TH7391, graduate level
Fall 2011, Monday, 6:30-9:15 PM, taught mostly on the St. Mary's campus (San Antonio), also available at distance learning sites
This seminar is meant to be the culminating experience of the student's courses in scripture, ethics, and systematics. As such, it seeks to integrate learning in different areas of theology and prepare the student to continue theological inquiry and application after coursework. The topic of eschatology is suitable for such a synthesis because it encompasses the historical study of ideas through literature, traditional teachings beyond empirical knowledge, the ethical behavior demanded in the present in light of future judgment, and contemporary issues in American culture. Eschatology is literally the study of the last things, which can be thought of as the afterlife and the end of the world, the ultimate Christian hope, or the four last things (death, judgment, heaven, and hell). The course will trace the historical development of Jewish and Christian eschatological thought with a view to its significance today.
Week-by-week (restricted to students) (LINK)