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Center for Advanced Theological Studies

Center for Advanced Theological Studies

CATS seeks to prepare women and men for contributing to the global church in a variety of leadership roles, especially as educators, researchers, and other teachers and agents of the church and its mission. CATS programs promote graduate work at advanced levels of scholarship, research, and reflection. This takes place in a diverse community of scholars committed to such study within the context of an ecclesially informed evangelical faith aimed at serving the varied and worldwide body of Christ.

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Concentrations and Faculty

Introductions to the New Testament

Fuller faculty introduce each book of the New Testament in this comprehensive video series.

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New Testament

The concentration in New Testament at Fuller Seminary prepares graduates with a comprehensive knowledge of the literature, history, and theology of the New Testament; with the linguistic skills appropriate for academic study of the New Testament; and with the necessary capacities for pursuing their own research agendas in the service of theological understanding in the service of the global church.

Students will take the following courses during Stage One of their program:

  • Research Methods in New Testament Study
  • The New Testament in Its Ancient Contexts
  • Critical Issues in the Study of Paul
  • Critical Issues in the Study of the Gospel of Matthew, Luke-Acts, or the Gospel of John
  • Theological Hermeneutics

Additional coursework is required in specialized areas of New Testament study or toward a minor concentration. Students will complete prerequisite Greek and Hebrew before entering the program, and two additional languages before comprehensive exams—one of which must be modern, the second of which may be ancient or modern.

Primary Faculty

G. Tommy Givens

Joel B. Green

Marianne Meye Thompson

Introductions to the Old Testament

Fuller faculty introduce each book of the Old Testament in this comprehensive video series.

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Old Testament

The concentration in Old Testament at Fuller Seminary prepares graduates with a comprehensive knowledge of the literature, history, and theology of the Old Testament; with advanced skill in Hebrew and cognate languages; and with the necessary capacities for pursuing their own research agendas in the service of theological understanding in the service of the global church.

Students will take six courses, as well as six 2-unit courses in ancient languages, in Stage One of their program. Courses offered for Old Testament students include the following:

  • History and Historiography in the Old Testament
  • Old Testament Critical Methods
  • Israelite Religion in Its Ancient Near Eastern Environment
  • Old Testament Ethics
  • Human Rights and the Old Testament
  • Restoration: Theology, Culture, and Politics in Postexilic Judah

Primary Faculty

Leslie C. Allen

Carly L. Crouch

Christopher Hays

Kyong-Jin Lee

Theology and Technology

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Theological Studies

Students in the Theological Studies Concentration have the opportunity to participate in integrative, interdisciplinary coursework while specializing in a particular area of theological study. Theological Studies encompasses a range of theological disciplines, including Christian ethics, historical theology/church history, liturgical theology, practical theology, political theology, public theology, systematic theology, and theology and culture. The theological studies concentration prepares graduates with a comprehensive knowledge of theological studies, broadly defined, adequate to teach across the theological curriculum at the undergraduate level; and research skills appropriate to an area of theological exploration, sufficient to engage in original research and writing that advances theological understanding in the service of the global church.

The following are courses are required for students in the Theological Studies Concentration:

  • Methods
  • Global Histories and Christian Doctrines
  • Global Contexts and Public Spheres
  • Glocalization and Religiocultural Pluralism
  • Theological Hermeneutics

Students with a focus on practical theology are also required to take

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Language requirements depend on the area of research focus. Students interested in Christian ethics, practical theology, or theological and culture are required to complete one of the biblical languages as a prerequisite. All other theological studies students should have completed both biblical languages prior to admission. Additionally, Christian ethics students will demonstrate competence in two modern research languages; church history/historical theology students in three additional research languages—one ancient (typically Latin), the other modern (typically German and French); practical theology students in two additional research languages, one of which is qualitative and quantitative research methods; systematic theology students in Latin and two modern languages (German, French, or Spanish); and theology and culture students in one additional, modern language.

Primary Faculty

Scott Cormode

Oscar García-Johnson

Todd E. Johnson

Matthew Kaemingk

Research Interests

Faculty are interested in supervising PhD-level research in the following areas:

Leslie Allen

  • Old Testament Prophets
  • Old Testament Writings

Steve Argue

  • Adolescence
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Parachurch Ministry
  • Young People and the Church
  • Faith Formation of Young People (Faith, Doubt, Spiritual Struggle)
  • Congregational Approaches to Advocating for Youth
  • Families, Parenting
  • Teaching and Learning (Pedagogy, Andragogy, Transformative Learning)

Mark Lau Branson

  • Missional Ecclesiology and Praxis
  • Congregational Transformation and Leadership
  • Learning Communities
  • Ecclesiology and Cultures/Ethnicities
  • Congregations Engaging Contexts

Kutter Callaway

  • Theology and Popular Culture
  • Theology and Technology
  • Theology in Post-Secular Societies
  • Psychologically Informed Approaches to Theology

Grayson Carter

  • Modern Church History
  • History of Evangelicalism
  • Anglicanism
  • C. S. Lewis

Scott Cormode

  • Christian Leadership
  • Organizational Change
  • Practical Theology
  • Faith and Finances
  • Spiritual Formation of Leaders
  • Faith, Work, and Economics
  • Christian Practices

Carly L. Crouch

  • Old Testament Ethics and Theology
  • Social-Scientific Approaches to the Bible
  • The Bible’s Ancient Context

Oscar García-Johnson

  • Systematic Theology
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Decolonialism

G. Tommy Givens

  • Paul's Letters
  • Gospel of Matthew
  • Christian Ethics

Joel B. Green

  • Luke-Acts
  • Scripture, Theology, and Ethics
  • Theological Interpretation of Scripture
  • Catholic Letters

Christopher B. Hays

  • Old Testament Prophets
  • Ancient Near Eastern Context
  • Literary Approaches to Scripture

Todd E. Johnson

  • Christian Worship: History and Theology
  • Sacraments and Pastoral Rites: History and Theology
  • Christian Spirituality: History and Theology
  • Ritual and Performance Studies
  • Theology and Art: Popular Music, Theatre, Architecture, and Schools of Thought in the Past Century

Matthew Kaemingk

  • Public Theology
  • Political Theology
  • Immigration Ethics
  • Economic Ethics
  • Marketplace Theology
  • Faith and Work
  • Reformed Ethics

Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

  • Systematic (Doctrinal) Theology and Constructive Theology
  • Comparative Theology
  • Science-Theology Dialogue

Sebastian Chang Hwan Kim

  • Public theology
  • Korean Christianity
  • Indian Christianity (Theology)
  • World Christianity
  • Asian Theologies
  • Theology and Peacebuilding
  • Theology, Politics, and Society

Hak Joon Lee

  • Christian Theological Ethics
  • Globalization
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Asian American Ethics
  • Community Organizing

Kyong-Jin Lee

  • Social-Scientific Approaches to the Bible
  • Second Temple Judaism
  • Nature of Torah in the Persian Period
  • Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
  • Political Economy in the Old Testament
  • Political Philosophy of the Old Testament

Kara E. Powell

  • Youth Ministry
  • Family Ministry
  • Young Adult Ministry

David Taylor

  • Liturgical Theology
  • Theological Aesthetics
  • Liturgical/Worship Arts
  • Theological Anthropology

Amos Yong

  • Intercultural Theology
  • Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
  • Theology and Disability
  • Pentecostalism and Pentecostal Theology
  • Theology of Religions
  • Theological Education
Joel Short

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