach at the University of St. Thomas "examines circumstances in which military force may be justified and the moral constraints that apply to its conduct."
A 2011 course by Bryan Stone at Boston University School of Theology examines "the primary doctrinal, methodological, and practical commitments of John Wesleyâs theology as developed in his sermons, hymns, writings, and life-praxis. . . . [as well as] contemporary trends in Methodism and in Wesleyan theology . . . ."
A 1997 course by Kathleen O'Grady at Wilfrid Laurier University.
A 1998 course by Beverly Moon at Fordham University "designed to emphasize the many different kinds of goddesses that are found in the history of religions."
A 1998 course by Ann Wetherilt at Emmanuel College studies "the historical and contemporary experiences and roles of women, with particular attention to the ways in which religious beliefs and ideology have affected womenâs lives in relation to religious and other social institutions."
A 1998 course by Martha Reineke at the University of Northern Iowa argues that "religious experiences have been markedly differentiated by gender, religion needs to be studied in ways that acknowledge its gender-specific character."
A 2002 course by Angelyn Dries at Cardinal Stritch University provides an "introduction to the contemporary research, writings, and experience of Christian, Jewish, and to a lesser extent, Buddhist and Islamic women."
A 2000 course by Alan Altany at Marshall University "takes an historical and comparative look at the role, meaning and self-understanding of women in religious traditions from Paleolithic times to today, with an emphasis upon the modern world."
A 2013 course by Wakoh Shannon Hickey at Alfred University studies the "lives of women in multiple religious traditions."
A 2011 course by Christine Gudorf at Florida International University
A course by Mary Suydam at Kenyon College "explores the significance of Christianity for women." It considers "founders of church-reform movements . . . new Christian churches . . . [and] contemporary Christian issues involving women, such as ordination, abortion, and marriage and divorce laws."
A 2003 course by Michael Clark at Warren Wilson College examines "the effects of (hetero)patriarchy on the construction of masculine identity, menâs relationships with one another and with women, menâs sexuality and ethics, and other topics, while also exploring how masculine socialization and male experience both shape religious ideas, symbols, rituals, institutions, and spirituality, and are in turn shaped by them."
A 2009 course by Laura Wexler and Sally Promey at Yale University "takes an interdisciplinary approach to examining issues of religion, gender, representation, and globalization."
A course by Gisela Webb at Seton Hall University inquires about how religious traditions understand women and how they should be in society.
A 2017 course by Michael Kuykendall at Gateway Seminar "is an introduction to the primary literature, theology, and message of the apocalyptic genre, with specific emphasis placed on the book of Revelation."
A 2014 course by Francis McAloon at Fordham University "provides a solid grounding in the history of Christian spirituality, both east and west."
A 2010 course by Mari Fitzduff at Brandeis University.
A course by Mark Given at Missouri State University is a "historical and socio-rhetorical analysis of ancient Jewish and Christian apocalyptic movements and literature with some attention to modern examples."
A 2009 course by Michael Andres at Northwestern College offers a "study of John Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion, as well as a survey of other varieties of Reformed theology, including later Calvinism."
A 2012 course by Mark Lewis Taylor at Princeton Theological Seminary examines "Christianity's relation to the problems of white supremacist and racist phenomena" and to explore how "different theological works . . . enable Christian faith to be anti-racist in practice, and to facilitate course memberâs creation of their own anti-racist strategies in belief and practice."
A 2011 course by Phil Harland at York University.
A 2008 course by Ken Brashier at Reed College studies the "hell scrolls" in the college's possession, as well as others, to understand how their depiction of hell "Chinese scrolls depicting hell combine image and text to communicate religious ideas to a broad audience; they offer ethics, entertainment and an education on how the cosmos works, warning about the certainties of karmic retribution."
A 2001 course by Margaret MacDonald "investigates women's participation in early Christian groups from the time of Jesus' ministry to the 6th century C.E."
A 2012 course by Yolanda Pierce and Mark Lewis Taylor at Princeton Theological Seminary aims "to examine the major issues and thinkers in womanist and feminist theologies through an integrative study of historical, literary, doctrinal and ethical resources and methods."
A 2002 course by K. I. Koppedrayer at Wilfrid Laurier University "is a study of Gandhi, the man, and Gandhi, the myth. It is about colonial India and the life and times of Mahatma Gandhi, his struggles for personal freedom and for a free India. It is also about our memory of Gandhi."
A 2008 course by Deeana Klepper at Boston University explores "the role of gender and sexuality in Judaism and Jewish experience, historically and in the present. Subjects will include constructions of masculinity and femininity, attitudes toward (and uses of) the body and sexuality, textual traditions, and the gendered nature of religious practice and religious authority."
A 2018 course by Catherine Murphy at Santa Clara University "opens the Bible and its interpretation to critical readings from feminist and queer theory and emerging perspectives from the transgender and intersex experience."
A 2012 course by Charles Bellinger at Brite Divinity School "addresses key themes in the writings of Soren Kierkegaard, with a view to the place of his ideas within modern moral philosophy."
A 2013 course by Ana Maria Bidegain at Florida International University focuses on "the diversity of religious experiences among women born and educated in Latin cultures in different countries and sub-regions such as: Brazil, the Caribbean, South, Central and North America particularly Hispanic in the U.S. and Mexico" with an emphasis on the 20th century.
A 2010 course by Alexander Hwang at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary introduces "to the lives and thoughts of four significant medieval theologians each representing a different medieval context: Prosper of Aquitaine (380-455), Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), Thomas Aquinas (1225- 74), and Julian of Norwich (1342-1423)." Special emphasis is "on the theme of grace and freedom, with attention to how these theologians integrate practice and belief, spirituality and theology."
A course by Catherine Wessinger at Loyola University New Orleans seeks to "understand the diversity of religious patterns that scholars have termed millennialism, the expectation of an imminent transition to a collective state of salvation either earthly or heavenly;" special empasis on "recent and contemporary movements" and cross-cultural perspectives.
A course by Michael Zank at Boston University "covers major sources in the modern Continental philosophical conversation on the philosophy of religion focusing on the writings of Kant, Schleiermacher, Hegel, and Kierkegaard."
A 2002 course by Amir Hussain and Crerar Douglas at California State University, Northridge, includes "a close reading of Blake's biography . . . [and] the art and poetry that he created."
A 2012 course by Martha Reineke at the University of Northern Iowa tools "from the mimetic theory of Rene Girard" to explore religion and violence in the contemporary period.
A 2013 course by Brad Starr at California State University, Fullerton, is an "Interdisciplinary exploration of major theories, developments, and documents connected to the relationship between religious practices and motivations for engaging in, preventing, or rejecting violent behavior."
A 2012 course by Mark Unno at the University of Oregon "examines the interplay of themes of religion, love, and death in selected strands of Asian and Western sources" and "examines the diverse dimensions of love and death: love in relation to family, sexuality, society, nature, and the religious dimensions of the divine, dharma, and dao; social, psychological, physical, and religious significations of death. These are set against the background of a range of themes including class, gender, and sexuality."
A 2007 course by Catherine Wessinger at Loyola University New Orleans explores "religious responses to disaster in the context of diverse faiths, with special attention paid to the 2005 Katrina and Rita disaster in New Orleans."
A 2014 course by Phil Harland at York University "investigates the origins, development and legacies of apocalypticism within Judean culture and early Christianity. . . . . [it] will also survey the legacies of apocalypticism in religious movements, popular culture (including music and film), and artistic representation to the present day."
A 2011 course by Kelley Flannery Rowan at Florida International University explores "the various experiences of women throughout the worldâs religious traditions. . . . includes an exploration of the religions and the rules, rituals, and views that have developed concerning womenâs lives, bodies, and their acceptable roles in both society and religion. We will look at how women have confronted, ignored, or found alternate paths in which to grow in their spiritual lives . . . ."
A 2006 course by Catherine Wessinger at Loyola University New Orleans seeks to understand "in historical terms of the tension between the significant religious opportunities available to women in the Christian tradition, and the subordination of women in Christian institutions. An understanding of the history of women in the Christian tradition will contribute to an understanding of womenâs roles in contemporary American society and in American Christian churches."
A 2011 course by Janet McDaniel at Florida International University surveys "the construction of gender and roles of women in the Hebrew Bible, New Testament and early Christian communities. The course will utilize Feminist Reconstruction methodology by examining the historical, cultural and religious settings of the texts, including their subsequent transmission through Western Civilization into the present."
A 2008 course by Catherine Wessinger at Loyola University New Orleans aims to "understand the ways women's roles in society and religious beliefs are interrelated and affect one another . . . through the historical study of some of the major religions of the world."
A course by Alfred Freddoso at the University of Notre Dame is designed " to see in some depth the relation among the main elements of St. Thomas's general moral theory as laid out in the First Part of the Second Part of the Summa Theologiae, viz., the treatises on beatitude, action, passion, habit, virtue, sin, law, and grace, and (b) to explore in more detail certain specific aspects of these treatises." The distinctions between Aquinas' moral theory and deontologism and consequentialism are also discussed.
A 2017 course by Jessica Starling examines "acts of self-discipline in a variety of cultural contexts, including Eastern (Jain, Hindu, Buddhist), Western (Stoic, Christian mystic), and modern secular (eco-activism, fasting diets, and extreme exercise regimes)" and through this "various understandings of the self, the body, desire, liberation and virtue."
A 2017 course by Mary Elizabeth Moore, Pamela Lightsey, and Bryan Stone aquaints students "with principles, practices, and tools for wise financial management in their personal and professional lives and from within a theological framework of stewardship."
A course by Angie Jackson at Central Baptist Theological Seminary seeks to "equip learners for financial wellbeing: practicing thoughtful and intentional money management that facilitates personal contentment, reflects faith in Jesus Christ, and demonstrates commitment to Christian vocation."
A 2017 course by Regina Wentzel Wolfe at Catholic Theological Union "explores the responsibility those called to ministry have to provide effective administrative and managerial leadership whether they serve in increasingly complex parishes, religious congregations, diocesan offices, or other Church related organizations. The course gives particular attention to the theological and ethical foundations of pastoral leadership as well as management theory and practice, communications and marketing skills, fundamental principles of human resource management, and basic budgeting and financial management skills. It also examines best practices in compliance and organizational ethics with emphasis on mission integration and ongoing professional development of staff."
A 2017 course by Steve Lawler at Eden Theological Seminary "focuses on key elements of management and how these support effective leadership and organizational success."
A course by Gary Hoag explores "the Scriptures to deepen . . . understanding of Christian generosity. . . . [And] the issues leaders face professionally and consider practices that are not formulaic, but rather, formational, for raising up stewards . . . .
A course by Gary Hoag pitched at multiple levels of higher education analyzes Christian perspectives on money and stewardship.
A course by Gary Hoag "helps leaders understand biblical stewardship principles as a basis for encouraging Christian generosity."
A 2017 course by Adam Copeland at Luther Seminary "includes a study of biblical texts related to giving and stewardship of resources, the meaning of money, oneâs own attitudes regarding money and stewardship, theological undergirdings for financial stewardship, the importance of pastoral leadership in a congregationâs stewardship, analysis of stewardship programs, engagement with church leaders, and discussion of practical application to contemporary congregational life and preaching."
A course by Gary Skeen at Mercer University "is designed for ministry leaders to study personal and church business concepts and basic administrative practices in order to enhance the vision and ministry of the church. Emphases include organizational structure, policies and procedures, financial processes, budgets, personnel issues, tax and legal issues, risk management, facilities management, church debt, social media, personal finances, donor issues, and stewardship philosophies."
A 2016 course by Jay Earheart-Brown and Debra Matthews at Memphis Seminary considers "biblical and theological resources for developing a theology of finance, along with developing the tools needed for personal financial planning and the management of finances in a church setting."
A 2016 course by Ginny Olson at North Park University Chicago "provides an overview of the fundamentals of church administration including aspects of church management such as: servant leadership, volunteer management, finances, fundraising, strategic planning, risk management, government regulations, legal issues, and pastoral/staff compensation and benefits."
A course by Courtney Wiley-Harris at New York Theological Seminary "is designed to understand fundraising as a ministry. It will provide the perspectives of biblical stewardship; insights on creating generous congregants and constituents; and explore the practical steps in crafting a Theology of Development."
A 2017 course by Bill Kirkemo at Nazarene Theological Seminary offers a "study of Christian financial management from three perspectives. First, the course focuses on all aspects of local church finance including budgeting, financial record keeping, receiving and disbursing funds, developing accounting systems, and planning for building projects. Second, the course helps the ministers-in-training to develop sound personal financial processes including personal budgeting, tax-wise ministerial compensation planning, and retirement planning. Finally, students are exposed to tools that can be used in promoting stewardship among congregants."
A 2015 course by DeForest Soaries, Jr. at New Brunswick Theological Seminary "offers an historical, cultural, Biblical and social overview of consumer debt in Western society. The evolution and impact of marketing and advertising as contributors to the culture of debt will be explored.The relationship between Christian faith, clergy and consumerism will also be considered.The impact of debt on clergy and congregational ministry will be studied."
A 2017 course by Timothy O'Brien at North Park University Chicago "addresses the knowledge and skills necessary to provide financial leadership in a nonprofit organization. . . . the emphasis is on leading the financial function. Included in this course are appropriate financial and management strategies, GAAP, management control, long and short range planning, financial statement analysis, financial resource management, compliance and financial decision making tools.
A 2017 course by Rick Bee at Biola University "seeks to explore key theological themes and biblical texts related to personal use of money and possessions . . . . Attention will be placed on practical implementation of biblical financial principles in the studentsâ life development and vocation. Topics to be covered: materialism & spirituality, eternity, honesty, work/vocation, giving & spirituality, counsel, saving, and debt."
A 2017 course by Mary Lederleitner at Trinity International University "helps students, ministry staff and pastors grow in sensitivity and knowledge about how to navigate financial challenges common in a variety of ministry settings."
A 2014 course by Jan Cason at Baylor University "is designed for church leaders to study church business concepts and basic administrative practices in order to enhance the vision and ministry of the church. Major emphases include constitution and bylaws, policies and procedures, financial processes, budgets, personnel issues, tax and legal issues, risk management, facilities management, church debt, social media, personal finances, donor issues, and stewardship philosophies."
A 2016 course by Ched Myers at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities "examines . . . [economic justice] through the biblical lens of âSabbath Economics,â which identifies relational sufficiency as the divine vision for human life, and structural socio-economic disparity as an essential characteristic of human sin."
A 2014 course by John Senior at Wake Forest University "examines the structure of modern markets and evaluates their moral meaning in Christian theological perspective."
A 2014 course by Jonathan Miller and Katherine Shaner at Wake Forest University School of Divinity "surveys both the Biblical literature on debt and the landscape of consumer debt in the 21st-century United States."
A 2015 course by Lovett Weems at Wesley Theological Seminary introduces the "basics of personal financial management, including link of financial health to overall health, consumerism, debt management, tax considerations, legal issues, saving and investing, risk management and insurance, and health care and retirement benefits."
A 2017 course by Pam Bush and Kyle J.A. Small at Western Theological Seminary surveys personal and professional dimensions of financial stewardship for clergy.
A 2015 course by Brian Cannon at Western Theological Seminary covers "the fundamentals of good money management."
cal Seminary aims "to provide for the development of a âtool-kitâ for the first months and initial steps in congregational ministry beyond the seminary experience."
A 2014 course by Larry Murphy at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary examines "select issues black ministers have faced and addressed as they pursued the mission and ministries of the church" as well as "insights into the effective contemporary practice of ministry."
A 2007 course by S.M. Cohen at the University of Washington introduces the thought of pre-Socratics, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle.
A 2014 course by Barry Bryant at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary considers "the biblical, historical, and theological developments of Christology and anthropology, which will include theological themes such as the Christological debates, incarnation, models of atonement, soteriology, Christ and other religions, theodicy and reconciliation."
A course by Mark Teasdale at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary on "the theological and practical considerations of conceptualizing evangelism and integrating evangelism into various aspects of congregational life."
A 2014 course by Mark Fowler at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary surveys "the responsibilities, tasks and relationships of the pastor within various contexts." The course "provides practical guidance for pastoral visitation, use of time, stewardship, congregational communication, conducting weddings, funerals and public ceremonies, prison visitation as well as ecumenical and inter-faith relationships."
A 2014 course by David Hogue at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary provides "an overview of marriage and family counseling within both parish and clinical settings for the pastoral counselor." Family Systems Theory will be central.
A 2014 course by Frederick Schmidt at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary "Explores biblical texts, historical traditions, and modern approaches to the art of spiritual direction/guidance and its place in the church today; relationship of spiritual direction to counseling, therapy, and mentoring."
A 2014 course by Mark Fowler at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary focuses "on putting together the practical and conceptual frameworks of leadership in the context of both a class room case and a case developed-for-learning that is challenging in the studentâs present context."
A 2014 course by David DeCosse at Santa Clara University uses selections from the Summa Theologica to survey Thomas's theology and ethics.
A 2002 course by Brendan McGroarty and Sally Montgomery at Catholic University of America "considers methods of actor training in the light of various spiritual traditions."
A 2017 course by Jill DeTemple at Southern Methodist University introduces "International Economic Development as a global social institution which often intersects with social constructions of gender, religious institutions, and religious world views."
A 2019 course by Seth J. Nelson at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School "explores the equipping of educational and other church leaders through teaching and learning, curriculum development, discipleship, and team building as well as generational and intergenerational ministries with children, youth, emerging adults, adults, and aging adults."
A 2019 course by Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan at Seminary of the Southwest "engages multiple texts, scripture, literature, film, music, socio-political movements, and art to explore the violent system that grounds theological, psycho-socio-economic, and political oppression: white supremacist patriarchal misogyny, and the resulting intergenerational trauma, from a Womanist theological ethics perspective."
A 2020 course by Jeffrey D. Meyers at DePaul University "draws upon a variety of disciplines to examine despair and hope from theoretical and applied perspectives."
A 2020 course by Jeffrey D. Meyers at DePaul University "combines the perspectives of religious studies and peace, justice, and conflict studies to examine forgiveness and reconciliation and their role in conflict resolution and the creation of just and peaceful societies."
A 2021 course by Jeffrey D. Meyers at DePaul University "combines the perspectives of religious studies and peace, justice, and conflict studies to examine forgiveness and reconciliation and their role in conflict resolution and the creation of just and peaceful societies."
A 2020 course by Andrew Monteith at Elon University "investigates traditions that—in many cases—would not identify themselves as 'religion,' or which attempt to reject 'religion' as a concept. Examples of such traditions include New Atheism, Satanism, the veneration of social and political systems, Scientology, and even some religions identified as 'joke' religions, such as Pastafarianism."