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:

  • Summarize, 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.
  • Analyze, comment on and critique scholarly theological literature.

WR 201: Thesis Writing 

(1 hour; 1 semester)

This is intended as a research class where students continue to edit and refine their thesis for eventual submission. In consultation with their readers, the student will design and conduct research to complete the aims identified in his/her capstone. For those academic terms in which the student is performing research, the determination as to whether or not adequate progress has been achieved will lay primarily with the readers.

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.    

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

SS 210: Blessed is the Kingdom: Salvation History in Scripture and Tradition (Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier, MA)

(2 hours; 1 semester)

This graduate course explores the main elements of the Bible’s great story of the Kingdom of God from Genesis to Revelation, most especially in light of the Byzantine Christian theological and liturgical tradition. Using the catechetical framework of the Seven Ages of the Kingdom™, students will learn the central stories and themes of the Bible’s grand narrative of salvation history from the ages of Creation, Patriarchs, and Exodus, Empire, Exile, Messiah, and Church.    

By completing this two-part course, the student will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is the great story of the Bible, uniting the Old and New Testaments?
  • What are the major themes and stories of each of the Seven Ages of the Kingdom™, from Genesis to Revelation?
  • How does God’s plan of salvation unfold in the history of Israel and the Church?
  • In what way did God prophetically prefigure Christ and His Kingdom in the Old Testament?
  • How is God’s unfolding plan of salvation reflected in the faith, worship and life of Byzantine Christians, especially as seen in the patrimony of the Church Fathers?
  • What role does the Church’s tradition of biblical catechesis have for today? 

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.