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Amy E. Marga

Amy E. Marga

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology; Division Chair for History and 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 2018-2019

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 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.

GR 8653 01THEOLOGICAL EXPLORATIONS IN GLOBAL Spring Semester 2018-2019

An interdisciplinary seminar to be taken by students in theri first year focusing on themese in theology (womanist theologies, liberation theologies, etc.)

ST 0440 01THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD Spring Semester 2018-2019

This course provides a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith in the Triune God, drawing upon biblical, theological, confessional and contemporary resources. Together we will cultivate theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Prerequisite: SG 0401 Thinking Theologically Confessing Publicly Equivalency: ST0415 or ST0425 or ST0435 ST Core Course

ST 1462 50FEMINIST WOMANIST MUJERISTA THEOL Fall Semester 2018-2019

This course explores and analyzes contemporary feminist theologies within global Christianity, such as white feminist, womanist, African, and Asian theologies. It retrieves historical voices of women in Christian thought and discerns how best to interpret and confess the gospel of Jesus Christ to women and men in different cultural contexts. It asks, ‘what does the female face of God look like today?

ST 2482 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA Fall Semester 2018-2019

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 Fall Semester 2018-2019

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. PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED

ST 1487 01THEOL OF KARL BARTH AND 21ST CENT Summer Term 2017-2018

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 Summer Term 2017-2018

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 0440 01THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD Spring Semester 2017-2018

This course provides a comprehensive, coherent presentation of the articles of faith in the Triune God, drawing upon biblical, theological, confessional and contemporary resources. Together we will cultivate theological imagination in view of communities and neighbors through current questions, challenges to faith, and awareness of diverse contexts. Prerequisite: SG 0401 Thinking Theologically Confessing Publicly

ST 2482 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA January Term 2017-2018

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. PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED

ST 6484 01RACE AND PROTESTANTISM IN AMERICA January Term 2017-2018

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. PRE AND POST WORK REQUIRED

SG 0401 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2017-2018

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 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.

ST 1462 50FEMINIST WOMANIST MUJERISTA THEOL Fall Semester 2017-2018

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 7588 01PREACHING RACE AND RACIAL RECONCIL DMIN Session - BP 2017-2018

This course will explore the intersection between race and preaching in the United States. It examines sermons and documents from the periods of slavery, abolition and the Civil War, as well as the twentieth century and Civil Rights movement. It analyzes theological, political and ideological commitments on race, racial injustice, and racial reconciliation primarily among “white” and African-American preachers. It engages the students own understandings about race and reconciliation and explores how to preach into communities on race, injustice and reconciliation. COURSE MEETS JUNE 11-15, 2018 IN OCC 215

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.

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