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Glossary

Glossary

Christian Education is moral, spiritual, and academic instruction of believers grounded in Biblical studies, Christian Theology and Ethics. Christian education began to be formalized in the fourth century A.D. with the spread of Christianity throughout Roman Empire. Traditional subjects of Greco-Roman curriculum, such as Literature, Rhetoric, and Dialectic, were adopted as an aid and preparatory disciplines to the study of Theology. The Trivium (Grammar, Rhetoric, Logic) and Quadrivium (Arithmetic, Geometry, Music, Astronomy) comprised the classic Seven Liberal Arts. Church Fathers, such as St. Augustine and Cassiodorus, explained the necessity of the study of liberal arts as a preparation for Sacred studies. “Wisdom hath built herself a house, she hath hewn her out seven pillars” (Proverbs 9, 1). The Seven Liberal Arts of Trivium and Quadrivium, in their modern form, are the cornerstone and the beginning of further Theological studies.

Christian Theology is fides quaerens intellectum — “faith seeking understanding”. Theology studies and proclaims the Word of God as written in Old and New Testaments and works of Church Fathers, explaining the teaching of the Church, its heritage, proper life of the faithful, the sacred mysteries, and rites. We study the all-encompassing Christian Doctrine to prepare for the life of faithful, loyal, and authentic teachers of the Gospel. A true student of Theology should demonstrate the ability to teach the authentic Christian tradition and give evidence of the knowledge and culture one would expect of a well-educated Christian.

Church Administration is a ministry centered on people. Good administration is persuading others to work together for common goals. Church administrators are, first of all, the ministers to believers and efficient managers for the benefit of all Church members. Such position of great responsibility requires faith, integrity, genuine devotion, and administrative skills. “And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues” (1 Corinthians 12:28). The knowledge of Christian traditions, rites, and Theology, as well as the administrative skills and abilities, are indispensable for a leader of Christian Church.

Church Leadership is the leadership of the faithful in the spirit of servant love as embodied in the Incarnation of Christ Jesus. “And he is the head of the body, the church” (Colossians 1:18). Leaders have the ultimate responsibility to lead only as servants of Christ, as the one who has all power and authority. The mission of servant leaders is to love and serve those they lead by helping them identify and use their abilities for the benefit of the body, the Church.

Doctoral Dissertation is a research project or comprehensive analysis of a topic. The structure of the dissertation explains the purpose of research/study, the existing literature/publications relevant to the topic of the dissertation, the methods used in the research/study, and the findings of the project. Doctoral dissertation is a prerequisite for Doctoral degree. Dissertation is an original, substantial, formal document that argues in defense of a particular thesis. All work must be original or properly sited in Reference/Bibliography. The main parts of the Dissertation are Title, Abstract/Synopsis, Preface, Introduction, Statement of the Problem, Hypothesis, Literature Review, Methodology, Results, Conclusion, Bibliography, Appendices, Index.

Master Thesis is a research project whose purpose is to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and expertise in the chosen research area. The main parts of Master Thesis are Abstract/Synopsis, Table of Contents, Introduction: area of research/study and relevant previous findings in this area, Statement of Research Problem, Objective of the Thesis, Survey of the literature relevant to research thesis, Methodology of Research/study, Research Results, Conclusion, Bibliography, Appendices, Index.

Medieval Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field of research into all societal aspects of the Middle Ages (i.e., Economic, Political, Military, Cultural, Ecclesiastical, Intellectual, and Church history of Medieval Europe). The Middle Ages is a period in the traditional periodization of European history into Antiquity (Greco-Roman world, V cent. BC to V cent. AD), Medieval period (V–XV cent.), and Modern period (XVI–XX cent.) The Medieval period is subdivided into Early (V– X cent.), High (XI – XIII cent.), and Late Middle Ages (XIV – XV cent.).

Pastoral Counseling is a form of therapy that an appropriately trained Christian minister or priest provides to religious or lay persons. This therapy, which is spiritual and psychological in essence, also involves religious and theological teaching components. An appropriate Master degree is considered to be a prerequisite for the professional provision of such services. “Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eager to serve” (1 Peter 5:2).

Research Degree is a graduate degree (Master or Doctor) awarded for the successful completion of an independent research and writing of an appropriate scholarly Master Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation.

Philosophical fields

Metaphysics is a traditional branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world.
Ethics is systematization and defense of the moral values of right and wrong conduct.
Philosophical Theology is a form of theology in which philosophical methods of inquiry are used in developing and analyzing theological concepts.
History of Philosophy is the study and critique of the development of philosophical ideas and concepts through time.
Epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope of knowledge, its acquisition and classification.
Logic is the study of proper reasoning.
Philosophy of Mathematics is the study of philosophical assumptions, mathematical foundations, and implications of mathematics.
Philosophy of Science is the study and critique of ideas, methods, and implications of scientific concepts.
Linguistics is the formal study of language including language form, use, and its syntactic and semantic structure.

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