Course Catalogue

Courses in BOLD are Required Core Curriculum Courses (36 credit hours, 12 courses), with the remaining 36 required total credit hours (12 courses) required for graduation selected by the seminarian.


Church History (CHI)

CHI500: History of Christianity I
This Course will trace the development of Christianity from the Apostolic Period until 850, focusing in particular on its transformation from a small Jewish sect into the official religion of the Roman Empire. Attention will be paid to the development of doctrine, forms of prayer, ecclesiastical organization, and the Ancient Church’s relationship to the world and secular government.

CHI550: History of Christianity II
This Course takes up where History of Christianity I (CHI500) left off. Briefly treating the Carolingian period, we will focus then on Christianity in the High and Late Middle Ages. Attention will be paid to medieval developments in both popular piety and learned theology.

CHI600: History of Eastern Christianity I
The Subject of this course is the Christian Church of the Eastern Roman Empire from the conversion of Constantine to the fall of Constantinople. The focus will be on the formation of three characteristic components of Eastern Orthodox Christianity: its Church Polity, its Liturgy and Worship, and Monasticism and Mysticism.

CHI650: The Independent Sacramental Movement
The Catholic Church is much more than the Roman Catholics. The Orthodox Church is more than the sects from Greece, Russia, Africa, and Syria. What are these independent churches? Explore the independent denominations and their adherents.

CHI700: Introduction to Patristics
A comprehensive historical survey of patristic exegesis.

Biblical Studies (BIS)

BIS500: Introduction to Biblical Studies
This course offers an ideal introduction to the complex field of modern biblical studies. Students are introduced to questions of inspiration, canon and authority. This is followed by sections on historical approaches to the Bible, such as source, form and redaction criticism. Comparisons with other literature, such as ancient flood stories or Egyptian psalms help to set the context for this, as well as an analysis of purpose of each of the four Gospels.

BIS600: The New Testament
An introduction to the Christian Scriptures, including their history, sociology, and anthropology.

Theology (THE)

THE500: Introduction to Gnostic Theology

THE550: Introduction to Christian Theology 
Christian Theology: An Introduction

THE600: Historical Theology
An authoritative introduction to the history of Christian theology covers its development from the beginnings of the Patristic period just decades after Jesus’s ministry, through to contemporary theological trends.  

THE700: Sacramental Theology
An introduction to the concepts of the seven Christian Sacraments.

Ethics (ETH)

ETH500: Fletcher’s Situation Ethics
This course studies the principles of ethics from a Situation perspective including criteria for making moral choices.

Spirituality (SPI)

SPI500: Christian Spirituality
A concise introduction to the history of Christian spirituality from the Early Church up to the late twentieth-century.

SPI550: Transformed by God’s Word: Discovering the Power of Lectio and Visio Divina

SPI600: Mystical Traditions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
This course explores the spiritual, literary, and intellectual heritage in these great faiths as it unfolds over three millennia.

SPI700: Introduction to Mystical and Esoteric Christianity

SPI800: The Mystical Kabbalah

Liturgical Studies (LIT)

LIT500: Eucharistic Liturgies – Evolution and Interpretation
This course proceeds historically, from the origins of the Eucharist up to our own day, including an introduction to and developmental summary of the diverse eucharistic liturgies of the Christian East. It also explores the various Western rites (Ambrosian, Gallican, and Mozarabic) in addition to the Roman.

LIT600: Liturgical Praxis – Eucharist

Pastoral Counseling (PAS)

PAS500: The Nature and Practice of Spiritual Direction
This course equips the participants with the technical skills for spiritual direction, skills which enable the participants go through personal discernment and help others in both personal and communitarian discernment for discovery of personal vocation and decision making.

PAS600: Basic Counseling Skills
An examination of a classic text of pastoral counseling, suggesting that healers must first accept their own wounds before attempting to heal the wounds of others.

Homiletics (HOM)

HOM500: Introduction to Homiletics
An introduction to homiletics, “preaching the Word.”

Contemplative Studies (CON)

CON500: Contemplative History and Practice

CON600: Introduction to Meditation

CON700: Contemplative Prayer

CON800: Zen Catholicism
In the light of Zen, Christianity can be seen as a way.

Gnosticism (GNO)

GNO500: The Gnostics – Myth, Ritual, and Diversity in Early Christianity

GNO600: The Gospel of Thomas

GNO650: The Secret Book of John

GNO700: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity

GNO800: Rethinking Valentinus
Valentinus was a popular, influential, and controversial early Christian teacher. His school flourished in the second and third centuries C.E. Yet because his followers ascribed the creation of the visible world not to a supreme God but to an inferior and ignorant Creator-God, they were from early on accused of heresy, and rumors were spread of their immorality and sorcery.


Esoteric Christianity (ESO)

ESO500: le Tarot de Marseille
Exploring the Marseille tarot as both a tool for esoteric Christian contemplation, as well as divinitory method.

ESO600: Experience of the Inner Worlds
This course is based around the book by the same name by Gareth Knight. Experience of the Inner Worlds is a classic magical textbook of the Western Mystery Tradition.

ESO700: Magic in the Cloister
This course explores the gradual shift toward more positive attitudes to magical texts and ideas in medieval Europe.