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SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST7009-01

Fundamental Theology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

The resources and methods of theology provide the framework for this course. A primary focus will be on the relationship between revelation, faith, and theology, which includes the role of the Bible and the church's doctrine. The course will also survey past and present methods in 'doing theology,' and consider the connection between theology and spirituality.

BTI Category

Professor

Andr� Brouillette, SJ (01)

M

10:00-12:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST702001

The Church

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

The ecclesial dimension of Christian faith is the focal point of this course. The course will locate the church within both a Trinitarian theology and a theological anthropology. Specific topics for exploration include the place of the church in the Creed, the sacramentality of the church, a theology of mission, and of structure and authority. The course will also explore current issues shaping the church's life and its place in the wider culture.

BTI Category

Professor

Richard Lennan

T

12:30-3:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST7024

Christology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This course seeks to clarify what it means to confess that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, and why this is a significant claim. The course examines the New Testament, the early councils of the Church, the writings of early and medieval Christian theologians, the dogmatic teachings of the Church and the contributions of contemporary theologians. Two main questions will be addressed: Who is Jesus? How does Jesus save us?

BTI Category

Professor

O. Ernesto Valiente

T

6:30-9:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

Fundamental Theology reccomended

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST7065

Disputed Questions in Contemporary Theology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

An introduction to contested issues in contemporary Christian theology, such as the role of biblical criticism, the relationship between science and faith, the encounter with world religions, theories of atonement, divine impassibility, and the possibility of faith in a consumer culture. The goals of this course are: (1) to map out the basic elements of each problematic area, (2) to register some popular yet unsatisfactory answers (e.g. creationism and reductionism as responses to the question of science and faith), and (3) to consider more authentic and theologically persuasive responses.

BTI Category

Professor

Dominic F. Doyle

R

9:30-11:30

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST7247

Faith & Justice: Liberation Theologies in the U.S.

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

Liberation theologies are modes of theological discourse that rethink the purpose of religious thought and practice by placing attention on distinctive experiences of injustice and inequality encountered by different individuals and social groups. Although the liberation theology movement is now a global one, the United States has been the birthplace of a good number of liberation theologies. This course examines the emergence, development, emphases, and methodologies of four of these, including African American/Black theology of liberation, feminist theology of liberation, Latino/a theology of liberation, and LGBTQ theology of liberation. Besides offering a solid introduction to liberation theology, the course analyzes basic concepts underlying theories of injustice, domination, and oppression.

BTI Category

Professor

Benjamin Valentin

R

3:30-6:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST8021

Priesthood: Theology and Praxis

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This Level Two course is open to all students and focuses on ordained ministry of the Roman Catholic priesthood in terms of its biblical & theological foundations, historical development, contemporary issues, pastoral practice, & priestly spirituality, especially as treated in the pertinent ecclesial documents. Also treated are the cooperation between laity and clergy and the roles of lay ecclesial ministry as well as both tensions and critiques arising out of the Church's reservation of the priesthood to males and mandatory celibacy. Ecclesiology is a pre-requisite for counting this course for the Ecclesial Ministry requirement in the M.Div. curriculum.

BTI Category

Professor

John F. Baldovin, S.J.

T

12:30-3:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

The Church

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST8105

Discipleship

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

What is the relationship between what theologians have said about discipleship and the ways in which these articulations have shaped the living out of their vocations as theologians in the church and in the world? What can we learn from their lives? What do they teach us about following Jesus amidst the forces of secularization and desecularization? What does it mean to follow Jesus particularly in times of war, genocide, natural disaster, catastrophe, socio-economic collapse, scientific discovery, globalization and pluralism? What currently informs our own theological imaginations with regard to the challenges of Christian discipleship in today's church and world?

BTI Category

Professor

Margaret Eletta Guider, O.S.F.

W

4:00-6:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

NT Introduction and Christology

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST8150

Ecotheology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

Ecotheology has been developed in the last decades as a theological response to the climate crisis that we are facing in the world today. Ecotheology has two goals. First, it is a critique of the cultural concepts, images, and practices that are at the bottom of the climate crisis. Second, it is both a retrieval of the ecological dimension of Christian faith, and an interpretation of theological sources (such as the Bible and Tradition) and doctrines (such as Trinity, Creation, and Salvation) from the perspective of Ecology. In this seminar course, students will explore different aspects of Ecotheology.

BTI Category

Professor

Vicente Chong, S.J.

W

4:00-6:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

Two or more courses in Systematic Theology

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7012-01

The Eucharist in Christian Tradition

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

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

THEO7667-01

Theology and the Mystical Turn

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

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 University Graduate Program in Religion

CAS RN696

Philosophy of Religion

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

Critical investigation of the limits of human knowledge and the theoretical and practical demands for meaning attached to notions of God, providence, immortality, and other metaphysical conditions of human thriving, from Plato to modern philosophies of religion.

BTI Category

Professor

Michael Zank

M

6:30PM-9:15PM

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

4

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

MA/PHD Split

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTT 732

History of Christian Theology in Philosophical Perspective

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

In its nearly two-millennium long history, Christian theology has been shaped by its dynamic engagements with (and in) various traditions of philosophical reflection. In this course, students will examine how four such traditions-- Platonic, Aristotelian, Kantian/Phenomenological, and Marxist/Critical--have influenced (and been influenced by) theological questions, concepts, and modes of discourse. Thinkers from ancient, medieval, Reformation, modern, and postmodern periods will be studied, with emphasis on historical and social settings.

BTI Category

Professor

Filipe Maia

T

12:30-3:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

STHTH 701 History of Christianity or equivalent

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTT 849

Queer Theology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This course explores queer theology�s potential to shape Christian thought and practice as a whole. We first introduce some prominent works of queer theory and ask what the implications of them on queer theology might be. We then consider how queer theology might contribute to some persistent debates in Christian theology: eros and agape, dissent and sainthood, grief and ritual, as well as utopic eschatology. Finally, we will explore how queer experiments in living might help us rethink fundamental moral categories such as kinship, vulnerability, play, fidelity, bodily change, and sexual knowledge.

BTI Category

Professor

Peng Yin

W

6:30-9:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTT 807

Christian Eschatology in Post-Apocalyptic Times

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

Not Yet Available

BTI Category

Professor

Filipe Maia

R

12:30-3:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3 or 4

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Saint John's Seminary

TH501

Fundaymental Theology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

In this course we will reflect on sacred theology�s defining task: deepening our comprehension of the Deposit of Divine Revelation. This will require that we explore Divine Revelation�s nature and content, as well as how Christ has endowed His Church with the capacity to preserve and interpret this sacred deposit. We will also delve into how the believer comes to recognize and assent to Divine Revelation in the gift of faith, the role reason plays in paving the way for this gift, and the role reason plays in the life of faith. Accordingly, the course will introduce students to the discipline of apologetics as the demonstration of faith�s rational suitability. It will also present the methodological and ecclesial dimensions of sacred theology�s cogitatio fidei.

BTI Category

Professor

Fr. Agbaw-Ebai

TR

10:30-11:45 am

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Saint John's Seminary

TH504

Theological Anthropology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This course treats Catholic belief regarding creation, the providence of God, the creation and fall of the angels, original sin and the consequences of the fall, the problem of evil, as well as the nature, origin, and destiny of the human person. In light of contemporary debates, this course will consider Catholic belief about grace, freedom, and the relationship of the natural and
super-natural orders. The course will also treat basic themes of eschatology. In addition to Scriptural and patristic sources, instruction will consider medieval and modern authors as well as the texts of the recent papal Magisterium.

BTI Category

Professor

Fr. Agbaw-Ebai

MW

9:00-10:15 am

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST7009-02

Fundamental Theology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

The resources and methods of theology provide the framework for this course. A primary focus will be on the relationship between revelation, faith, and theology, which includes the role of the Bible and the church's doctrine. The course will also survey past and present methods in 'doing theology,' and consider the connection between theology and spirituality.

BTI Category

Professor

Vicente Chong, SJ (02)

T

4:00-6:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST702002

The Church

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

The ecclesial dimension of Christian faith is the focal point of this course. The course will locate the church within both a Trinitarian theology and a theological anthropology. Specific topics for exploration include the place of the church in the Creed, the sacramentality of the church, a theology of mission, and of structure and authority. The course will also explore current issues shaping the church's life and its place in the wider culture.

BTI Category

Professor

Rafael Luciani

ASYNC

ASYNC

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

ASYNC

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST7059

Theological Virtues

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

The Church is often described as a community of faith, hope, and love. This course explores how some Christian thinkers have understood these central theological virtues. After considering New Testament sources, we will examine the following periods and thinkers: patristic (e.g. Augustine), medieval (Aquinas), reformation (Calvin), early modern (John of the Cross), and modern (Rahner, Lonergan, liberation theology). While special attention will be paid to the systematic thought of Aquinas, the goal of this course is to present a broad range of thinkers so that students can articulate their own account of these characteristic marks of Christian life.

BTI Category

Professor

Dominic F. Doyle

W

10:00-12:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST7151

Introduction to Patristic Theology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This course presents the methods and insights of patristic treatments on the topics of theology through a study of major figures and texts. After an overview of the culture and context of the early church, we will treat patristic reflection on: Scripture, faith and reason, Christ, Trinity, the church, liturgy, ethics, and prayer. Authors and literature include, but are not limited to: Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity, Origen, Tertullian, Athanasius, Basil of Caesarea, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, Hilary of Poitiers, Ambrose, Augustine, and John Chrysostom.

BTI Category

Professor

Brian Dunkle, S.J.

MW

8:30 - 9:50

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST7273

The Franciscan Tradition

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This course traces the origins and evolution of the Franciscan tradition by examining a variety of primary and secondary sources. The selected sources include the writings of Francis and Clare, various biographies and legends concerning their lives and legacies, along with noteworthy examples of spiritual writings and theological treatises rooted in the Franciscan charism. These diverse sources will be used as points of reference in the study of specific themes, values, attitudes and practices that characterize the Franciscan tradition. Special consideration will be given to contemporary sources that demonstrate the relevance of insights from the Franciscan tradition for today�s world.

BTI Category

Professor

Margaret Eletta Guider, O.S.F.

M

2:00-4:50

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST8085

The Christology of Thomas Aquinas

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This course provides an introduction to the Christology of Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) primarily as set forth in the Summa theologiae. Through close reading of IIIa qq. 1-59 (in English translation), we will consider Aquinas's teaching on the Incarnation and Christ's life and work. The sacraments as extensions of Christ's saving work throughout time and space will also be examined. Primary sources will be supplemented by modern scholarship on various aspects of Aquinas's Christology. Throughout the course we will attend particularly to Aquinas's sources and working method as a scholastic theologian.

BTI Category

Professor

Franklin T. Harkins

T

12:30-3:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

Christology

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST8109

The Trinity in the Early Church

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

An introduction to early Christian Trinitarian theology and its enduring pertinence to the Church's worship of God as one and three, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Treating authors from Justin Martyr to John of Damascus, we explore the scriptural and philosophical features of, among other issues, the "Cappadocian solution," the "psychological analogies" of Augustine, the roots of the filioque, and the challenge of Islam. We will consider the retrieval of patristic Trinitarian theology by recent authors, especially in light of debates on ontotheology, the immanent and the economic Trinity, and social analogies for divine perichoresis.

BTI Category

Professor

Brian Dunkle, S.J.

T

9:30-12:20

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

one graduate course on the history of Christianity

School

Boston College School of Theology & Ministry

TMST8564

Reconciliation in a World of Conflict

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

The twentieth century's legacy is marked by social conflict and war: more than 200 million people killed because of political repression, ethnic or religious wars. Enlisting a theological lens, this seminar examines the Christian resources and contribution to the problem of reconciliation. After examining the most important secular approaches to the problem of personal and social conflict, we will focus on the main Christian theologies of reconciliation, including the works of Robert Schreiter, Miroslav Volf, John de Gruchy, and Jon Sobrino. Their theologies will be examined through individual case studies of the Balkan region, South Africa, and El Salvador.

BTI Category

Professor

O. Ernesto Valiente

W

6:30-9:00

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

Y

Online?

A course in theological foundations or fundamental theology; Department Permission Required

School

Boston College Department of Theology

THEO7053-01

Why the Cross?

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

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

THEO8007-01

Mariology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

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 University Graduate Program in Religion

CAS RN697

Topics in Philosophy and Religion

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

TBD

BTI Category

Professor

Joseph Decosimo

T

5:45PM-8:30PM

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

4

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

MA/PHD Split

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTT 821

Topics in Philosophy of Religion: Philosophical Theology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

Topic for Fall 2020: "Why Are We Here?" Alongside philosophers and religious thinkers, this course explores different versions of this question. Why are we here reading and talking? Why are we at BU? Why are we here at all? Does life have some meaning? This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Philosophical Inquiry and Life's Meanings, Critical Thinking

BTI Category

Professor

David Decosimo

T

5:45-8:30pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Boston University School of Theology

STHTT 898

Theology and Trauma

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This course aims to bring the recent studies in the interdisciplinary study of trauma to bear on the field of theology. What unique challenges does the phenomenon of trauma pose to contemporary theology? The first part of the course explores recent studies in trauma, focusing on three areas of research: 1) neurobiology of trauma, 2) clinical/therapeutic studies, and 3) literary approaches to trauma. The second part of the course examines theological engagements with issues of radical suffering. The third part brings together the insights from the first two and focuses on the question of what it means to witness theologically to individual, societal, and global trauma. We will look at issues and contexts such as the criminal justice system, war, poverty, and racism. In this final part, students will be working towards constructive theological engagements with issues of trauma through interaction with a variety of mediums: art, literature, spiritual practices, and film. The course is not a counseling course. It aims to provide rich theological reflection around issues of suffering, violence, and trauma, both individual and global.

BTI Category

Professor

Shelly Rambo

R

3:30-6:15pm

Credits

Letter

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

School

Harvard Divinity School

HDS 2508

The Human Condition: Selected Twentieth Century Perspectives

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This seminar will consider philosophical approaches and perspectives offered by five Western twentieth century thinkers on ethics, religion, politics, and our (self) understanding as human beings. Works from Du Bois, Arendt, Fanon, Levinas, and Ricoeur will taken up to interrogate phenomenological, social, political and religious interpretations of the human condition, and our corresponding possibilities and responsibilities.

BTI Category

Professor

Lamberth

W

03:00pm-05:45pm

Credits

Letter, P/F

Professor

4

Online?

Y

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

Background in philosophy or theology is suggested but not required. Limited to 12. Course enrollment is by application in early April. Further instructions will be provided on the Canvas course site. Admitted students will be notified on or before the spring enrollment deadline. Seats may reopen in the Fall drop-add period. Jointly offered in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Religion 1596.

School

Saint John's Seminary

TH502

Christology

BTI Category

Systematic Theology & Philosophy (Western)

Semester

FA24

This course is an introduction to the basic elements in the study of the identity and saving work of Jesus Christ as developed throughout the Catholic Tradition with particular attention to the contribution of St. Thomas Aquinas. The course proceeds from an examination of the data of Revelation in both the Old and New Testaments, to a detailed study of the Christological formulas articulated by the Church through the Third Council of Constantinople (680�81), to a systematic treatment of topics rooted in the two natures and one Person of Jesus Christ, including the knowledge, holiness and mediation of Christ. The course concludes with an examination of the basic principles of soteriology.

BTI Category

Professor

Dr. Coughlin

WF

10:30-11:45 am

Credits

Letter, P/F, Audit

Professor

3

Online?

N

Online?

N

Professor Approval Req'd?

N

Online?

N

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