TH7391, Theological Capstone Seminar: Eschatology


Introductions to people

Introduction to the Capstone Seminar

The capstone should synthesize the three areas of Theology at St. Mary’s.

One word shorthand Scripture Moral Systematic
Longer variations Christianity and Judaism in Antiquity Christian Life and Practice Used to be called dogmatic theology
Broadly includes The historical and literary context surrounding scripture, history of formation of the canon, history of interpretation Theoretical issues of conscience, choice, sin, and most matters of practice, ethics (especially medical and sexual), social justice, spirituality, pastoral ministry History of and especially contemporary concern with how people have made sense of what they believe based on philosophpy, reason, experience, tradition, and scripture
Historical focus Salvation history up through early Christianity, then history of interpretation At St. Mary’s focuses on contemporary issues At St. Mary’s tends to begin with Nicea (4th century), more 20th century
Brief way of distinguishing How we know What to do What to believe
Connections to eschatology History of ideas, sources, revelation, tradition, cultural context Criteria for success in judgment (deeds), what we should do now in light of future judgment Criteria for success in judgment (beliefs), what should we know about where we are going, how eschatology fits with other things we know about God

The capstone should look ahead to application of skills after the degree program.

Introduction to the syllabus


Introduction to the collaborative nature of the course

Let’s think about the collaborative nature of the course working backwards...