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ST 515: Theological Anthropology (3CH)

Course Syllabus



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Course Description

To engage students in theological reflection and analysis of traditional and contemporary Christian views of what it is to be a person.

Course Objectives
1. Become familiar with what the biblical text says regarding humanity as created in God’s image
2. Become conversant with methods of interpretation of the imago Dei by examining current scholarship in the field of theological anthropology
3. Become aware of the ways in which our theological understanding of human persons operates in the rest of our theology and our presence in the world
4. Create a personal theology of the image of God


Required Texts

1. Soren Kierkegaard, Sickness Unto Death
2. Dwight Hopkins, Being Human.
3. Rebecca Chopp and Sheila Davaney, Horizons in Feminist Theology
4. Elizabeth Howell, The Dissociative Mind
5. Joseph Newirth, Between Emotion and Cognition


Course Requirements:

1. Completion of assigned reading: Informed and instructive conversation requires an ample number of us to have completed and reflected on the assigned reading. Ideally of course, you will stay caught up with the reading.

2. Informed and honest Skype discussions.

3. A final paper: This is a typed, double-spaced, 8-10 page paper that attempts instructively to address some of the crucial issues covered in this course from the perspective of your own field. There is a wide range of possibilities here, as long as the paper shows careful interaction with the texts we've read (along with whatever other resources you want to use). The final draft is due by TBA

Course Outline:

Week 1: Introduction.
Introduction to the course and to each other. What is psychology? What is theology? What is Christian Anthropology?

Week 2 Definitions, Methodology and the Christian paradigm.
Read: Augustine, pp. 60-66, 161-191, 195-198; On the Trinity, pp. 38, 56, 72-92, 93-94.

Week 3 Subjectivity
Read Quickly: Kierkegaard, Sickness unto Death, Intro and Preface.
Read Carefully: Kierkegaard, Sickness unto Death, pp. 13-14 (Part First I. A).
Read: Kierkegaard, Sickness unto Death, pp.14-74 (rest of Part First)

Week 4 Willing to Become Oneself Before God. DS
TR 9/28 Read: Kierkegaard, Sickness unto Death, pp. 77-131.
Due: 1-2 page response to Kierkegaard’s view of sin.

Week 5 Intro to an African-American Perspective. DS.
TR 10/5 Read: Dwight Hopkins, pp. 1-52, 81-117.

Week 6 Race and Identity DS.
TR 10/12 Read: Dwight Hopkins, pp. 118-188.

Week 7 Film TBA

Week 8 Unity and Multiplicity: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. DS
Read: .Howell, The Dissociative Mind, Chaps. 1-3

Week 9: .Unity and Multiplicity: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. DS
Read: Howell, Chaps. 6-11

Week 10 Feminist Theory and the Self. DS
Read Quickly: Chopp and Devaney, pp. 1-16.
Read: Chopp and Devaney, pp. 54-115.

Week 11 Various Feminist Perspectives. DS
Read: Chopp and Devaney, pp. 17-32, 154-164, 215-231

Week 12 Film

Week 13 Subjectivity: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. DS
Read: Newirth, Between Emotion and Cognition, Chaps. 1-5

Week 14 Subjectivity: A Psychoanalytic Perspective. DS
Read: Newirth, Chaps. 6-10

Week 15
Wrap up.
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