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Spring 2023

6336 The Law and Theology - BUCKLES- 23963

Professor(s): Johnny Buckles (FACULTY)

Credits: 3

Course Areas: Law And Society/ Interdisciplinary 

Time: 2:30p-4:00p  TTH  Location: 102B 

Course Outline: The goals of this course are (i) to introduce students to selected topics in the study of theology that conceptually parallel specific subjects in law and legal philosophy; (ii) to expand students’ understanding of how theological thought can inform legal inquiry, and how legal thought can inform theological inquiry; and (iii) to increase students’ awareness and enhance students’ comprehension of the variety of historical and contemporary approaches to resolving problems that have arisen in theological and legal thought.

Course Syllabus: Syllabus

Course Notes: (Face-to-Face)   The UH registration system instruction mode for this course is listed in parenthesis. After student registration opens, there may be instruction mode changes to this course up through two weeks before the first day of classes for the term, but notice of such changes will be sent to then-registered students. For this instruction mode, instructors and students are expected to normally be physically present in the classroom. If the course has a final examination, it will be in a classroom requiring your physical presence. Other assessment, such as a mid-term exam, may also be in a classroom. Whether this instructor will offer “remote presence” (starting a zoom meeting from the podium computer to enable student remote access on an occasional basis) for part or all of the semester is not known, but students should not rely on an expectation that remote presence will be available.


First Day Assignments: Please read McGrath (the assigned book) at pages 83-103 and the Oxford Dictionary entry, the Cohen essay, and the Markham entry (from the supplemental materials appearing on my UHLC faculty web page) for Tuesday, January 17. Please read the George and Alschuler articles (from the supplemental materials) for Thursday, January 19. (In the supplemental materials appearing on my faculty web page, simply disregard the assignment pages from Fall 2020. I will be substituting the assignment pages for this semester for the assignment pages for that semester periodically.)

Final Exam Schedule: 05/02 2-5pm  311    

This course will have:

Satisfies Senior Upper Level Writing Requirement: No

Experiential Course Type: No

Bar Course: No

DistanceEd ABA: No

Pass-Fail Student Election: Available

Course Materials

Book(s) Required

Course Materials: Alister E. McGrath, Christian Theology: An Introduction (6th ed. 2017)

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