Academic FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What does your basic “M.Div.” Program Look like?

 

Spiritual Formation I
Spiritual Formation II
The Holy Order of the Church

Scholarly Writing
Greek For Prayer and Preaching
The Koine Conversation

NT Survey I The Synoptic Gospels
NT Survey II The Pauline Epistles
NT Survey III The Johannine Corpus

OT Survey I From Genesis to David
The Intertestamental Period and The Apocrypha
OT Survey II From David to John the Baptist

History of the Church I – Clement to the Reformation
History of the Church II – The Reformation to Postmodernism
Apologetics

Systematic Theology
Sacramental Theology
Pastoral Theology I
Pastoral Theology II

Homiletics Seminar
Liturgical Seminar
Priest Seminar (geared to meeting the ordination requirements of a seminarian’s sponsoring jurisdiction)

 

Do you have course descriptions of some of your basic core courses?

 

Systematic Theology

 Systematic Theology is a course which surveys some of the most influential, prolific and sometimes controversial systematic theologians since the time of Augustine. Some stand squarely in the stream of Apostolic Orthodoxy. Some near the very edge. Regrettably, some stand outside the stream, yet not always, and in everything. This course helps to develop the critical thinking skills which define the difference between systematic theology and Biblical theology and to suggest ways in which the study of systematic theologians and their theologies can be helpful in the ministries of the parish priest, the Christian educator, and the lay leader.

 

Faith Building and the Bible: Spiritual Formation I

Faith Building and the Bible: Spiritual Formation Part I focuses on the principles of spirituality which should accompany the acquisition of Christian knowledge, the formation of an orthodox Christology, and the development of a moment by moment existential relationship with Christ. This course will survey some of the classics of spiritual formation but will also primarily focus upon the Biblical argument concerning the process of character formation, the acquisition of virtue, and the maturation of Christian faith and spirituality.

 

Holy Order of the Church

The Holy Order of the Church concerns the establishment of the physical accouterments of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church by Christ and by the Holy Spirit. These elements include, for example, the “Great Commission,” the Apostolic Succession, the Holy Orders of Bishop, Priest and Deacon, the nature of clerical vows and the rites of liturgical, sacramental service to our Lord and to his people. This course also addresses the raison d’être of the Church’s laws and ecclesiastical polity, the canons, the creeds, the many jurisdictions of service into which the Church has become divided and her place, her identity and her mission within the modern world.

 

Anglican Apologetics

Anglican Apologetics is a course designed to traverse the entire range of apologetical issues which confront lay and clerical leaders of the modern, Apostolic Church. What is the overall literary integrity of the New Testament materials – the very foundation of the Church – are they reliable? How does the Church address some of the more difficult theological, cultural and political issues of the present day? What is the argument for the existence of God, for example? Can we know him? What is the justification for the Church’s belief in the ultimate redemption of man – and of his history – in a period of unimaginable brutality, debauchery and civilizational decay? What is the explanation for a seemingly hopeless fractionation of the physical Church of Christ, in which wickedness so often achieves the ascendency and its very unity, holiness, universality, and apostolicity seems engulfed in irresolvable crisis? Finally, what is Anglicanism’s place in the present multi-jurisdictional environment in setting forth the witness of Christ and feeding his sheep in an increasing hostile and secularized world?

 

New Testament Studies I: Matthew – the Synoptic Template

This course examines how the Synoptic Gospels were written, why they were written, and how they were transmitted. This course will thus attempt to unravel the “Synoptic Problem” and to stabilize the Synoptic genre. The Synoptic Problem is this: how do we resolve the undeniable, physical, literary relationship between the first three Gospels and at the same time explain why there are so many distinctive differences between them? What is the evidence for the primacy of Matthew, as the Church has always maintained until the modern era, which has seen a proliferation of so many conflicting source-critical theories? And as a corollary, this course will examine the relationship of John’s Gospel to the Synoptic template – what is the nature of this relationship – and why is John so different in form and structure from this template? Finally, having stabilized a genre and an order for the Synoptic/Johannine Gospels, what was the global literary intent of each of the authors?

 

The Koine Conversation

The Koine Conversation is the first part of a two-part course which is designed to forge an enduring relationship between lay and clerical leaders – and the Koine Greek of the New Testament materials. Because Koine is the language in which the Holy Spirit has engaged the world in conversation with God – and His only begotten Son. This introductory course will cover the basics of working with language – any language – its syntax, its figures of speech, its “poetic diction” and of how these principles apply to the practical work of understanding the apostolic conversation of the New Testament materials – all of which has been written in Koine. This course will also give examples of some of the tools that are available to facilitate working with the Koine, and some suggested methodologies of applying those tools as an essential part of a Church leader’s personal life of prayer, study, teaching or preaching of the word of God to the modern, multi-lingual world. This course is not an abstract study of the Greek language. It is a study of how the authors of the New Testament used this language to preach the everlasting Gospel of Christ.

 

Scholarly Writing

The principal goal of Academic and Scholarly Writing is to develop and refine student writing and reading abilities in order to function within the academic community of religious scholars. Students will learn and practice standard academic writing conventions as they analyze sources, state research questions, develop draft papers and incorporate feedback into final submissions. Students will be introduced to, and be expected to use critical thinking skills as they analyze, compare, and incorporate viewpoints from multiple sources while developing cogent arguments to articulate and support their own thesis.