Ted Peters—Teaching

Systematic Theology, ST-2003
A systematic examination of the classic Christian doctrines in light of the contemporary context of the church’s ministry. Required of PLTS 2nd year MDiv and MTS students. Lectures, tests, and papers plus special events.
Grace and Freedom, STHS-4309
This seminar will consist of a systematic and historical treatment of the dialectic between divine grace and human freedom in relationship to questions such as predestination. Reading will focus on arguments in primary sources such as: Irenaeus, Origen, Augustine, Pelagius, Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Erasmus, Arminius, Edwards, Barth, and Rahner. Contemporary arguments regarding genetic determinism and human freedom will be reviewed. Lectures, class discussion, papers. [1 course in systematic or historical theology; Auditors with permission of Faculty] This course is co-taught by PhD student Sheila Taylor with a Newhall Award.
Genesis 1-11 and Evolution, OTST-4485
A close reading of Genesis 1-11 with special emphasis on theological loci such as creation, imago dei, fall, sin, redemption, and new creation. In addition, the role played by Genesis in the controversy over Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution will be addressed in light of science, creationism, intelligent design, atheism, and theistic evolution. Lecture and discussion. Student evaluation: Class contributions, exegesis paper, and a paper on the evolution controversy. [One course each in Bible and systematic theology]
Evolution, Ethics & Eschatology, ST-5930
This advanced seminar will focus on the relation between biological evolution and theological reflection. Specifically, the problem of natural evil as a phenomenon in the pre-human world will be examined in light of natural theodicy and in light of the Christian hope for eschatological new creation. The course includes a review of the neo-Darwinian model of biological evolution, sociobiology, and evolutionary psychology. Darwinian interpretations of predation, extinction, and genetic determinism will be interrogated, asking whether human moral evil is rooted in pre-human natural evil. Format: Lecture and seminar. Student evaluation: Class contributions, one scholarly term paper. This seminar is aimed at masters and doctoral students in theology, ethics, or spirituality, and UCB students in the sciences.