This course concentrates on a selected figure(s) in the Christian theological and ethical traditions. Primary source readings are emphasized.
A course offered to undergraduates (mostly senior natural resource majors) and seminarians. This course has several goals, including helping people steeped in natural sciences and those in theology to begin to develop a common vocabulary. This includes biblical, theological, and practical congregational materials as well as economic and “hard” scientific matters with possible interaction with the University of Georgia’s River Basin Center. There are readings, lectures, seminars and field trips. The major graded piece is a small team project.
The objective of this course is to understand what the Christian tradition has to offer those seeking to live authentic relational lives in the twenty-first century. We will use texts from several disciplines, including sociology, literature, and economics. Central to our task will be a thorough examination of Biblical and classical theological texts dealing with marriage, family, and sexuality.
This course will examine the theological ethics of Stanley Hauerwas. Taking both a developmental and thematic approach, topics considered will be such distinctively Hauerwasian issues as vision, virtue, agents and agency, narrative, character, community, tragedy, suffering, pacifism, medical ethics, the mentally handicapped, and the Church. Hauerwas’s ambiguous ecclesial status as both Methodist and Episcopalian, with deep indebtedness to the Roman Catholic and Mennonite traditions, will also be considered, as well as his recent attempts to re-focus Christian preaching on theology.