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Master of Interfaith Theology | CURRICULUM OUTLINE
Theology is the systematic study about the nature of God/the Divine. Students of Interfaith Theology draw upon the entirety of the world’s wisdom traditions, allowing the many variations to enrich and inform their own understanding. Various systems of theology and related philosophical underpinnings are also examined such as syncretism which looks past differences towards a universal religion, relativism which claims any approach is as good as another, and pluralism which recognizes the shared common themes but also honors the cultural particularities that make each religion distinctive and unique.
Subjects may be studied in any order. Each course of study amounts to 5 credits. The Interfaith Theology program requires the student complete no less than 50 credits (11 of 13 courses) from the Theology curriculum below, plus 10 credits (5 courses) from the Master of Divinity program, equaling 60 credits total. Essays/papers are required for each.
THE 01 – Heart of Ministry
THE 02 — World Religions Overview
THE 03— Intro to Sacred Texts
THE 04 — Intro to Theology
THE 05 — Interfaith, Past Present & Future
THE 201 — Judaic Texts:
Torah, Talmud, Zohar, Sefer Yetzirah, Book of Enoch
THE 202 — Hindu Texts:
Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras, Upanishads, Bhakti Sutras,
Astavakra Samhita, Rig Veda, Devi Mahatmya, Shiva Sutras
THE 203 — Sikh, Jain, and Zoroastrian Texts:
Guru Granth Sahib, Agamas,Dēnkard , Bundahishn, Arda Viraf Namak
THE 204 — Taoist & Confucian Texts:
Tao Te Ching, Chuang Tzu,Wujing, Sishu, YiJing, I-Ching
THE 205— Christian Texts:
Old Testament, New Testament, The Apocrypha, Essene Gospels, Gnostic Gospels
THE 206 — Babylonian, Egyptian, and Hermetic Texts:
Enuma Elish, Epic of Gilgamesh, Descent of Ishtar,Poimandres, Emerald Tablet,
The Asclepius,Egyptian Book of The Dead, Coffin Texts
THE 207 — Christian Science, New Thought, & Mormon Texts:
Science & Health, The Science of Mind, Book of Mormon,
The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price.
THE 208 — Secular Humanist, Scientific Pantheist, and Atheist views.
THE 209 — Islamic & Sufi Texts:
Quran, Hadith, Rumi, Kabir, Hafiz,Bird Parliament,
The Alchemy of Happiness, Enclosed Garden of Truth,
THE 210 — Buddhist Texts:
Dhammapada, Tipitaka, Udana, Vinaya, Sutras, Tibetan Book of The Dead, Tree of Wisdom
THE 211 — Native American, Indigenous Wisdom:
Aztec, Inuit, Maya, IroquoisCherokee, Navajo, Zuñi, Hopi, Incan,..
The potential of Interfaith Theology as a new and developing field is great, examining as it does a variety of experiences and understandings of the Sacred and “Ultimate Reality”. Accordingly, All Paths has created this innovative program with an emphasis on the thematic interfaith/interspiritual exploration through the core philosophical questions central to most people’s living:
Who am I? What is Life? What is God? What is Time? What is Death? What happens after we die? What is Freedom? What is Reality? Why am I here? What is my Purpose?
As you begin to “connect the dots”, these profound considerations will serve as a scaffolding supporting the overarching central theme of this program, a question for you to answer in in your own way:
“What is Interfaith Theology and what contribution can it make to humanity”?
Interfaith study by its very nature is broad ~ we invite you to saturate yourself in exploring many philosophical points of view, to study sacred texts from the ascribed perspective and to demonstrate appropriate knowledge and expertise. Our intention is for you to approach this study from a holistic, interfaith lens, blending/bridging the wisdom of both head and heart. As an All Paths Theology student, you have the opportunity to be on the leading edge of this field.
The program is designed in such a way that it will require independent study and creative research. Your program mentor will be with you every step of the way to support you with guidance and consultation as needed, and faculty members are available if there is a particular content/theological question or reflection you need help with.
The curriculum begins with Heart of Ministry which is where the integration of head and heart begins and where being and learning come together, then an overview of the world’s religions and an introduction to Sacred Texts, followed by two foundational Theology courses. The first introduces you to the overall aims, value, and approaches to theological study; the second invites you to deepen your understanding by learning more about the various types and methodologies. After building this intellectual foundation students study the world’s sacred texts through subsequent coursework culminating in a final thesis paper on Interfaith Theology.