Academics
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Interfaith Sample Courses

  • RH301, 302 Interpreting the Hebrew Bible
    --Plus a variety of courses in Hebrew Bible
  • RH 402: History of Jewish Thought
  • RH 405: Very Different Visions: Jewish and Christian Interpretations of Genesis
  • RH 409: Study Tour to Israel and Palestine
  • RH416/TEC 419: Dangerous Religious Ideas in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • RH 417: Loss and Healing in the Bible and in Rabbinic Literature
  • RH 421: Living, Breathing Judaisms
  • RH 480: Martin, Malcolm, and Civil Religion
  • RH 481 African American Religious History
  • RH 485: Religion in North America
  • RH 493: Women and Religion in the US: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • RH 494/TEC 441:Story and Religious Imagination in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
  • RH595: Maimonides, Aquinas and Averroes
  • CM 365: Global Sensitivity in Ministry
  • CM 417: Worship in World Religions
  • TEC 395: Introduction to Interreligious Engagement
  • TEC 412: Theologies of Spirit
  • TEC 481: Interfaith Action in the World
  • TEC 420: Explorations in Jewish Ethics
  • TEC 470: Religion And: State, Science, Environment
  • TEC 475: Exploring the American Muslim Experience
  • TEC 477: Anthropology of Islam
  • TEC 486: The Black Church and the Nation of Islam
  • TEC 489: Christianity and Confucianism
  • TEC 494: Native American Religious Traditions
  • TEC 504: Augustine, Niebuhr, Malcolm X
  • TEC 593: Topics in Interreligious Dialogue
  • plus Field Education opportunities
  • and a variety of non-denominational courses in ethics, culture, etc.

Note: Not all courses are offered every year. Students also are able to cross-register for courses within the ACTS consortium as well as SCUPE (Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education) and the University of Chicago.

Sample Courses in Non-Christian and Interfaith Studies available to CTS students at other schools:

The Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS) includes: Catholic Theological Union, Chicago Theological Seminary, Garrett-Evangelical Theological School, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, McCormick Theological Seminary, Meadville Lombard Theological School, North Park Theological Seminary, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Seabury Western Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and University of St. Mary of the Lake. Here are some of the available courses:

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

  • Christians and Muslims
  • Religions in Dialogue
  • India
  • Jesus and Muhammad
  • Qur’an and Bible

Catholic Theological Union

  • Spirituality of Lakota-Christian Dialogue
  • The History of Muslim-Christian Relations
  • History of Religions and Comparative Theology
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Messianic Expectation in Early Judaism
  • Islamic Mysticism and Spirituality
  • Jewish Liturgy
  • Theological Themes in Christian-Jewish Relations
  • Contemporary Islamic Renewal and Reform Movements

McCormick Theological Seminary

  • Religious Pluralism and Ministry: Chicago and Beyond
  • Arab Reawakening: “Middle Eastern” Christians and Muslims in Chicago
  • Biblical Foundations of Jewish and Christian Difference

Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education

  • Interfaith and Intercultural Ministries
  • Eco-Justice: A Vision for a Sustainable City

University of Chicago Divinity School

  • Jewish History and Society I: Ancient Jerusalem
  • Jewish Liturgical Poetry
  • The Study of Modern Jewish Thought: Theory and Method
  • Franz Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption
  • Nirvana and Other Buddhist Felicities
  • Islamic Thought and Literature
  • Islamic Classics and the Printing Press
  • The Novel and Classic Arabic Heritage in Contemporary Egyptian Literature
  • Levinas and Derrida on Religion and Literature
  • Method and Theory in Comparative Religious Ethics      

Courses in Hebrew, Arabic and Greek are available at several of the consortium schools.