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SPRING TRADITIONAL COURSES

Ethics for Every Christian: From Social Issues to Sex (ETH 200 01)
The Very Rev. Dr. Ian Markham
Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 PM
February 1 - April 26, 2017,
no class March 1, March 22 & April 12
Course fee $125.00
Evening School one (1) credit towards one (1) credits needed in the area of Theology for diploma.
How do we know what is right and what is wrong? How do Christians make moral and ethical decisions? How do we understand human sexuality in the twenty-first century? How do we make end-of-life decisions? How do we treat the environment or respond ot violence? What are the ethics of medical screening? How do we behave online? This course will explore classic ethical questions before tackling some of the key questions facing Christians today.

Required Texts
Books: Markham, Ian. Do Morals Matter? A Guide to Contemporary Religious Ethics. Blackwell Publishing. 2006.

Instructor
Ian S. Markham is a British-born priest of The Episcopal Church who was appointed as Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary in August 2007 and serves as Priest Associate at St. Paul's Church in Alexandria. He has a PhD from the University of Exeter in the U.K., where he focused on Christian Ethics. Other degrees include MLitt in Philosophy and Ethics from the University of Cambridge and BD in Theology from the University of London. Before being called to VTS, Markham served as Dean and Professor of Theology and Ethics at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, and at Leeds Metropolitan University, Liverpool Hope University, and University of Exeter in the U.K.

Family Ministry

Dr. Amy Dyer
Thursdays 7:30-9:30 PM
Two options

February 2 - March 9, 2017, (6 week audit)
Course fee $75.00
Or
February 2 - April 20, 2016
(10 week credit) no class 3/23 & 4/13
Course fee $125.00
The purpose of this course is to explore biblically, theologically, and the implications of the nurture of, the ministry to, and the ministry of families in the Church today and in the future. Participants will further their understanding of family ministry while designing and developing strategies for effective ministry with families. Evening School one (1) credit towards one (2) credits needed in the area of Electives for diploma.


ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONS

ENRICHED COURSES
Enriched courses are graduate courses offering limited enrollment to Evening School students.

Dante: Going to Hell and Getting to Heaven
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Porter Taylor
January 31 - March 13 2017
Mondays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.
Course fee $200.00 (Quarter Course)
Many critics cite The Divine Comedy as the greatest poem ever written. The journey it depicts begins with being lost in a dark wood and ends in heaven. Although it tracks the progress of one man, it is the journey of all faithful people. course will explore the stages of hell, purgatory and heaven to gain insight into our common journey in our own time. We will explore what Dante has to teach us about spirituality, community, sin, forgiveness, discernment, and salvation through his writings. Evening School one (1) credit of two (2) electives needed for diploma.

Required Texts
The Portable Dante. Dante Alighieri. Edited by Mark Musa. Penguin Classics: New York, 1995.
Jones, Alan. The Soul’s Journey: Exploring the Three Passages of the Spiritual Life with Dante as a Guide. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1995.
Shaw, Prue. Reading Dante: From Here to Eternity. New York: W.W. Norton, 2014.

Muhammad: Man and Mission (Part 1)
Dr. Zeyneb Sayilgan
February 1 – March 13, 2017
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.
Course fee $200.00 (Quarter Course)
This course will examine the life and legacy of Prophet Muhammad. As the founding figure of Islam, Muhammad continues to shape the lives of over 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. This course aims to explore how Muslims have related to their Prophet. First, we will examine the historical context in which his life story unfolded. Second, we will look at the sources that provide Muslims guidance on how to emulate the Prophetic example. Special attention will be given on how these sources continue to influence Muslim intellectual discourse today. Evening School one (1) credit of two (2) electives needed for diploma.

Required Texts
William C. Chittick and Sachiko Murata. The Vision of Islam. New York: Paragon House. 1994.
Ali Unal, trans., Al Jawshan al-Kabir: A Supplication of Prophet Muhammad. Clifton: Tughra Books. 2012.
Other texts available online or in electronic files available through MyVTS.

Muhammad: Man and Mission (Part 2)
Dr. Zeyneb Sayilgan
March 29 – May 3, 2017
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. – 9:20 p.m.
Course fee $200.00 (Quarter Course)
Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, remains a controversial figure in the eyes of many non-Muslims. In this second part of the course "Muhammad: Man and Mission" we will study critical Western accounts on Muhammad and how Muslims have responded to these criticisms. These will include Muhammad’s many marriages and his involvement in warfare. We will analyze some of the more recent controversies like the Danish cartoons debate, the Muhammad video or the Charlie Hebdo drawings. Evening School one (1) credit of two (2) electives needed for diploma.

Required Texts
William C. Chittick and Sachiko Murata. The Vision of Islam. New York: Paragon House. 1994.
Ali Unal, trans., Al Jawshan al-Kabir: A Supplication of Prophet Muhammad. Clifton: Tughra Books. 2012.
Other texts available online or in electronic files available through MyVTS.

How Shall We Read Revelation: Millennial Madness or Apocalyptic Ethic?
The Rev. Dr. Katherine Grieb
February 5 - May 4, 2017
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 9:20 p.m.
Course fee $300.00 (Semester Course) WAIT LISTED

Bishop Krister Stendahl once called Revelation “the script from a Christian horror movie,” and many others would agree that it is the strangest book in the Bible. Given the many weird interpretations out there, how can the Church be proactive in reading, teaching, and preaching Revelation? This course will provide an introduction to the Johannine Apocalypse with emphasis on the interaction of history, literary structure, theological/cultural reflection, and political analysis. How can the church redeem the Book of Revelation? Evening School one (1) credit of two (2) Scripture credit needed for diploma.

Required Textbooks
Koester, Craig R. Revelation: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary. Yale: Anchor Bible. 2014
and/or
Koester, Craig R. Revelation and the End of All Things. Erdeman. 2001.

Recommended Textbook
Prevost, Jean-Prevost. How to Read the Apocalypse (The Crossroad Adult Christian Formation). Crossroad Publishing Co. 1993.

Contact

Anne Karoly, Associate Director of LTE
Virginia Theological Seminary
3737 Seminary Road 
Alexandria, Virginia

lte@vts.edu
703-461-1753

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