THS5300 Theology of Hospitality and Presence

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Vinod John

Course Description:

An analysis of the biblical culture that valued hospitality as a supreme virtue. It explores how hospitality shapes Christians identity as the recipient of Gods hospitality at the Lords Table, and would help develop a theology of hospitality and Christian presence to others in homes and in the household of faith, as a means of participating in the mission of God in an unhospitable world.

How This Course Benefits Students:

This course is intended to be an introduction to the concept of participating in Gods missions through hospitality and Christian presence. The world around us is increasingly multi-religious and multi-cultural. The political turmoil, civil wars, and the unprecedented rise in religious extremism in the Middle East has given rise to rapid migrations and a huge refugee crisis for the rest of the world, particularly for Europe and North America. As Christians, we need to know how to biblically and theologically respond to this situation by not just perceiving the other or stranger as a mere object of our evangelism and conversion but as a neighbor to whom Christian hospitality must be wholeheartedly extended.

Why This Course Is Important:

Today the society around us is one of the most religiously and culturally diverse community 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 these people? They cannot be seen as mere objects of our conversion project. This course will help students learn how to understand the religious other, ourselves, and our God and how to prepare a table in the midst of our enemies and learn to live together as the people of God.