The English equivalent "theology" Theologie, Teologye had evolved by Definition[ edit ] Augustine of Hippo defined the Latin equivalent, theologia, as "reasoning or discussion concerning the Deity";  Richard Hooker defined "theology" in English as "the science of things divine ". The study of these assumptions is not part of theology proper but is found in the philosophy of religionand increasingly through the psychology of religion and neurotheology. Theology then aims to structure and understand these experiences and concepts, and to use them to derive normative prescriptions for how to live our lives.
Nineteenth Century Theology and They must also take Seminar in Systematic Theology during each of their first two years of course work.
In the area of Theological Studies, these languages are normally chosen from among German, French, or Spanish.
Should the student's area of intended research warrant it, he or she may petition the area faculty to count Latin or Greek as one of the two languages. Exams Three and Four of these involve individual negotiation between student, dissertation area advisor, and minor area advisor and often take the form of a research paper.
Students sit for Exams One and Two, which are fixed in format and involve a combination of a standard reading list and texts selected by the student, with approval of the area faculty, as specified below.
These two exams are focused on qualifying students as scholars and pedagogues.
Thus, students are expected to demonstrate a depth and breadth of knowledge of the field outside their specific research interests. Protocol for Exams One and Two The Theological studies and advisor meet with the TS Area faculty approximately six months prior to sitting for the three days of closed-book, essay exams.
The student will present for discussion their tentative selection of texts to be combined with the standard required texts for Exam One, as well as the two or three topics of focus and tentative bibliography for Exam Two. The discussion should help both the student and faculty get a sense of some of the issues historical, methodological, topical, etc.
The periodization of Exam One does not mean that students will answer questions only in chronological sequence; rather, the faculty expect students to think in terms of historical periods contexts as important to every aspect of theological work. Shortly after meeting with the TS Area faculty the student and advisor will submit to the TS Area convener the finalized bibliographies and brief descriptions of the issues that interest them as they study for Exams One and Two.
The convener will circulate email the lists to the TS Area faculty for final approval.
The finalized bibliography comprises the exact texts on which the student will be examined. Throughout this exam protocol, it should be understood that the requirement of the student to consult with their advisor on various points does not imply the student is limited to working only with the advisor.
Students are encouraged to avail themselves of the knowledge and wisdom of the entire TS area faculty. Approximately one month before the scheduled three days of exams, the TS Area convener will coordinate assigning and receiving questions from the TS Area faculty for both Exams One and Two, assuring that a total of six questions be provided for each of the three days.
On the scheduled day for each exam, the student selects three from the six questions provided following whatever restrictions by pairings the instructions may include. The student has a total of six hours to write the three closed-book essays. The faculty expect students to compose integrated, thesis-based essays, not encyclopedic reviews of authors.
The faculty advisor should clarify this requirement for the student, if necessary, helping them to prepare accordingly. The entire TS faculty will read the three sets of essays, submitting their evaluation to the TS area convener within two weeks after the exam period.
Critical, Constructive, Contextual Protocol The student will have two, six-hour days to address questions that reflect the historical and contextual nature of theological thought, reflection, and innovation.
They will be asked a variety of questions, drawing variably from their entire bibliography, that require them either: Periods and Bibliographies Exam One approaches Christian theology across five historical periods. For each period, there is a required reading list of four-to-six texts.
For each period, the student, in consultation with advisor and faculty, will add approximately three-to-five other texts. The expectation is that the total number for the two-day exam is 40 texts minimum, or in exceptional cases, only slightly more.Sign up and receive updates and relevant information from Theological Studies.
It will be just the right amount, we promise. Theological Studies. The PhD in Theological Studies is designed for pastors and teachers who are going to teach theological studies in liberal arts colleges and universities, churches and majority world academic or ecclesial contexts. Theological Studies.
Founded in , Theological Studies is a quarterly journal of theology published by the Jesuits of the United States and Canada. TS Forum.
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Theological Studies. Founded in , Theological Studies is a quarterly journal of theology published by the Jesuits of the United States and Canada. The purpose of the Department of Theological Studies is to equip godly servant-leaders for worldwide ministry by: passing on to students an understanding of the church’s one true faith embraced within a distinctively dispensational, premillennial evangelicalism;.