Course Memo

This seminar introduces first-year doctoral students to foundational themes, texts, and concepts outlining the contemporary study of theology and ethics, interreligiously. The seminar will meet in person unless conditions require otherwise. The course outcomes include: evaluation of theological and ethical methods in the religious traditions studied, comparing and contrasting classical and constructive approaches; interpretation of critical social theories for shaping the methods of modern theological ethics; analysis of social, ecological, and political consequences/outcomes of public theology, ethics, and interreligious engagement; and assessment of various theo-ethical approaches to contemporary topics. Students will be assessed by means of critical essays on assigned readings, participation in and facilitation of learning-group discussions, prescribed attendance at selected GTU-wide colloquia and lectures, and a final research paper whose outline will be presented to the seminar. [Faculty Consent required]