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Boston College Theology Department

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5006-01

Sexualities and Spiritualities

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

Can you be Queer and spiritual? Trans or non-binary and religious? Straight, hooking up, and Catholic? Can you combine pleasure and piety? Of course you can. But how? This course surveys progressive thinkers examining the close relationship of sexuality, gender, the body, and spirituality. We look at evolving views of marriage and single life. We reflect on sexual violence. We ask how traditional religion distorts or supports these issues. Catholic, Protestant, and Episcopal authors explore developments and disagreements! -- that nurture authentically spiritual sexuality. The aim is to promote understanding and care for self and others. Graduates and undergraduates welcome.

BTI Category

Professor

Weiss

R

4:30-6:50p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5011-01

Revolutionaries, Diplomatic Theology, and Catholic Missionaries: Challenges in 20th Century China

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This is a survey course. Each of these three groups challenged the witness of Catholicism in China since 1900. Understand how American ambassadors, business and military interests responded to Chinese political and social change. Learn how they then enabled zealous and adventurous Catholic missionaries to balance their dual identity as American citizens as well representatives of the Pope in Rome to preach the Gospel and provide social relief as China quested stability amid decades of war. Discover how the Nationalists led by Chiang Kai-shek and the Communists inspired by Mao Zedong responded to and tested the resolve of these missionary foreigners. After 1949, the focusshifts to see how the U.S., the Holy See, and international Chinese Catholics have had to renegotiate their participation pertaining to religious freedom and human rights in China till the present day.No background on Chinese history is required. Theology, history, political science and international relation students are welcome.

BTI Category

Professor

Carbonneau

M

1-3:30p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5015-01

Theologies of Love in the Middle Ages

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

TBD

BTI Category

Professor

Coolman

TR

1:30-2:45p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5372-01

Patristic Greek I

BTI Category

Semester

Languages

FA24

This course is continued in the spring as THEO5373 New Testament Greek II.. This two-semester course is designed for the student with no previous knowledge of ancient Greek to develop reading and translating skills in Patristic Greek language by mastering the fundamental principles of Greek grammar and syntax and acquiring a basic reading vocabulary. The student becomes familiar with the meaning of Greek words, their forms and structure, and their customary arrangement in sentences. A secondary goal of this course is to serve as a foundation for further studies in Patristic Greek.

BTI Category

Professor

Schatkin

TR

10:30-11:45a

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT; Continued in Spring

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5449-01

Jewish Liturgy: History and Theology

BTI Category

Semester

Judaic Studies

FA24

Embedded in rabbinic prayer is a concise statement of Jewish theology. After an examination of the precursors of rabbinic prayer and of the development of the synagogue as an institution, this course will examine the structures and ideas of the prayers themselves as they have been received from the medieval world. This will create a context for a deeper discussion of some key Jewish theological concepts as well as a comparison of Jewish and Christian liturgical traditions.

BTI Category

Professor

Langer

T

3-5:25p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5514-01

Parables of Jesus

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

Close reading and analysis of Jesus' parables in the synoptic gospels from literary, social, historical, and theological perspectives. Special attention will be given to the historical Jesus' use of parables and to the literary functions of parables as "narratives within narratives" in the gospel stories.

BTI Category

Professor

Darr

W

10a-12:25p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5574-01

Ethics, Religion, and International Politics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

An examination of the role of religion in international politics and of ethical approaches to international affairs. Special emphasis will be given to religion as a source of conflict, religious communities as transnational agents for justice, protection of human rights, and peace; the historical development and contemporary formulations of ethical norms for the use of force; and ethical and religious contributions to reconciliation and solidarity.

BTI Category

Professor

Owens

MW

1:30-2:45

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

4

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

GRAD/UGRAD SPLIT, REQUIRED DISCUSSION: THEO5574-03 (T, 1-2p), -04 (R, 2-3p), -05 (R, 3-4p), -06 (R, 4-5p)

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5582-01

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I

BTI Category

Semester

Languages

FA24

This course is a thorough introduction to Biblical Hebrew and its principal grammatical structures in preparation for translation of prose and poetic texts. Readings in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament begin the fall semester and increase in variety throughout the year.

BTI Category

Professor

Cooley

MWF

2-2:5op

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7029-01

Biotechnologies, Health, and Theological Ethics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

In dialogue with scientists, philosophers, and theological ethicists, the doctoral seminar examines current advances in developing scientific disciplines and studies their ethical challenges for health and society by relying on theological ethics. After reflecting on biotechnology in general, in its two parts the seminar focuses, first, on biotechnologies that directly affect human health by considering human genetics (genetic information, research, testing, screening, editing, therapy, pharmacogenomics, and enhancement), stem cell research, regenerative medicine, oncofertility, and neuroscience. Second, the seminar studies new biotechnologies that indirectly regard human health: synthetic biology, nanotechnology, cybertechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, transhumanism, posthumanism, and astrobiology.

BTI Category

Professor

Vicini

M

2-4:20p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7055-01

Global Politics, Political Theology, and Ethics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

This course addresses important ethical issues that arise in international politics including issues of equality, poverty, and conflict. Specific attention will be given to the work of theology both the secularized theologies of international politics and the more explicit theologies of religious actors in international politics. In considering the theologies at work and the ethical issues that arise, sustained attention will be given to the global history of colonialism and the resulting imperial and racialized relations that are constitutive of international politics today.

BTI Category

Professor

Wambui

W

1-3:50p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7291-01

Moral Agency

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

This course explores the topic of moral agency through texts in theological ethics treating autonomy, human rights, conscience, and sin. It also incorporates interdisciplinary literature that considers ways in which agency is impacted by social practices, structures, and cultural norms. Case studies will be incorporated to consider how concrete social questions may impact standard understandings of autonomy and agency and the influence of nonrational factors on human freedom.

BTI Category

Professor

Heyer

T

2-4:20p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7667-01

Theology and the Mystical Turn

BTI Category

Semester

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

FA24

This seminar explores the wide-ranging apophatic mood in contemporary thought and the diverse ways mystical theology has come to occupy a central role in recent reflection upon God. In addition to examining the role of contemplative practice in the work of philosophical and systematic theology, the seminar inquires into relationship between negative theology and the incarnation, as this relationship uniquely characterizes Christian apophasis.

BTI Category

Professor

Robinette

W

1-3:50p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO8007-01

Mariology

BTI Category

Semester

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

FA24

TBD

BTI Category

Professor

Adkins

W

10a-12:25p

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

DOCTORAL

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO8517-01

Theology, Ethics, and Politics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

How can Christian ethics respond to the intractability of historical evil and the difficulty of structural change? This course will work on the borderlines of political theology, public theology, liberation theology, Christian social ethics, and Catholic social teaching, reading for example, Bohoeffer, Moltmann, Solle, Day, Niebuhr, Murray, Hauerwas, Sobrino, Katongole, and additional examples of global Christian ethics and politics.

BTI Category

Professor

Cahill

T

4:30-6:50p

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

DOCTORAL

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5007-01

Mahayana Buddhism: Thought and Practice

BTI Category

Semester

Buddhist Studies

FA24

This course explores Mahayana Buddhist thought, meditation practice, narrative, and ritual practice across Asia. We consider texts ancient and modern. After a basic introduction to Buddhism, we take up topics ranging from meditation, to compassion, nirvana, emptiness, Buddha nature, Zen, and Mahayana Buddhist ethics. Our focus is on fundamental theological questions: What are the causes of suffering? How can meditation and ethical practices illuminate sufferings causes, and put an end to them? What is the state of unconditioned awareness, freedom, and joy that lies beyond suffering? Most importantly, what does this all have to do with me? No background in Buddhism is required.

BTI Category

Professor

Vale

TR

9-10:15a

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5013-01

Communities of Knowledge: Explorations in Theology and Philosophy of Science

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

This course is brings the disciplines of Theology and Philosophy of Science into constructive dialogue. The course will explore key themes that lie at the intersection of both of these disciplines such as the following: the function of communities and social contexts in shaping the construction of knowledge, the role of experience in knowledge production, the nature of evidence, definitions of laws of nature, the nature and function of explanation, the possibility of assessing theories, the use of models, and the entanglements of theology and science with values and ethics.

BTI Category

Professor

Ulishney

T

3-5:25p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5200-01

Christian Ethics and Gender Justice

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

This seminar will consider Christian ethics and gender justice as regarding sex, marriage, family, and social roles. The primary focus will be on women and men, masculinity and femininity; transgender, nonbinary gender, and fluid gender identities will be included. Development of gender ethics within 20 th and 21 st century Roman Catholic teaching documents will provide an opening framework. Debates will be engaged with feminist, womanist, Latine, African, and Asian theologians.

BTI Category

Professor

Cahill

W

2-4:25p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5426-01

From Nile to Niger: African Christian Fathers and Mothers of the Church

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

This course counts as an elective towards the interdisciplinary Minor in Ancient Civilization. Introduction to the Fathers of the Church, with special emphasis on the period after the apostles to the Council of Nicea (A.D. 325). The lives, writings, and teachings of the Church Fathers will be studied through readings in English translation.

BTI Category

Professor

Schatkin

M

3-5:20p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5505-01

Sacraments and Art

BTI Category

Semester

Practical/Pastoral Theology

FA24

Much of our artistic heritage was commissioned to embellish places of worship and to deepen understanding of the ceremonies celebrated there. These works of art offer often-ignored insights into Christian sacraments that complements more traditional theological approaches. This course seeks to deepen our appreciation of Christian sacraments by acknowledging painting, sculpture and architecture as a locus theologicus. Both historical and thematic in approach, it explores sacramentality, incarnation, iconoclasm, typology as well as selected themes from sacramental theology. The course will include off-site visits.

BTI Category

Professor

Bergin

W

2-4:20p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5533-01

Antisemitism, Racism, and Christian Nationalism

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

Events over the past decade have illustrated how antisemitism, racism, and Christian nationalism are intertwined ideologies. This course will offer a historical and thematic investigation into how these three ideologies emerge within Christian contexts, the ways in which Christian theologies and institutions inform them, and modes of resistance to them. A core outcome of this class will be to recover and generate theological positions that actively counter these ideologies.

BTI Category

Professor

Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

T

3-5:25p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

UNDERGRAD/GRAD SPLIT

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO5574-02

Ethics, Religion, and International Politics

BTI Category

Semester

Ethics (all traditions)

FA24

An examination of the role of religion in international politics and of ethical approaches to international affairs. Special emphasis will be given to religion as a source of conflict, religious communities as transnational agents for justice, protection of human rights, and peace; the historical development and contemporary formulations of ethical norms for the use of force; and ethical and religious contributions to reconciliation and solidarity.

BTI Category

Professor

Owens

MW

3-4:15p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

4

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

GRAD/UGRAD SPLIT, REQUIRED DISCUSSION: THEO5574-03 (T, 1-2p), -04 (R, 2-3p), -05 (R, 3-4p), -06 (R, 4-5p)

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7012-01

The Eucharist in Christian Tradition

BTI Category

Semester

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

FA24

Every day since the middle of the first century, Christians have gathered together around bread and wine, thanked God and received it as the body and blood of Christ? (Jaroslav Pelikan). Through the close reading of representative primary texts from a variety of authors and contexts, this course will explore Eucharistic theologies from early to post-modern Christianity, including Augustine, Hugh of St. Victor, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Calvin, Zwingli, the Council of Trent, and Emmanuel Falque. (NB: Latin not required, but strongly recommended).

BTI Category

Professor

Coolman

T

10:30a-1p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

NB: Latin not required, but strongly recommended

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7053-01

Why the Cross?

BTI Category

Semester

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

FA24

Through selections of classic and contemporary soteriologies, this course explores the 'why' of the cross: the mysterious, dynamic, complex, incarnate, and multiple intelligibility of redemption through the cross. This includes a theological reflection on the problem of evil, to which the cross responds.

BTI Category

Professor

Ryliskyte

M

3-5:20p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7059-01

Reading Romans in the Early Church

BTI Category

Semester

Church History/History of Religions

FA24

St. Pauls Epistle to the Romans has been a central text in the history of Christian theology. This seminar will take a close look at a series of early Christian commentaries on Romans from Origen of Alexandria in the 3 rd century to Augustine of Hippo and Theodoret of Cyrrhus in the 5 th century. Key themes to be covered include: the relation of Jews and Gentiles, justification by faith, the law of nature and the Torah, the problem of sin and salvation, and the place of political authority. Additional commentators to be examined: Ambrosiaster, John Chrysostom, and Pelagius.

BTI Category

Professor

Hunter

M

4:30-6:50p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7507-01

Theology of Religions / Comparative Theology

BTI Category

Semester

Interreligious Learning

FA24

This seminar will focus on the various theological positions which have been developed with regard to the reality of religious pluralism as well as on the relationship between theology of religions and comparative theology. While we will focus mainly on the works of Christian theologians, we will also pay attention to analogous developments in other religious traditions.

BTI Category

Professor

Cornille

T

10a-12:25p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7803-01

Graeca

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

Rapid reading in Jewish Greek texts (LXX, Philo, Josephus), with an introduction to research in the authors treated, for students who have completed Intermediate Greek.

BTI Category

Professor

Perkins

W

1-3:25p

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

DOCTORAL; NT Greek profeciency

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO8008-01

New Testament Textual Criticism

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

The academic study of the NT requires a text of the NT for that study. This course, therefore, seeks to provide foundational competencies in the knowledge of NT manuscripts, the history of the discipline of textual criticism, and the creation and use of modern critical editions. At the same time, the contemporary field of NT textual criticism is concerned with far more than merely the (re)construction of the NT text. Thus, the course will also consider recent scholarship on early Christian scribal culture, manuscripts as early Christian artifacts, and the theological significance of textual variants.Must be proficient in NT Greek.

BTI Category

Professor

Roth

W

10a-12:25p

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

DOCTORAL; Must be proficient in NT Greek.

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO9981-01

Seminar: Biblical Studies II

BTI Category

Semester

Scripture & Biblical Studies

FA24

Required of Ph.D candidates in Biblical Studies.

BTI Category

Professor

Vanderhooft

F

10a-12:25p

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

DOCTORAL; Required of Ph.D candidates in Biblical Studies.

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