Theological edu in reach intro3Men and women who serve in their local church, may have viewed engaging in theological education as an ideal rather than a reality. Now, pursuing those studies has never been more in reach; taking online courses is the fastest growing form of seminary education. Students can remain in their ministry field or place of work and get theological and ministry training at lower costs. They don’t have to relocate their family to obtain the education they seek.

UTS Online joins other leading online communities that have high engagement and interaction with chats, forums, and video using a state of the art learning management system. Recent research shows that students engaged in online learning achieve learning outcomes that are at least as good as, or better than, those achieved by students engaged in residential programs. Online learning, which may have once been seen skeptically, has now become acceptable for churches, businesses, and in society.

Students who do well with email and staying in touch with friends through social media adapt well to this online learning environment. However, students do need to be aware that graduate-level education, online as in the regular classroom, requires discipline, time management, and effort. Online courses, though convenient, require as much time and energy as regular classroom courses.

The UTS faculty are leading scholars in their fields as well as experienced ministry practitioners. Students will learn to bring scriptural and theological depth into their day-to-day work.

There will be three courses offered beginning in October, 2018. Application ends September 28.

Islam

According to statistics, Islam is the fastest growing religion in the 21st century making it the second largest world religion after Christianity. Why is Islam growing? How is Islam a challenge in the western world?

This course introduces the tradition of Islam from an authentic perspective: the life of Muhammad, the Qur’an, central beliefs and traditions, schools of jurisprudence, the history of Islam, the social impact of Islam, and Islam’s theory of war and peace.

The course will also explore some of the contemporary issues related to the Sharia (Islamic Law), Terrorism, Jihad, Human Rights and Women’s Rights. 3 credits

- Taught by Dr. Drissa Kone, Adjunct Professor of Ministry (Peace and Justice). He also serves as UTS' Director of Student Life and minister to the Belvedere Family Community in Westchester, NY.

Unification Philosophy

Unification Philosophy is the philosophy of Rev. Sun Myung Moon; this philosophy was then systematized by the late Dr. Sang Hun Lee as Unification Thought.

This course explores various frameworks of interpretation in order to expand the meaning and horizon of Rev. Moon’s philosophical ideas within and beyond Unification Thought.

The course focuses on articulating the philosophical principles in Rev. Moon’s religious thought, explores their philosophical implications, and examines their plausibility. 3 credits

- Taught by Dr. Keisuke Noda, Professor of Philosophy and Academic Dean at UTS, is a philosopher with background in phenomenology and hermeneutics.

Divine Principle in Depth

Divine Principle provides the formula for our life with God and one another. It is also a resource for ecumenical relations, offering amazing insights into the Bible and Christian doctrines.

This is an advanced course equipping students with the analytical tools they need to deal with diverse opinions and faith styles. 3 credits

- Taught by Dr. Andrew Wilson, Professor of Scriptural Studies at UTS. He has also worked as an author and an editor of World Scripture, Chambumo Gyeong, True Family Values, and Exposition of the Divine Principle

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