Fall 2016 Courses at General Seminary


There is still time to register for fall 2016 courses at The General Theological Seminary. Below is a selection of offerings, including evening courses, that can be taken for credit or for audit. For more information, email registrar@gts.edu. To register and for a list of the full course offerings click here.

The fall term runs September 6 - December 16, 2016.


“Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven…” Who is this company of Heaven we join with whenever we celebrate the Eucharist? An Angel, for one thing, is much more than a lovely winged thing. And a Demon is much more real than a prop for popular film, television, and video games. They are a serious and interesting part of our tradition, and they deserve better understanding than they normally get—in or out of Church. This course will very much be an exploration. Our course began in an effort to discover what angels and demons really are—in Scripture, in history, in our worship. We will therefore look for them in the Bible, in icons and paintings, in the Book of Common Prayer, and in fact.

Prof. Clair McPherson. 3 credits. Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


The texts of the New Testament were written by a variety of people at many different times and locations and for many different purposes, yet these disparate texts circulated throughout the early church as an abiding resource for pastoral and theological reflection well beyond their genesis. Accordingly, they eventually came to be collected into a volume of sacred writings.

While much of New Testament scholarship emphasizes the diversity of their origins, the incorporation of these texts into a single canon creates new interpretive possibilities that raise the question of their unity, particularly their theology. What claims are made in the New Testament about the character of God and the corresponding truth about humanity? Much more than an overview of the New Testament, this class will investigate the unity and diversity of the New Testament texts through a study of the theologies of their witness.

Prof. Todd Brewer. 3 credits. Mondays, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Our Church was born alongside the new American republic, its history interwoven with that of the nation, whose unofficial “house of prayer” is, in fact, an Episcopal cathedral. And yet, a majority of people today, including many Church members, cannot explain what it means to be an Episcopalian.

This class is intended to help participants engage in the development of Christians in the Episcopal tradition. Through lectures, interactive discussions, quizzes, activities, papers, and guest speakers, participants will be empowered to create practical formation programs for congregations.

Prof. C.K. Robertson. 3 credits. Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.


Apocalyptic Theology refers to a worldview of God and the end of the world. In an ongoing age of religious violence, it is important to understand what is meant by the Apocalypse. Christian faith is even argued to constitute a religious matrix born out of an apocalyptic worldview of the destruction of Second Temple Judaism. The Apocalypse (literally “revelation”) is a way of viewing reality in which the end of the world is inevitable. This course will focus in particular on contemporary Christian and secular forms of apocalypticism through a survey of apocalyptic texts and film. While surveying these texts and film, we will, in the course of the semester, consider various aspects of the apocalyptic worldview: the nature of the cosmos, politics, God and humanity.

Prof. Michael Battle. 3 credits. Thursdays, 6:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.