School of Divinity announces courses and continuing education opportunities for summer 2016

by C. Mark Batten, Office of Communications

Wake Forest University School of Divinity will offer several opportunities for theological study this summer. The course offerings and travel opportunities will be of interest to students who need to complete requirements for ordination or fulfill courses for a degree program and those who are interested in diverse topics of study, including ministers and lay leaders. The 2016 summer session unfolds over two terms. Session One begins May 24 and concludes June 30. Session Two begins July 6 and concludes August 11.

Courses and travel opportunities include:

  • Salvation and Evolution: The Scopes Trial, 1925 & Beyond (Session I intensive weekend, June 3-4 and June 11 only; 1.5 credit hours) – taught by Dr. Bill Leonard, Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies and Professor of Church History, this course will explore continued debates over the nature of science and religion, public education, fundamentalism and liberalism, and modernity in early 20th century America.
  • Myth and Scripture: Angels and Demons (Session II evening course; 3 credit hours) – taught by Dr. Neal Walls, Associate Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, this course will explore angelic and demonic figures in the Bible and the history of interpretation in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions. Contemporary fiction will also be investigated.
  • Summer Seminar in Food, Faith, and Ecological Well Being (Session II, June 6-10 only; 3 credit hours) – led by Fred Bahnson, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Ecological Well-Being, this course will combine a vibrant mix of biblical scholarship, regenerative agriculture, social justice, and contemporary spirituality. These resources will help explore the question: what wisdom does the Christian faith offer about challenges related to ecological degradation, social inequity, and food insecurity, and how might faith leaders lead boldly in the face of these challenges? This five-day course will meet in the western North Carolina mountains on the campus of Warren Wilson College.
  • Travel Opportunities include Washington, D.C. (June 12-19; deadline to apply is April 15) to explore different forms of Christian public witness in American public and political life. The trip includes a course fee (travel and associated costs). Update on March 18, 2016: The travel opportunity to Turkey has been cancelled due to overseas security and travel concerns.

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Those who are not currently enrolled in the School of Divinity will need to complete an abbreviated application for admission and meet the listed admission requirements. Applications will need to be submitted no later than May 13, 2016, unless otherwise noted.

A reduced tuition rate is available for summer courses at $375 per credit hour. For more information on summer school at the School of Divinity, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at 336.758.3748 or

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