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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

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

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 4430 01 F6THE THEOLOGY OF JOHN WESLEY Spring Semester 2016-2017

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 SPRING 2016-2017: MEETS WITH CD1624.

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

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