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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 has been on the faculty at Luther Seminary since 2001. Following a call to the ministry, he graduated from Drew University (M. Div., 1981).  After serving full time in pastoral ministry he studied at the University of Oxford (D.Phil, 1990).  A United Methodist minister, he coordinates Methodist studies at the seminary as well as teaching classes in systematic theology and ethics. Padgett works at the intersection of theology, biblical studies, philosophy and the sciences.  His most recent books include the Blackwell Companion to Science & Christianity (co-edited with Jim Stump, 2012); Faith and Reason: Three Views (ed. Steve Wilkens, 2013); and Introduction to Philosophy: Christianity and the Big Questions (with Steve Wilkens, 2018).  He is currently working on a four-views book in ecotheology, co-edited with Kiara Jorgensen.

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

SG 0401 X1THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Summer Term 2019-2020

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.

SG 0401 X1 E1 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Summer Term 2019-2020

EXTENDED SESSION 1 FOR SG0401-X1 - RESIDENTIAL

SG 0401 X1 E2 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Summer Term 2019-2020

EXTENDED SESSION 2 FOR SG0401-X1 - ONLINE

ST 0440 33THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD Spring Semester 2019-2020

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 0440 33 E1 01ST0440-33 EXTENDED SESSION-RESIDEN Spring Semester 2019-2020

EXTENDED SESSION 1 FOR ST0440-33 - RESIDENTIAL

ST 0440 33 E2 50ST0440-33 EXTENDED SESS 2 - ONLINE Spring Semester 2019-2020

EXTENDED SESSION 2 FOR ST0440-33 - ONLINE

ST 2472 50DISCIPLESHIP AND ETHICS OF JESUS Spring Semester 2019-2020

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. Pre-requisite: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically

SG 0401 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 2019-2020

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 0440 50THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD-ONLINEFall Semester 2019-2020

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 0440 01THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD Summer Term 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. SUMMER 2019: PRE WORK BEGINS MAY 28, 2019; COURSE MEETS AFTERNOONS JUNE 10-14, 2019; COURSE CONTINUES ONLINE (WORK) JUNE 30-JULY 27, 2019. Prerequisite: SG 0401 Thinking Theologically Confessing Publicly Equivalency: ST0415 or ST0425 or ST0435 ST Core Course

CD 1633 01GOD EVIL AND SUFFERING Spring Semester 2018-2019

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 1466 50CREATION ECOLOGY AND CHR ETHICS Spring Semester 2018-2019

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-requisite: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically

ST 6466 50ECOTHEOLOGY AND ETHICS-ONLINE Spring Semester 2018-2019

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-requisite: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically

SG 0401 50THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Fall Semester 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.

ST 0440 01THE TRIUNE GOD AND THE WORLD Summer Term 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

SG 0401 01THINKING THEOLOGICALLY- CONFESSING Spring 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 2476 01THE DEMONIC - THEOLOGY AND MINISTRYSpring Semester 2017-2018

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 1466 50CREATION ECOLOGY AND CHR ETHICS Fall Semester 2017-2018

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-requisite: SG0401 - Thinking Theologically

ST 2472 01DISCIPLESHIP AND ETHICS OF JESUS Fall Semester 2017-2018

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. PREREQUISITE: SG0401 - Thinking Theolgoically

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