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THEO 10001: Foundations of Theology: Biblical/Historical

This course, or its sophomore-level equivalent, THEO 10002, is a prerequisite for all other theology courses. It introduces students to theology as the academic discipline of “faith seeking understanding,” through an introduction to the sources of theology in the Bible and post-biblical writings from the early church. The course emphasizes biblical themes such as creation, redemption, and revelation and their reception and development in the early church. The course also attends to the historical contexts of the biblical literature and of the development of doctrine in the early Church.

THEO 10801: Foundations of Theology: Fundamentals

This “Fundamentals” section of Foundations of Theology is for students who have had limited (or no) exposure to Christian scripture and doctrine. As the first required (foundational) course in theology, this course offers a critical study of the Bible and early Christian tradition. Following an introduction to the Old and New Testaments, students follow major post-biblical developments in Christian life and worship (e.g., liturgy, theology, doctrine, asceticism), emphasizing the first five centuries.