Tuesday, September 11, 2012

My Fall 2012 Course Load

At the beginning of each semester I like to share the classes I will be taking, partly just because, but partly also as a very likely preview of themes and authors and questions I will be engaging and thinking with and quoting around these parts in the coming months.

As well: blessings to all fellow students beginning the new school year -- even as I realize that this is officially my second-to-last semester of course work for the rest of my life. Hard to believe I'm nearly there.

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The Philosophical Theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar (Junius Johnson)

This course is an introduction to the thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar through selected readings from his theological triptych, The Glory of the Lord, Theo-Drama, and Theo-Logic.
  • Von Balthasar, The Glory of the Lord, vol. 1: Seeing the Form
  • Von Balthasar, Theo-Drama, vol. 5: The Last Act
  • Von Balthasar, Theo-Logic, vol. 2: The Truth of God
  • Von Balthasar, Epilogue
Theology Doctoral Seminar (Christopher Beeley)

This course is required of all doctoral students in Theology. The subject of the course is Beeley's latest book, The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition. Each week we will study a chapter of the book, focusing on a single figure, or group of figures, together with supplementary primary and secondary readings. Patristic sources are assigned as background references for the main discussion; the assumption is that most of the texts are familiar to students already, so that most of the ancient reading will be review. Also assigned are other recent treatments of the same material, so that students have points of contrast for evaluating the argument of the book.
  • Christopher Beeley, The Unity of Christ: Continuity and Conflict in Patristic Tradition
  • Lewis Ayres, Nicaea and its Legacy
  • Lewis Ayres, Augustine and the Trinity
  • Rowan Williams, Arius: Heresy and Tradition
  • Figures whose texts will feature: Origen, Eusebius of Caesarea, Arius, Athanasius of Alexandria, Gregory of Nazianzus, Gregory of Nyssa, Augustine of Hippo, Cyril of Alexandria, Leo the Great, Leontius of Byzantium, Maximus Confessor, John of Damascus
Readings in Kant and Kierkegaard (John Hare)

This is a directed study consisting of four students with Hare; three of us are PhD students in Theology or Ethics who are joining a Master's student at Yale Divinity School who set up this reading course as part of her thesis project. She is (and so we, with her, are) looking to explore the relationship between Kant and Kierkegaard regarding their understanding of the relationship between the ethical and the religious.
  • Kant, Groundwork to the Metaphysics of Morals
  • Kant, The Metaphysics of Morals
  • Kant, Religion Within the Boundaries of Mere Reason
  • Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
  • Kierkegaard, Works of Love
  • Kierkegaard, Purity of Heart is To Will One Thing
  • Kierkegaard, Either/Or (selections)

1 comment:

  1. Brad, in writing my dissertation on Barth, I have realized that lots of people I am reading did dissertations at Yale: George Lindbeck (1955), Hans Frei (1956), Wendell Dietrich (1960), Stanley Hauerwas (1968), James J. Buckley (1976), Peter Ochs (1979), Nicholas M. Healy (1992), Joseph Mangina (1994). You already knew that probably but just kind of interesting. Of course some Princeton Theological Seminary ones as well: Princeton Theological Seminary: Bruce McCormack (1989), George Hunsinger, (1988), Kimlyn Bender (2002), Todd Cioffi (2007), and Keith Johnson (2008). Source: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses (PQDT)

    Had to share the trivia with someone.