The concentration is designed for those who wish to push beyond traditional systematic theological categories towards an integration of constructive theology with hermeneutics (the study of interpretation and transformation). We seek a balance between faithful interpretation that does not dominate the text and a conscious awareness of our own contextualities as interpreters and communities, both locally and globally. Typically the subject interests post-evangelicals, post-liberals and intellectually minded students who are interested in anchoring their theology in an “ancient future” approach to life.
If you believe both human identity and history are “storied” rather than static, and if you see the interpretation of theological texts in a similar light, this concentration is for you.
At the completion of this program students will be able to demonstrate:
- Advanced skills in contextual interpretation of biblical texts and the hermeneutical social locations of interpreters
- Diachronic awareness of narrative continuities and creative tensions between Christianity’s founding texts and select theological movements
- Synchronic understanding of global theologies as they relate to narrative theology
- Initial appreciation of interdisciplinary dynamics at work in integrating hermeneutical interpretation with the sciences of human transformation
- Theological basis for social justice as integral to, and incidental to, the gospel of Jesus Christ
In addition to the basic requirements of the chosen degree program, for this concentration a student must complete:
- Basic M.A. degree course requirements for this concentration
- Writing for Theological Study TR104 and Intellectual Development Inventory (IDI)
- Introductory Courses
- Church Heritage Courses (7-9 cr)
- Hermeneutics TR175 and Constructive Theology TR105 (6 cr)
- Ethics and Justice course (3 cr)
- Concentration course requirements
- Narrative Theology electives (6 cr)
- Narrative Theology Core Courses
- Narrative Theology electives (9 cr)
- General electives (1-11 cr)
- Narrative Theology Curriculum only
- Requires three concentration or specialized ministry courses (4 cr each) taken at the doctoral level*
*Please contact the instructor before the first class session to discuss readings and assignments.