People who have loved ones who are going through a time of extreme suffering, in their attempt to comfort, are often heard to say to the sufferer: “If God were really loving, God wouldn’t let this happen.” Such a well-intentioned “pastoral” remark, along with: “God has a plan” or “God has a purpose in your suffering,” can spark a reaction of intense anger at God – why would God let this happen?
This course invites participants into the study of trauma-informed pastoral care through three distinct but overlapping forms of human suffering: trauma, moral injury, and crisis.
This course will explore a range of Christian teachings on attitudes toward, and technologies of, sex and sexuality. We will read medieval and modern theologies of sexuality, as well as contemporary historical, sociological, and cultural studies. Points of foc
“Paul at the Crossroads” will engage in a reading of Paul’s correspondence with the Christian community he founded at Corinth, i.e., 1 and 2 Corinthians.
This course combines the riches of the Bible with some of Yale’s greatest treasures. Each day will have a different theme that we will explore through academic study and lively conversation about a biblical text.
This course will explore different representations of the sacred in Mozart’s oeuvre and will draw connections between his liturgical music and his “secular” music, created for a world that was striving for a re-sacralization in its way of listening to music. The course will also ask how we listen to Mozart’s music.
This course will explore the essential themes that radiate through Nouwen’s work and life, and his historical legacy. As we read from the writings published during his tenure at Yale, we will join Nouwen in deep reflection about the role of love, doubt, sexuality, prayer, and silence in the spiritual life.
This course introduces Chinese Christianity, from the Syriac church of the eighth century through to the sermons and micro-blogs of house-church pastors in the twenty-first century—and asks what its experience can teach us.
Natural and human-influenced features of the land and locale connect us to Jonathan Edwards’s study and writing habits, his preaching throughout the Connecticut Valley and the imagery he employed, his views on the natural and supernatural, natural typology, and on the beauty of the world. Participants will be introduced to selected repositories within and beyond Yale that bear on Edwards and his material world.
The Book of Job is the Bible’s bizarre masterpiece. This course is devoted to a detailed examination of the translated text and its interpretations in Judaism, Christianity, art, literature, and popular culture.
This course will introduce the thinking of Thurman through a careful reading and discussion of his seminal book: Jesus and the Disinherited. As we reflect upon Thurman’s work, we will consider our own spiritual paths, sense of self, and citizenship.
This course begins by briefly outlining the history and development of Islam. After surveying the economic, racial and cultural landscape of the global Muslim community, it examines the internal diversity of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims: Who are they?
We will explore the complexities of living a life of faith and commitment to Christ in an economy that worships wealth.
Can reading poetry be one way of thinking theologically, or even of ‘doing theology’? In this course we will study poetry as a source of theological reflection and insight through close readings of individual poems and poetic sequences by some of the best poets of the English language in modern times.
This course will present the latest ideas from Christian and interreligious scholars and activists who respond to conflict and violence with constructive peacemaking methods.
Are humans becoming gods? What may seem merely a question for science fiction is in fact reshaping the worlds of technology, science, and religion.