Audit Program

Phillips Theological Seminary offers classes for no academic credit through an audit program. A limited number of auditors may be permitted in some courses, depending on course size and type.

Weekly On-Campus Courses: Jan 27 - May 15

CE 685 Education as a Practice of Freedom

On Campus: Tuesdays

This introductory course will examine different approaches to Christian Education and provide basic teaching, teacher training, and educational ministry-development skills. Students will begin to explore the multiple purposes that the teaching ministry of the church serves and learn how these principles can be used in a variety of settings. Students will also learn to articulate and challenge their own approach to Christian education and develop focused educational planning for their current envisioned ministry context that would also lead the church and participants into public life, mission and justice.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, Assistant Professor of Christian Education and Practical Theology.

HB 500 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

On Campus: Tuesdays

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Students will learn about the historical backgrounds of these texts as well as the process of their composition and canonization. The biblical materials will be approached from an academic/critical perspective with insights into how they might be used in different contemporary contexts. Successful completion of the course will satisfy one of the basic Bible requirements for the master’s degree programs.

No prerequisites. Instructor: Lisa W. Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible.

HC 504 History of Christianity II

On Campus: Tuesdays

This broad survey of Christian history considers how the organized church developed and changed over the past 500 years, and how past human events, understandings, and decisions affect our Christian communities today. Topics include causes of the Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Radical Reformations; the placement of issues of church and state into their larger historical context; the stories of some important figures in Christian history; and issues surrounding Christian missionary activities, especially the exportation of Christianity to the Americas.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Ellen Blue, Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies.

NT 600.08 New Testament Exegesis: Galatians

On Campus: Tuesdays

This course in New Testament exegesis guides students through careful analysis of Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians in light of its ancient context(s) [worlds(s) behind the text] and literary structure [world(s) in the text]. Students will use insights from current trends in Pauline scholarship alongside their own socio-cultural, ideological and theological subjectivities [world(s) in front of the text] to explore Paul’s message to the Galatians about himself, Jesus, and the good news. Class size limited to 15.

Prerequisite: NT 500. Instructor: Arthur Francis Carter, Assistant Professor of New Testament.

Online Courses: Jan 27 - May 15

AH 880.04 Christianity and Democracy: A Necessary and Tense Relationship

It is common in some parts of the U.S. to question whether or not Islam is compatible with democracy. For Christians, who are much more numerous and influential in the U.S. than Muslims, the more fitting questions are whether or not Christianity is compatible with democracy, as well as asking the reverse: is democracy compatible with Christianity? In everyday public debates in the United States, Christians of many traditions and denominations interact in the public square. Should they bring their faith with them? If so, how should they bring their faith with them? What are the positive and negative consequences for Christianity or for democracy of their dynamic relationship? In this course, students will explore the history of and contemporary options for relating Christianity and democracy in U.S. public life, as well as develop their own normative understanding of what the relationship should be. Satisfies Culture and Contexts requirement.

No prerequisites. Instructor: Gary Peluso-Verdend, Visiting Research Professor in Public Life.

HC 502 History of Christianity I

This course is a survey of the development of the Christian church from the second century C.E. through the Middle Ages, examining the institutional history of the church as well as the theological developments in the church. Attention will be given to various theologians, theologies, and movements that shaped the period. The course highlights Christianity’s intellectual and cultural history with an emphasis on the church’s evolving relationship to political and social structures that allowed Christianity to be both a religion of protest and liberation as well as a religion of empire and conquest.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Lisa D. Barnett, Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity.

NT 500 Introduction to New Testament

An introduction to the writings of the New Testament, to the worlds from which they emerge, and to a range of interpretive methods or questions that interpreters might ask in making meaning of these texts.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Arthur Francis Carter, Assistant Professor of New Testament.

On-Campus Intensive Courses

Some courses may have prerequisites.

ET 525 Ethics, Culture and the Mission of the Church

Intensive: March 16-20 (Monday – Friday)

A study of ethical reflection as a practice of cultural analysis. The churches’ mission in the world will be considered in relation to the ethical challenges presents by the new media, bioethics, globalization, religious pluralism, race, sexuality, and other issues. Satisfies Ethics, Cultural and Mission requirement.

Prerequisites: FDC 600 and TH 500. Instructor: Ray A. Owens, Affiliate Instructor of Christian Social Ethics and Black Church Studies and Senior Pastor, Metropolitan Baptist Church.

HB 575 Exegesis of the Hebrew Bible: Women in the Hebrew Bible

Intensive: February 20-22 and April 16-18 (Thursday-Saturday)

This course is designed as a survey of the Hebrew Bible from the perspective of the female characters in these ancient stories, in an effort to uncover what can be known about these important women, including: personalities, actions, and faithfulness. In order to do this study, students will learn about exegetical methods and will write an exegesis on a selected text about women in the Hebrew Bible. Once more familiarity with these female characters has been gained, students will discover ways in which these women and their stories may be introduced and integrated into life in the 21st century.

Prerequisite: HB 500. This course meets the curricular Hebrew Bible Exegesis requirement. Instructor: Lisa W. Davison, Johnnie Eargle Cadieux Professor of Hebrew Bible.

PL 675 Issues for Women in Christian Ministry

Intensive: January 13-17 (Monday–Friday)

This course examines issues often encountered by women performing ministerial functions (e.g., preaching, teaching, counseling, managing conflict) and the unique gifts of leadership which women commonly bring to the pastoral role.

No Prerequisite. Instructor: Ellen Blue, Mouzon Biggs, Jr. Professor of the History of Christianity and United Methodist Studies.

PW 540 The Theology and Practice of Public Worship

Intensive: March 9-13 (Monday-Friday)

An introduction to liturgical theology, or the discipline of theological reflection on the words and actions of the church’s worship, designed for students who will lead worship in communities of faith. While some attention is given to liturgy for occasional services, the primary focus will be on the people of God’s regular Sunday worship.

Prerequisites: FDC 600 and TH 500. Instructor: Richard F. Ward, the Fred B. Craddock Professor of Homiletics and Worship.

SP 600 Celtic Christian Culture and Spirituality

Intensive: February 6-8; April 30-May 2 (Thursday-Saturday)

An examination of the original context of Christian spirituality as perceived and practiced by the Celtic people (5th-8th centuries) with the principle objective of translating these practices and perspectives for 21st century people.

No Prerequisites. Instructor: Rev. Darlene Martinez, Children’s Pastor at Harvard Avenue Christian Church, Tulsa, OK.

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