Lee To Offer MABTS Ethics Track

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Lee University School of Religion is now offering a third track in its graduate offerings in biblical and theological studies. Students can now pursue the Master of Arts in Theological Studies with an emphasis in Theological Ethics, a new concentration distinct from the existing MA in Biblical Studies and MA in Theological Studies. 

Although the study of theological ethics may begin with high philosophical reasoning, a practical application of ethics can be found in daily living through issues of truth-telling, contracts and agreements, peace-making, sexual practice, and our treatment of children and aging adults. The understanding and practice of ethics minimizes risks in all areas of life and is not only historically significant but relevant for today, officials said.

Lee University’s new ethics emphasis is unique within institutions of higher education in the United States and has its genesis in faculty observation of culture and students. Post-baccalaureate study of ethics from a Christian worldview will undeniably impact global and local culture as ethical decision-making enters every realm of human existence, officials said.

“While core theological and biblical training will be required for all students in the new emphasis, students will be allowed to work with faculty to follow their own academic interests as they become ‘masters’ in their fields of study as related to ethical issues in economics, technology, business, religion, the sciences, politics, family and society, or in whatever other disciplines the students' interests lie,” says Dr. Skip Jenkins, director of graduate programs in biblical and theological studies. 

Among the courses offered in this cross-disciplinary track are Philosophical Ethics, Ethics of Old Testament Prophets, Pauline Theology and Ethics, Theology of Economics & Globalization, Political Theology, Theological Ethics of Social Transformation, and The Ethics of War & Peace.

The Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies programs have two variations: a 48- or 36-hour program. The 36-hour program is for applicants whose undergraduate degrees are in the related areas of religious, biblical, theological or pastoral studies. The 48-hour program admits students whose undergraduate work is in an area other than religious, biblical, theological or pastoral studies. 

For more information about the MABTS or the Theological Ethics emphasis, please visit http://catalog.leeuniversity.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=6&poid=1610, email jtyson@leeuniversity.edu or call 303-5104.


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