Newman Theological College
Foundational Theology Courses

GRADUATE LEVEL

Note: Newman Theological College courses are offered on a two year rotation.  This means that not all courses outlined below are offered in each semester of each year.  For further details of the specific course offerings for the academic year 2012/13.  These Course Offerings sheets are also available for pick up in the foyer of Student Services on campus.

Online graduate courses are offered occasionally when the need presents.  The M.Div., M.T.S. and M.Th. programs are not designed to be taken as Distance Education programs.
 

CORE COURSES

 

FTH 400  EARLY CHURCH HISTORY

3 Credits

The historical development of the Church from the second century to the rise of Islam. The relationship of Church and Empire, the beginnings of monasticism, the contributions of women, the development of institutions and doctrine, and the missionary activity of Christians beyond the Greco-Roman World.
 

FTH 402  CHRISTIANITY & WORLD RELIGIONS

3 Credits

Founders of religions and the meaning of religion. Christianity in relation to other religions. An introduction to Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese Religions, and Amerindian Religions. New religious movements. Interfaith dialogue, especially between Christians and Jews.
 

FTH 410 MEDIEVAL CHURCH HISTORY

3 Credits

The historical development of the Church in the Medieval Era from the beginning of the eighth century to 1500. Monasticism and religious orders, heretical movements and popular religion, intellectual development, Church and State relations.
 

FTH 411 MODERN CHURCH HISTORY

3 Credits

The Church from the end of the fifteenth century until today. Calls for reform. Key reformers: Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Cramner. Catholic reforms and the Council of Trent. The Enlightenment and its aftermath: liberalism, anti-clericalism, ultramontanism and Vatican I. Byzantine churches. Missionary movements and North American Protestantism. The Church as global: Latin America, Asia, Africa. Modernism, ecumenism, Vatican II and toward the 21st century.

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

FTH 500  PATRISTIC THEOLOGY

3 Credits

(Prerequisites: FTH 400 and STD 450)

A historical and literary overview of Christian writers and theology from the first to the seventh century. Select fathers in the eastern and western Church, the development of Trinitarian and Christological doctrine, and the emergent western theological tradition will be considered.
 

FTH 503  MEDIEVAL THEOLOGY

3 Credits

The development of Christian doctrine and of the discipline of theology, as seen in the major themes and thinkers of the Christian middle ages, will be examined in lectures and through the reading of primary and secondary sources.
 

FTH 507 EASTERN CHRISTIANITY

3 Credits

An introduction to the Eastern Christian Churches. Theological, historical and institutional developments. Major themes: the Divine darkness, the Trinitarian God, creation and cosmology, economy of salvation, image and likeness, the Taboric light, deification, spiritual and moral life, ecclesiology, sacramental practice, ecumenical mission. The dialogue among Eastern Catholics, Roman Catholics and the various jurisdictions of the Orthodox world.
 

FTH 508 ANGLICAN TRADITION

3 Credits

Anglicanism from the 16th century to the present with a view to identifying theological direction and emphasis which have been characteristic of this community. The role played by formularies, representative writers and liturgy in the formation of Anglican self-understanding will be examined. Anglicanism and the ecumenical movement.
 

FTH 513  PROTESTANT THEOLOGY

3 Credits

The main theological currents arising in contemporary Protestantism. The distinctive features of Protestant theology in various countries. The thought of select Protestant theologians. Liberalism, Fundamentalism, Ecumenism, Feminist Theology, Liberation Theology.
 

FTH 514  THEOLOGY & CULTURE

3 Credits

The role of theology in contemporary culture. Reflections on approaches and methodology. The contribution of the sciences, the social sciences, philosophy, the arts, and literature to the study of theology.
 

FTH 516  THE CHURCH IN CANADA

3 Credits

The history of Christian presence in Canada from the beginnings in New France to the modern era, with a particular but not exclusive focus on the Roman Catholic experience. The foundations of the Church in Canada, the Church and indigenous peoples, the Church in Western Canada, the formation of a Canadian theology. Students are urged to have some familiarity with Canadian history in preparation for this course.
 

FTH 558  SELECTED TOPICS

3 Credits

Varied course description.

FTH 605  ORIGEN, GREGORY OF NYSSA AND AUGUSTINE

3 Credits

A study of selected texts illustrating their theology and spirituality.
 

FTH 607  BONAVENTURE & THOMAS AQUINAS

3 Credits

A study of selected texts illustrating their theology and spirituality.
 

FTH 800  SELECTED RESEARCH TOPICS IN FOUNDATIONAL THEOLOGY

3 Credits

Study of a particular area in Foundational theology.

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