The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Core Courses

CEMT 511 Introduction to Moral Theology


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to questions about what it means to be a moral person in our contemporary world. In particular, we will examine what it means to be a Christian moral person — that is, what Christian faith and tradition contribute to our understanding of a moral universe. We will begin with an examination of moral formation in community. We will then discuss ethical principles as they have emerged throughout the Christian tradition. Through readings on “modernity” and “post-modernity,” we will explore how such resources can be used to assist in discerning Christian moral life today.

CEMT 522 Contemporary Moral Issues


This course considers particular moral issues and questions as they arise in the contemporary life of Christians and in the Church at large.


CEMT 545 Major Thinkers in Ethics

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This course concentrates on a selected figure(s) in the Christian theological and ethical traditions. Primary source readings are emphasized.

CEMT 553 Many Sides of Sustainability


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.

CEMT 557 Marriage, Family, and Sexuality


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.

CEMT 558 The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas


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.