THM5410 Issues in Theology of Person and Place

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Matthew Farlow

Course Description:

Analyzes the concepts of personhood, place, identity, individuality, and community vis–vis the imago dei in Gods creation from a theological anthropology perspective. It explores the themes of person and his/her identity and place in Gods creation in the service of the missio dei. The course will place particular emphasis and application on the contexts of refugees, migration, and immigration.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course is an introduction to the theological anthropology of the concept of person, personhood, identity, individuality, and community and how they relate to the image of God from a missional perspective. The sacredness of the place where God has placed individuals, however dehumanizing it may be, will be explored. Stress will be given to the idea that the mission of God is to be carried out by individuals created in the image of God in a particular place where God has kept them for a purpose.

Why This Course Is Important:

Today the society around us is one of the most religiously and culturally diverse communities that we have seen in the history of humankind. Due to immigration, forced or normal migration, or the enormous refugee crisis, every day we encounter people of different religious beliefs and cultural practices in a myriad of settings. How should a Christian respond to the strangers of the other? How do we consider the place we have been raised or have lived all our life or the place God has moved us to? This course will help students learn the meaning of personhood, explore human identity and help us live in more humane ways with the other in whatever place God has kept us thus humanizing the inhuman world of racial and communal conflict around us.