Course Descriptions: Department of Dogmatic Theology & Liturgics

Department Head:
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Ray R. Sutton

The Department of Dogmatic Theology & Liturgics focuses on all of the major doctrines of Christianity as outlined in the historic creeds: the doctrine of Scripture and the science of interpretation, apologetics, moral theology, and liturgics. There is an emphasis on the doctrine of God (Holy Trinity) and the person of Christ. Each course is taught on the authority of Scripture as understood within the framework of the Thirty-Nine Articles and the early Church in order to lay an orthodox doctrinal foundation in the life of the student. There is also a heavy emphasis placed on preaching. Students in the M.Div. program are required to take Homiletics and preach often. Sermons are videotaped in a classroom context for “self-evaluation,” as well as being critiqued by both faculty and peers.

Dogmatic Theology Division

DT 502 Anglicanism: In-depth examination of the origins and development of Christianity in Britain. Special attention will be given to the early British saints, Roman subjugation of the British Church, the English Reformers, the Elizabethan Settlement, Puritanism, Caroline Divinity, the Non-Jurors, Tractarianism, and modern controversies in the Anglican Communion.

DT 501 Doctrines of God, Christ and Atonement: Examination of the Scriptural, creedal, historical, theological, and pastoral issues of the doctrines of God and Christ. Special consideration will be given to the Holy Trinity and the fundamental Christological definitions of the ecumenical councils, in view of developing an apologetic against the various heresies of the past (e.g., Docetism, Arianism, Nestorianism, etc.) along with their modern counterparts (e.g., Kenoticism, etc.)

DT 601 Doctrines of Man, Sin, and Salvation: Scriptural, creedal, historical, theological, and pastoral examination of the doctrines of man, sin, and salvation. Mankind as the image of God, the extent and meaning of the fall, vocation, predestination, atonement, faith, regeneration, justification, and glorification are the primary subjects of this course.

DT 602 Thirty-Nine Articles: An overview of the historic doctrinal formulary of the Church of England and its importance to the greater Anglican tradition, with primary emphasis on the interpretation of the Thirty-Nine Articles. Also, compares and contrasts the Articles with other Reformation confessions.

DT 701 Church and Sacraments: An examination of the biblical language, imagery, and theology of the Church (i.e., Ecclesiology) laying the foundation for a consideration of what has been described as the great “notes” or marks of the Church: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic. The course also examines the two dominical sacraments of the Church, with primary emphasis on their meaning, number, and recipients, as well as the history and use of the so-called “lesser sacraments” in the Anglican tradition.


Philosophy of Religion Division

PR 601 Introduction to Moral Theology and Ethics: Introduction to the subject of moral theology and ethics–i.e., the Biblical, philosophical, and historical approaches to ethics and morality in the Church. Special consideration will be given to an examination of the Ten Commandments.

PR 701 Christian Apologetics: Introduction to the history of and methodologies used in the defense of the Christian faith as practiced from the earliest days of Christianity to the present. Special consideration will be given to various Christian approaches such as Thomism, natural theology, and presuppositionalism, as contrasted with rationalism, existentialism, empiricism, and logical positivism, etc. The goal of this course is to familiarize the student with the tools of logic to produce a balanced, rational apology for the Christian hope.

Liturgical Studies Division

LS 501, 601, 701 Liturgical Practice: Mentored training and actual liturgical practice in conjunction with regular chapel services. Special emphasis will be given to learning and practicing lay reading and serving. Occasional special seminars may be scheduled.

LS 502 Liturgics: Introduction to the nature and elements of Divine worship from a Biblical, theological, and historical perspective. Special consideration is given to the general principles of Divine worship drawn from the Old and New Testaments, along with a survey of liturgical theology and history up to The Book of Common Prayer.

LS 503, 603, 703 Homiletics Practice: Mentored training and actual preaching in conjunction with regular chapel service. Additional preaching may be scheduled in local parishes under the direction of the student’s rector. Prerequisite: Homiletics (LS 504). This course is graded on a “pass/fail” basis.

LS 504 Homiletics: Practical introduction to the science and art of preaching and public speaking. Both classroom critique and video-taping will be used to evaluate the student’s style and effectiveness.