THS3110 Theology of Illness & Healthcare

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Thomas Grafton

Course Description:

Addresses the worldwide experience of suffering through a biblically-informed perspective for the sake of the Churchs mission to a hurting world. Topics addressed in this course will include pastoral care, nursing, healthcare, and healing (both spiritual and physical) as they pertain to disease and disability. Students will be assessed on the readings and lectures through online discussion, case-studies, and service projects.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Any student involved in the medical field, nursing, healthcare, etc, will be equipped for appropriate Christian ministry in these areas with a theological framework for appropriate counsel and care. Beyond this, since everyone faces forms of suffering, hardship, and disease in this world, this course will help students place these ubiquitous experiences into the larger theological framework of Gods purposes and plans for his creation.

Why This Course Is Important:

Suffering is a universal experience, and our missional efforts will inevitably have to face the challenges posed by pain. For this reason, we must be equipped with a proper theological framework about such matters so that we can know best how to love, serve, and provide care in whatever capacity we can in accordance with our gifts and callings.