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Alan G. Padgett

Alan G. Padgett

Professor of Systematic Theology

  • D.Phil. (University of Oxford)
  • M.Div. (Drew University)

Biography

Alan Padgett earned a bachelor of arts with honors from Vanguard University, Costa Mesa, Calif., in 1977. Following a call to the ministry, he graduated from Drew University, Madison, N.J., with a master of divinity in 1981. In 1990, he received his doctor of philosophy from the University of Oxford in England. Previously, he served as professor of theology and the philosophy of science at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, Calif., (1992-2001). Padgett has been on the faculty of Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., since July 2001. He currently serves as the chair of the history and theology division. Padgett is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. His most recent books include Christianity and Western Thought, vol. 3: Journey to Postmodernity in the Twentieth Century (with Steve Wilkens; 2009); and But is it all True?  The Bible and the Question of Truth (co-edited with Patrick Keifert; 2006).

Featured Work

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

Wiley-Blackwell (May, 2012)

A cutting-edge survey of contemporary thought at the intersection of science and Christianity. Provides a cutting-edge survey of the central ideas at play at the intersection of science and Christianity through 54 original articles by world-leading scholars and rising stars in the discipline Focuses on Christianity's interaction with Science to offer a fine-grained analysis of issues such as multiverse theories in cosmology, convergence in evolution, Intelligent Design, natural theology, human consciousness, artificial intelligence, free will, miracles, and the Trinity, amongst many others Addresses major historical developments in the relationship between science and Christianity, including Christian patristics, the scientific revolution, the reception of Darwin, and twentieth century fundamentalism Divided into 9 Parts: Historical Episodes; Methodology; Natural Theology; Cosmology & Physics; Evolution; The Human Sciences; Christian Bioethics; Metaphysical Implications; The Mind; Theology; and Significant Figures of the 20th Century Includes diverse perspectives and broadens the conversation from the Anglocentric tradition

The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity

Courses

CD 1624 01UNITED METHODIST CHUR DOCT AND HISTSpring Semester 2016-2017

An investigation of the doctrinal standards of the United Methodist church, and the historical roots of the church in Wesleyan and Methodist movements in England and America. The course includes an overview of current theological issues within Methodism. In this class, we learn to think theologically and historically, in order to better understand the church today. We will learn from the positive and negative examples and teaching of Wesley and the Methodists how better to fulfill our vocation in the church and world today.

ST 0425 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-JESUS SAVIOR Spring Semester 2016-2017

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: Jesus the Savior

ST 0415 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-GOD THE CREATOJanuary Term 2016-2017

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; PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED.

CD 1633 01GOD EVIL AND SUFFERING Fall Semester 2016-2017

An examination of ways in which the Bible and the Christian tradition consider evil and suffering and how such consideration informs the task of interpreting and confessing the Gospel in the contemporary world. Special attention is given to implications for pastoral reflection. FULFILLS IC2630-94

CD 1646 01COMPARATIVE CONFESSIONS Fall Semester 2016-2017

Comparing confessions of major Christian churches (Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, Reformed) with emphasis on ecumenical relations in pluralist communities, parishes, and churchwide. FULFILLS IC2630-94

SG 0401 01THINKING 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. FULFILLS INTERP/CONFESSING REQUIREMENTS

ST 0425 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-JESUS SAVIOR Summer Term 2015-2016

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: Jesus the Savior

ST 0435 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Spring Semester 2015-2016

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: The Holy Spirit

ST 2476 01THE DEMONIC - THEOLOGY AND MINISTRYSpring Semester 2015-2016

This course inquires into the concept of the devil and the demonic in Scripture, Christian theology and history. We explore concepts of the demonic in contemporary theology and culture, as well as exploring socio-political, psychological, and ministry implications.

ST 0435 01TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Fall Semester 2015-2016

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: The Holy Spirit

ST 2472 50DISCIPLESHIP AND ETHICS OF JESUS Fall Semester 2015-2016

In this course we work together to investigate the character and meaning of the ethics of Jesus for a Church life today. Foundational to our learning will be the Gospel texts, read in the context the faith community in mission today as the place in which vital individual discipleship is lived out. Christian moral theology, philosophical ethics, and various ethical approaches to interpreting Scripture all provide elements that provoke our questioning and dialog.

ST 1466 50CREATION ECOLOGY AND CHR ETHICS Summer Term 2014-2015

This course investigates our current ecological crisis in the light of a biblically informed Christian ethic. It is equally a study in a Christian ethical interpretation of Scripture in the light of serious environmental problems. A case study approach helps to ground a short introduction to ecology and environment as well as a study of various models for a Christian ethics of creation care. The focus is on a critical theological reflection on praxis in a pluralistic world of many faiths and none at all, but in which we all share a common, growing crisis. PRE-WORK REQUIRED AND BEGINS JUNE 10.

CD 1624 01UNITED METHODIST CHUR DOCT AND HISTSpring Semester 2014-2015

An investigation of the doctrinal standards of the United Methodist church, and the historical roots of the church in Wesleyan and Methodist movements in England and America. The course includes an overview of current theological issues within Methodism.

SG 0601 50 C3VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR ISpring Semester 2014-2015

This section is intended for Cohort 7 of the MDIV DL program.

SG 0601 50 CO 11VOCATIONAL FORMATION-LEARNING LDR ISpring Semester 2014-2015

This section was RESIDENTIAL. CHANGED to ONLINE on 12/23/14. Will meet ONLINE Mondays 6-7:30pm

ST 1466 01CREATION ECOLOGY AND CHR ETHICS Spring Semester 2014-2015

This course investigates our current ecological crisis in the light of a biblically informed Christian ethic. It is equally a study in a Christian ethical interpretation of Scripture in the light of our current ecological crisis. A case study approach helps to ground a short introduction to ecology as well as a study of various models for a Christian ethics of creation care. The focus is on a critical theological reflection on praxis in a pluralistic world of many faiths and none at all, but in which we all share a common, growing crisis. Prerequisite: Core course in ST

ST 4430 01 F6THE THEOLOGY OF JOHN WESLEY Spring Semester 2014-2015

An investigation of the theology of Wesley, with particular attention to original sources such as sermons, tracts and letters. Wesley is interpreted as a pastoral or practical theologian, against the background of his life and ministry in the evangelical revival. Attention is given to key Wesleyan doctrines, such as the (so-called) Wesleyan quadrilateral, soteriology, pneumatology and Christian perfection. Prerequisite: Basic ST and HC signature core courses

CD 1633 01GOD EVIL AND SUFFERING Fall Semester 2014-2015

An examination of ways in which the Bible and the Christian tradition consider evil and suffering and how such consideration informs the task of interpreting and confessing the Gospel in the contemporary world. Special attention is given to implications for pastoral reflection.

ST 0435 02 50TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Fall Semester 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: The Holy Spirit

ST 0435 50TRIUNE GOD AND WORLD-HOLY SPIRIT Fall Semester 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: The Holy Spirit

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