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David Livingstone Institute

David Livingstone Institute for Christianity, Medicine and the Sciences

Erskine Theological Seminary (ETS) through its “David Livingstone Institute for Christianity, Medicine, and the Sciences” now offers three (3) Graduate Certificate programs.

These certificate program are open to any and all medical and scientific professionals and includes any:

–          Public and private school educators
–          College faculty
–          Engineers of all types
–          Scientific researchers
–          Ordained ministers and interested church lay leaders
–          Nurses, physician assistants, physicians, allied health professionals
–          Graduate students in a variety of areas

Students may also attend the lecture portions of these courses as auditors and may receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for attending the lectures. Those who choose to take these courses for Graduate (Master’s level) credit will attend lectures and do the required readings and research as stipulated in the various course syllabi.

Three Graduate Certificates are available:

There are four (4) graduate courses in each certificate, each providing three (3) semester hours of credit. These Graduate Certificates may be rolled into a Master of Arts in Theological Studies (M.A.T.S.) degree (48 semester hours required) and the degree may be taken at any of Erskine’s locations, or entirely online.

Normally, tuition is $480.00 per credit hour. Students who enroll in one of the Graduate Certificates may take a course for the reduced price of $800.00 per course. Auditors, or students desiring to receive CEUs, may attend at the catalog rate of $225.00. Students who take two courses in a term are eligible for financial aid. Over a two-year period all courses will be available in residential (Greenville Extension Site) and online (Erskine Virtual Campus) modalities.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW (TRACK A)

PM 502 Christian Vocation and Transformation

This course introduces students to God’s great purpose for the world and our calling to serve that purpose in discipleship for the church, family, and community. Emphasis is placed upon growing in the grace of God and discerning one’s gifts and calling within the service of God. Three credit hours.

ST 780 Apologetics and World Religions

Students will identify commonly encountered classical, modern, and postmodern challenges to the Christian faith, including secularism and the New Atheism; evaluate the classical and contemporary efforts to defend the Christian faith against these challenges; and develop strategies for setting forth Christianity’s truth claims in a world that is increasingly diverse and religiously pluralistic. Three credit hours.

ET 711 Christian Ethics (or, other Ethics elective)

This course examines the nature and principles of Christian ethics and the application of these principles to current social issues. Emphasis is given to the study of Biblical morality. Three credit hours.

HT 560 Reformed Spirituality

This course examines the Biblical foundations, history, and theology of Reformed spirituality (also called the doctrine of the Christian life, or sanctification). Students read spiritual classics such as Calvin’s Golden Booklet of the Christian Life, Richard Baxter’s Reformed Pastor, the Heidelberg Catechism, and others. Students also consider contributions from other Christian traditions such as the holiness movement and the charismatic renewal, as well as from the history of Christian thinking about the contemplative life.

Three credit hours.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN APOLOGETICS (TRACK B)

ST 780 Apologetics and World Religions

Students will identify commonly encountered classical, modern, and postmodern challenges to the Christian faith, including secularism and the New Atheism; evaluate the classical and contemporary efforts to defend the Christian faith against these challenges; and develop strategies for setting forth Christianity’s truth claims in a world that is increasingly diverse and religiously pluralistic. Three credit hours.

ST 785 Evidences

Students seek to develop a Biblical world and life view in contrast to that underlying unbelieving thought and culture. This course surveys many of the critical challenges that have been advanced against the Christian faith. Biblical, historical, archaeological, and scientific evidences are used to answer the critics and demonstrate the reliability and accuracy of Scripture. Three credit hours.

ST 790 Advanced Apologetics

This course builds on the student’s introductory study of Apologetics through targeted readings and research. Students will identify a significant historical or contemporary Christian Apologist and investigate in-depth the Apologist’s methodology, theological framework, and significant contributions to the Apologetics enterprise. Students will make use of their findings to construct a critical response to some significant contemporary challenge to the Christian faith from among the following: contemporary cults, non-Christian religions, the New Atheism, secularism, or scientism. Three credit hours.

HT 712 Christian Faith and Modern Science

This course focuses on the interaction between scientific development and Christian thought from the time of Copernicus to the present. Special attention is given to the ways developments in various scientific disciplines have affected philosophical thought, the perception of Biblical authority, the practice of Biblical interpretation, as well as the structure and content of Christian theology. Three credit hours.

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ETHICS (TRACK C)

ET 711 Christian Ethics

This course examines the nature and principles of Christian ethics and the application of these principles to current social issues. Emphasis is given to the study of Biblical morality. Three credit hours.

ET 720 Church and World

This course examines the currently shifting interplay between Church and World, reflecting a magnetic attraction and repulsion between poles, sometimes both at the same time. Noteworthy focal points include traditional orthodoxy (the orders of creation), the eschatological rejection of this world, H. Richard Niebuhr’s categories of Christ and culture, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s vision of “Christ at the center.” Three credit hours.

ET 750 Medical Ethics

This course gives an introduction to approaches to medical ethics, reviews the history of medical ethics, and examines the contemporary medical ethical issues from pre-birth to the end of life, the financial issues of bioethics, and systems of delivering medical care. Emphasis is on the personhood of the patient in terms of the image of God and the derived sacredness of human life. This course places particular focus on current issues such as the Human Genome Project, reproductive issues, and physician-assisted killing. Three credit hours.

ET 755 Bioethics

This course examines the nature and principles of ethics with an emphasis on Christian norms and applies these principles to current issues in biology and genetics. Three credit hours.

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