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Amy E. Marga

Amy E. Marga

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology

  • Ph.D. (Princeton Theological Seminary)
  • M.Div. (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Biography

Amy E. Marga came to Luther Seminary as assistant professor of systematic theology in 2006. Prior to that she was an English instructor and coach at the German-American Institute, Tübingen, Germany (2002-2006) and a teaching assistant at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J. (2001-2002).

A summa cum laude graduate of Concordia University, St. Paul, MN (1995), she received a Master of Divinity (1998) and Doctor of Philosophy (2006) from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, N.J.

Marga is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the North American Karl Barth Society and the German-American Institute. She is the translator of Karl Barth's The Word of God and the Word of Man [Bruce McCormack, editor (forthcoming)] and was an editorial assistant for Lutheran Quarterly.

Among her publications are "Jesus Christ and the Modern Sinner: Karl Barth's Retrieval of Luther's Substantive Christology," in Currents in Theology and Mission (August 2007) and "Karl Barth's Second Dogmatic Cycle, Münster 1926-1928: A Progress Report," in: Zeitschrift für dialektische Theologie, (2005).

Courses

SG 0401 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Summer Term 2016-2017

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings. FULFILLS INTERP/CONFESSING REQUIREMENTS

ST 1462 50FEMINIST WOMANIST MUJERISTA THEOL Spring Semester 2016-2017

This course explores and analyzes “feminist” theologies within global Christianity, such as white feminist, womanist, mujerista, Asian and African theologies. The course seeks to discern how best to interpret and confess the gospel of Jesus Christ to women and men in different cultural contexts. FULFILLS ETHICS CURRIC EQUIVALENCIES

ST 2482 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA Spring Semester 2016-2017

This course explores the ways that American Protestantism and race intersect. It will specifically focus on Protestant attitudes towards African slaves and their conversion to Christianity. It will investigate how Western Christian theology has supported the construction of "whiteness" and "blackness", and look at how Protestant theologians interacted with the Civil Rights movement. It introduces students to Black theology and the spiritual resources that Black Americans utilize in order to deal with and resist unjust social structures.

ST 6484 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA Spring Semester 2016-2017

This course explores the ways that American Protestantism and race intersect. It will specifically focus on Protestant attitudes towards African slaves and their conversion to Christianity. It will investigate how Western Christian theology has supported the construction of "whiteness" and "blackness", and look at how Protestant theologians interacted with the Civil Rights movement. It introduces students to Black theology and the spiritual resources that Black Americans utilize in order to deal with and resist unjust social structures.

SG 0401 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2016-2017

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings.

SG 0401 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Summer Term 2015-2016

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings.

SG 0601 50VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR ISpring Semester 2015-2016

Vocational formation encompasses four dimensions: theological formation, faith formation, character formation, and interpersonal formation. This course introduces students to the concept of vocational formation at Luther Seminary and in ministry contexts. Students will learn how to think theologically about their seminary education and to critically reflect on their own faith and educational program as they relate to their lifelong learning as a Christian public leader. This course will provide forums for examining assumptions about God, communities and neighbor, give students the opportunity to engage in ongoing self-assessment in community throughout their seminary career, and instill habits that encourage lifelong learning. Part I - Taken in the first term of study (0.5 course). Part II - Taken in the final term of study (0.5 course).

SG 0602 50VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARN LDR II Spring Semester 2015-2016

Vocational formation encompasses four dimensions: theological formation, faith formation, character formation, and interpersonal formation. This course introduces students to the concept of vocational formation at Luther Seminary and in ministry contexts. Students will learn how to think theologically about thier seminary education and to critically reflect on their own faith and educational program as they relate to their lifelong learning as a Christian public leader. This course will provide forums for examining assumptions about God, communities and neighbor, give students the opportunity to engage in ongoing self-assessment in community throughout their seminary career, and instill habits that encourage lifelong learning. Part I - Taken in the first term of study (0.5 course). Part II - Taken in the final term of study (0.5 course). Prerequisite: SG0601 - Learning Leader Part I

ST 1487 01THEOL OF KARL BARTH AND 21ST CENT Spring Semester 2015-2016

This course will explore the theology Karl Barth, perhaps the most important theologian of the twentieth century. It will examine his cultural context, his contributions to contemporary doctrines of revelation, election, and Trinity. It will also explore how his Christology has implications for theological anthropology today.

ST 6487 01THEOL OF KARL BARTH AND 21ST CENT Spring Semester 2015-2016

This course will explore the theology Karl Barth, perhaps the most important theologian of the twentieth century. It will examine his cultural context, his contributions to contemporary doctrines of revelation, election, and Trinity. It will also explore how his Christology has implications for theological anthropology today.

SG 0601 50VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR IJanuary Term 2015-2016

THIS SECTION FOR ALL NEWLY ADMITTED STUDENTS - RESIDENTIAL AND DIST LEARNING. REGISTER FOR THIS AND FOR SPRING SG0601-50 AND COHORT IN SPRING. Vocational formation encompasses four dimensions: theological formation, faith formation, character formation, and interpersonal formation. This course introduces students to the concept of vocational formation at Luther Seminary and in ministry contexts. Students will learn how to think theologically about their seminary education and to critically reflect on their own faith and educational program as they relate to their lifelong learning as a Christian public leader. This course will provide forums for examining assumptions about God, communities and neighbor, give students the opportunity to engage in ongoing self-assessment in community throughout their seminary career, and instill habits that encourage lifelong learning. Part I - Taken in the first term of study (0.5 course). Part II - Taken in the final term of study (0.5 course). NOTE: JTERM 2015-16 PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY DAY EVENTS SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS.

SG 0401 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2015-2016

What does it mean to be a public witness to Jesus Christ in a pluralistic, post-secular, consumer society? Using classical and contemporary thinkers in systematic theology, students will think critically about how and in what ways God encounters us in and through our neighbors, calling us to examine our own assumptions about who God is and what God does in law and promise. Centered in Jesus Christ crucified and risen, the course examines how justification/sanctification by faith alone turns us outward from the self through the Holy Spirit to participate in God's work of reconciliation, justice, and peace with our neighbor and for our neighbor. Students develop their identity as Christian leaders and grow in their theological capacity to offer public leadership in a wide range of ministry settings.

SG 0601 01VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR IFall Semester 2015-2016

Vocational formation encompasses four dimensions: theological formation, faith formation, character formation, and interpersonal formation. This course introduces students to the concept of vocational formation at Luther Seminary and in ministry contexts. Students will learn how to think theologically about their seminary education and to critically reflect on their own faith and educational program as they relate to their lifelong learning as a Christian public leader. This course will provide forums for examining assumptions about God, communities and neighbor, give students the opportunity to engage in ongoing self-assessment in community throughout their seminary career, and instill habits that encourage lifelong learning. Part I - Taken in the first term of study (0.5 course). Part II - Taken in the final term of study (0.5 course).

SG 0602 50VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARN LDR II Fall Semester 2015-2016

Vocational formation encompasses four dimensions: theological formation, faith formation, character formation, and interpersonal formation. This course introduces students to the concept of vocational formation at Luther Seminary and in ministry contexts. Students will learn how to think theologically about thier seminary education and to critically reflect on their own faith and educational program as they relate to their lifelong learning as a Christian public leader. This course will provide forums for examining assumptions about God, communities and neighbor, give students the opportunity to engage in ongoing self-assessment in community throughout their seminary career, and instill habits that encourage lifelong learning. Part I - Taken in the first term of study (0.5 course). Part II - Taken in the final term of study (0.5 course). Prerequisite: SG0601 - Learning Leader Part I

ST 0415 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-GOD THE CREATOSummer Term 2014-2015

This course provides instruction and practice in theologically-based practical reasoning for ministerial contexts, including a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith, and cultivating theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Each class will focus on a particular article of the creed or related Christian doctrines for the practices of ministry. Focus: God the Creator

SG 0601 50 CO 10VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR ISpring Semester 2014-2015

This section is intended for Cohort 8 of the MDIV DL program.

SG 0602 50VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARN LDR II Spring Semester 2014-2015

Vocational formation encompasses four dimensions: theological formation, faith formation, character formation, and interpersonal formation. This course introduces students to the concept of vocational formation at Luther Seminary and in ministry contexts. Students will learn how to think theologically about thier seminary education and to critically reflect on their own faith and educational program as they relate to their lifelong learning as a Christian public leader. This course will provide forums for examining assumptions about God, communities and neighbor, give students the opportunity to engage in ongoing self-assessment in community throughout their seminary career, and instill habits that encourage lifelong learning. Part I - Taken in the first term of study (0.5 course). Part II - Taken in the final term of study (0.5 course). Prerequisite: SG0601 - Learning Leader Part I

ST 1462 01FEMINIST WOMANIST MUJERISTA THEOL Spring Semester 2014-2015

This course explores and analyzes “feminist” theologies within global Christianity, such as white feminist, womanist, mujerista, Asian and African theologies. The course seeks to discern how best to interpret and confess the gospel of Jesus Christ to women and men in different cultural contexts.

BP 7531 01PREACHING AS THE WORD IN CONTEXT DMIN Session - BP 2014-2015

An exploration of preaching as a word of God addressed within Christian worship to a particular time and place. Participants reflect on the way sermons offer a reading or interpretation of the sermon's audience as much as they offer a reading of a biblical text. Attention is paid to the relation of text and context at each stage of sermon development.

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