Byzantine Online Course Descriptions

Byzantine Online Course Descriptions

Summer 2020 Session #1 (June 1 – July 17) Credit Courses

WR 101: RESEARCH METHODS (Mark Collins, M.F.A.) 

(2 hours; 1 semester)

This research class provides the basics for successfully performing graduate-level research as well as developing skills for critical reading and writing. This includes analysis and evaluation of print primary as well as secondary resources, online databases, Internet sources and proper research sources and authorities. In addition, students will learn the basics of formatting a document in Microsoft Word including pagination, table of contents, use of linked headings, footnotes and endnotes, inserting images, and captioning. Short lessons on PowerPoint and Excel as research aids are also included. By the end of this course, the learners should be able to:

  • Summarise, paraphrase and quote useful data from a variety of sources.
  • Critically evaluate data/information.
  • Format complex Word documents.
  • Successfully utilize PowerPoint and Excel in support of research.
  • Analyse, comment on and critique scholarly theological literature.

LT 304:  The Problem of Evil and Demonology: Eastern Christian Perspectives and Answers (Fr. Stelyios Muksuris, PhD)

(3 hours; 1 semester)

This popular elective will study the concept of evil from the perspective of both an ontological force (demonology) and the voluntary rejection and absence of good. The understanding of evil from various ideologies and religions will then be explored, followed by a particular emphasis on the Judeo-Christian scriptural tradition and its extensive treatment by patristic writers throughout history. At the forefront of this detailed textual survey will be the inescapable issue of theodicy and all the arguments associated with it.    

MT 305: Theosis: East and West (Matthew Minerd, PhD)

(3 hours; 1 semester)

This course aims to fill out the most fundamental theme in moral theology, namely, the divine vocation of the life of grace, known in Eastern theology as “theosis.” Fleshing out in much greater detail themes covered at the beginning of MT 100, this course provides the student with a robust account of the scriptural and patristic background of the theology of divinization, along with a consideration of later spiritual and theological elaboration concerning this topic.  Although there are no prerequisites for the course, either MT 100 or SP 101 is highly recommended.

Summer 2020 Session #2 (July 6 – August 21) Credit Courses

DT 105: ECUMENISM – Orientale Lumen 

(1 hour; 1 semester)

This online course offers perspectives on Catholic-Orthodox/East-West relations in hopes, “that they all may be one” (John 17:21). Students enrolled in this class for credit will virtually prepare a paper in conjunction with faculty-led readings, including primary ecumenical statements as well as current publications highlighted in the lectures and discussions which focus on ecumenism. Students will learn the following:

  • Engagement with current state of Catholic-Orthodox dialogue.
  • Familiarity with primary ecumenical readings.
  • Critical thinking concerning modern ecumenical topics.
  • Modes of dialogue with significant theological issues from Catholic and Orthodox perspectives.

DT 305: The Desert Monastics in Context  (Rev. Justin Rose, Ph. D.)

(3 hours; 1 semester)

Pioneers, adventurers of the Spirit, eccentric and radically orthodox, the Desert Monastics continue to hold popular and scholarly imagination because of their lives, wise sayings and living legacy. In the sayings and stories collected, copied and preserved, we find passionate devotion to God and a revolutionary answer to the call of the Gospel to leave all and follow Christ. These monastics lived in a time of great transition for the Roman Empire and the Christian Church. This graduate level course condensed into a summer session will rely heavily upon both primary and secondary reading with lecture and discussion to allow students to enter a world that is stark, foreign and unforgiving and yet rich and relevant even today. 

Pre-requisites: None, but Patristics I recommended.