2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Theology (THY)

To correspond with the requirements of the theology programs, the course areas are indicated as follows:

(B) - Biblical Studies
(S) - Systematic Theology
(H) - Historical Theology
(CS) - Christian in Society
(RE) - Religious Education

THY-1100: The Bible (3 hours)

An introductory study of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Major components include the principles of biblical interpretation, biblical history, biblical themes and the unity of Scripture. For non-church-professional students.

THY-1210: Introduction to Christianity (3 hours)

An examination of Christianity defines and answers the religious and spiritual questions of the human condition. Attention will be paid to its origins, its basic teaching and practices, and how these are understood within differing traditions or denominations. For non-church professional students.

THY-2010: Introduction to the Old Testament (3 hours)

An introduction to the books of the Old Testament. Ancient Israelite history, prophecy and poetry. Major themes, controversies and archaeological discoveries. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1100 or enrollment in any LCMS church work program or instructor consent.

THY-2220: Lutheran Foundations (3 hours)

Introductory Lutheran theology course, covering prayer, Law/Gospel hermeneutics, and the biblical and confessional teaching regarding the Holy Scriptures and the Trinity. This course is designed to be taken by Lutheran church work students. Replaces: THY-2210. Prerequisite: THY-1200 or enrollment in any LCMS church work program or permission of the instructor.

THY-2600: Introduction to Deaconess Ministry (1 hour)

Orientation to the office and roles of the Lutheran deaconess. Exposure to various types of deaconess work. Establishing a mentor relationship. Reflection on attitudes and skills for ministry. Required of students who intend to enter the Deaconess program. Field Trip: Required. Fee: Required.

THY-3105: Introduction to the New Testament (3 hours)

The content of the New Testament writings in terms of the historical, literary and cultural context. Attention to principles of interpretation, both ancient and modern. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1100 or enrollment in any LCMS church work program or instructor consent.

THY-3120: Getting in The Acts (3 hours)

The literary structure, narrative scope and theological perspective of the New Testament Book of Acts. Comparison to its companion volume, the Gospel of Luke and to later apocryphal Acts. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-3105.

THY-3220: Lutheran Theology 1 (3 hours)

First of two Lutheran doctrine courses. Deals with biblical and confessional teachings on the Incarnation, Justification and Sanctification, the Means of Grace, Holy Baptism, and Holy Absolution. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-2220.

THY-3320: Survey of Church History (3 hours)

An intensive survey of the history of Christianity from the apostolic age to the present focusing on major theological trends and developments. Readings from primary sources. Replaces: THY-3310.

THY-3600: Deaconess Ethos and Formation (2 hours)

Exploration of the deaconess life of mercy formed by God’s action in Word and Sacrament. Specific areas include worship and devotions, community life, wellness, family life, attitudes and dispositions, vocational ethics and etiquette. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-2600.

THY-3650: Foundations of Deaconess Office (2 hours)

History and theology underpinning the deaconess vocation, including distinction of Law and Gospel, theology of mercy, women’s vocations in church history, LCMS history and polity. THY-3650 and THY-4650. Replaces: THY-4600. Fee: Required. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-2600 and THY-2220.

THY-4000: History of Israel (3 hours)

The origin and development of the Old Testament nation of Israel. Historical methodologies, the Ancient Near Eastern context, recurrent themes. Cross-Listed: HIS-4000. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1100 or THY-2010 or instructor consent.

THY-4020: Wisdom Writings (3 hours)

An examination of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament: Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Songs. Biblical poetry, devotional literature and the major questions of life. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1100 or THY-2010 or instructor consent.

THY-4031: The Pentateuch (B) (3 hours)

An examination of the major themes and events in the foundational books of the Old Testament, including creation, sin, divine mercy, the messianic promise, the patriarchs, the early history of the people of Israel, the covenant and the Levitical priesthood and sacrificial system. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1100 or THY-2010 or instructor consent.

THY-4100: The Four Gospels (3 hours)

The structure, purpose and perspective of each of the New Testament gospels. The portrayal of Jesus by each evangelist. The literary relationship of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The distinctive features of John. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1100 or THY-3105.

THY-4110: Paul the Apostle (3 hours)

Study of Paul's life, apostleship, theology and theological method on the basis of one or a group of Paul's letters, particularly Galatians, Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, within the wider context of the history and the theology of the Early Church. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1100 or THY-3105.

THY-4115: Studies in New Testament Writing (3 hours)

The historical context, literary features and theological perspectives of a variable group of New Testament writings outside the major Pauline letters, the four gospels, and Acts, e.g., Johannine writings. The particular writings to be studied in a given semester will be identified after a colon in the course title in the Master Schedule. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1100 or THY-3105.

THY-4125: Mediterranean Perspectives (3 hours)

A two-week field trip outside the United States. Investigation of historical, geographical, artistic and theological aspects of the lands surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. May serve independent studies in history, geography, art or music. Fee: Required.

THY-4210: Theological Movements in American Lutheranism (3 hours)

An investigation of the key theologians, theological movements, controversies and inter-synodical organizations, especially of the 19th and 20th centuries, that have contributed to the diverse theological character of contemporary Lutheranism in America. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1210, THY-2200 or THY-2220.

THY-4220: Lutheran Theology 2 (3 hours)

Second of two Lutheran doctrine courses. Deals with biblical and confessional teachings on the Lord’s Supper, the Church and its offices, eschatology, apologetics, as well as practical aspects of the Christian life, including cross and suffering, vocation, the Two Kingdoms, and the personal study of the scriptures. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-2220 and THY-3220.

THY-4230: Defense of the Christian Faith (3 hours)

The nature, objectives and importance of defending the truthfulness of the Christian Faith in the contemporary pluralistic world. Lutheran theological principles that inform the apologetic task and analysis of various apologetic approaches. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1210 or THY-2220.

THY-4240: The Church and its Ministry (3 hours)

Examination of the nature of the Church and its Ministry with particular attention to its offices and their duties in relationship to the vocation of the Church and Christian service in the world. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1210 or THY-2220.

THY-4250: Studies in Christian Doctrine (3 hours)

Selected articles of faith explored on the basis of Scripture, Lutheran and other theological sources with particular attention to issues and problems raised by the wider context of Christian writing and thought. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1210 or THY-2220.

THY-4310: Encountering Religion in America (3 hours)

A historical, systematic and apologetic study of the unique and diverse experiences of religion in America in the 21st century. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1210, or THY-2220.

THY-4330: Martin Luther (3 hours)

Historical introduction to Luther as theologian, churchman and polemicist for 16th-century Evangelicalism. Enduring images of Luther inside and outside Protestantism. Luther's significance to contemporary theology. Readings from primary sources. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-3320 or instructor consent.

THY-4350: The Intertestamental Period (3 hours)

The political, cultural and religious forces that molded Judaism in Palestine and the Diaspora in the Greek and Roman periods. Includes reading primary sources in the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Talmud and Dead Sea Scrolls.

THY-4360: Women in the History of Christianity (3 hours)

A study of the contribution of select female agents to the Christian tradition, typically including such diverse figures as Mary, the early Christian martyrs and ascetics, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Katherina von Bora, Teresa of Avila, Madame Guyon and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Readings from primary sources. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-3320 or instructor consent.

THY-4380: History of Biblical Interpretation, 200-1600 (3 hours)

Introduction to the development of hermeneutical and exegetical traditions within Christianity from the early church to the Reformation. Extensive primary source readings in ancient, medieval and Reformation biblical exegesis. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-2010 or THY-3105 or THY-3320 or instructor consent.

THY-4390: Topics in the History of Christianity (3 hours)

Selected persons, themes or problems in the history of Christianity. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-3320 or instructor consent. Course may be repeated for credit when topic varies.

THY-4430: Biblical Perspectives on Gender and Relationships (3 hours)

Study of gender identity and relationships between male and female according to a biblical perspective. Biblical texts, case studies, current trends and pastoral counseling approaches are examined. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-3320.

THY-4450: Ministry to the Family (3 hours)

An exploration of family dynamics in contemporary American society. Various models of ministry to families are reviewed, including strategies for initiating and sustaining a parish program of ministry to families. Special attention is given to the role of the family in one's faith development.

THY-4490: Senior Seminar: Theology (3 hours)

Study and discussion of selected works of literature and audio-visual materials from the perspective of the theological areas—biblical, historical, systematic, practical. Preparation and presentation of an essay written with the guidance of a department member. Required of all Theology majors with senior standing.

THY-4520: Religious Education of the Adult (3 hours)

Principles, organization, materials and practices of adult religious education. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-2010 or THY-3105 and THY-2220 or instructor consent.

THY-4550: Liturgy and Worship (3 hours)

A theological examination of Christian worship and ritual in the context of the contemporary American experience, with emphasis on the rites and worship practices of Western Christianity (including Lutheran worship traditions), and the sanctification and ritual ordering of time. Replaces: THY-4400. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-1100, THY-1210, THY-3105, THY-3320 or THY-2220.

THY-4560: Confirmation Theology and Practice (3 hours)

Theological and historical foundations of the rite of confirmation in the Lutheran Church and a survey of contemporary practices.

THY-4570: Catechesis and the Lutheran School (3 hours)

Principles, organization, materials and practices of teaching the Christian faith in the context of a Lutheran school, a review of the history of Lutheran education, and the office of the Lutheran teacher. Replaces: THY-4500, THY-4505 and THY-4510. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-3210 or THY-2200, and Junior standing, or instructor consent.

THY-4611: Ministry with Women (3 hours)

Spiritual caregiving and mercy during short- and long-term crises often faced by women and their families. Applying God’s Word of Law and Gospel with the Theology of the Cross and mobilizing the Body of Christ for care. Assessing and utilizing church and community resources. Field Trip: Required. Fee: Required. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-3105 and recommended PSY-4201.

THY-4631: Deaconess Field Experience (1 hour)

Beginning experience in the vocation of the Lutheran deaconess. Minimum 50 hours of supervised practicum in a congregation or institution. Attendance required at scheduled seminars including peer review and discussion of ministry issues. Deaconess students complete four semesters of THY-4631, usually two semesters each in an institution and in a congregation. The student is responsible for transportation to the site. Replaces: THY-4630. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-2220 and THY-3105.

THY-4650: Deaconess Office (2 hours)

History, theology and expressions of the deaconess office from the 19th century through today. Diaconal roles in church, world and institutions. THY-4650 and THY-3650. Replaces: THY-4600. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-3650.

THY-4660: Deaconess Practice: Mercy (2 hours)

Exploration of the deaconess role as advocate for mercy in congregations, church agencies and missions. Issues include cross-cultural sensitivity, the marginalized, and compassionate responses to persons and communities in distress. Topics include grant-writing, ethics of helping, and assessing and utilizing community and church resources. Fee: Required.

THY-4665: Deaconess Practice: Diaconal Care and Visitation (2 hours)

Exploration of soul care provided by the deaconess; application of God’s Word and worship amidst the storms of life. Special issues of care and visitation. Spiritual assessment and care plans. Ethics of soul care and visitation. Assessing and utilizing community and church resources. Fee: Required. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-2600.

THY-4670: Deaconess Practice: Servant Leadership (2 hours)

Exploration of the deaconess as servant with focus on the leadership roles in a congregation, agency and mission. Topics include ethics, serving in a team, administrative roles and tasks, planning and implementing programs, coordination of volunteers, writing for the church. Fee: Required. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-3650.

THY-4675: Deaconess Practice: Teaching (2 hours)

Exploration of the deaconess as teacher, explaining and applying God’s Word with individuals and groups through the lifespan. Topics include God’s Word in prayer, Bible studies, devotions, class management, introduction to educational programming for youth and adults, and assessing and utilizing resources. Fee: Required.

THY-4950: Independent Study in Theology (1-6 hours)

THY-4990: Internship: Deaconess (12 hours)

Relating classroom concepts to the practical ministry of the deaconess. Minimum of five months of fulltime supervised practicum in a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation, recognized service organization or mission. This course is open to deaconess students. Students normally register for 2 consecutive semesters of THY-4990. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-4650.

THY-4991: Internship: Deaconess (1 hour)

Relating classroom concepts to the practical ministry of the deaconess. Minimum of five months of fulltime supervised practicum in a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod sponsored congregation or agency. Prerequisite: C or higher in THY-4600, THY-4611 and two semesters of THY-4630. Offered: Pass/Fail. This course is not open to undergraduate students in their first two semesters of deaconess internship. Fee: Required. Additional costs for international internships. Contact Deaconess Office for current rates.

THY-4992: Deaconess Certificate Internship (1 hour)

Relating classroom concepts to the practical ministry of the deaconess. Minimum of five months of fulltime supervised practicum in a Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod congregation, recognized service organization or mission. This course is open to deaconess students who already hold a bachelor’s degree. Fee: Required.

THY-4993: Deaconess Certificate International Internship (1 hour)

Relating classroom concepts to the practical ministry of the deaconess. Minimum of 5 months of fulltime supervised practicum in a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation, recognized service organization, or mission outside of the United States. This course is open to deaconess students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and will intern in an international setting. Fee: Required.