Course Descriptions

1. Church Canons (2 courses)
  This course presents an introduction to the Church Canons. These comprise the Apostolic Canons, Ecumenical Canons, Regional Canons and Canons of individual Fathers. This course focuses on the office and duties of a Christian bishop, the qualifications and conduct of the clergy, the religious life of the Christian flock (abstinence, fasting), its external administration (excommunication, synods, relations with pagans and Jews), the sacraments (Baptism, Eucharist, Marriage); and in a word, the statutory legislation of the Church.
2. Church History (2 courses)
  This course introduces the political, religious and cultural environment in which Christianity was established. It deals with the way in which Christianity faced these adverse situations and the history of its victories over them. The course also presents the severe theological conflict that the church and its leaders encountered from the end of the third century to the middle of the fifth century. It will also touch upon the Arab conquest of Egypt, Napoleon's invasion, the British occupation and finally the renaissance in the Coptic Church since 1959.
3. Comparative Theology (2 courses)
  This course presents the position of the Coptic Orthodox Church regarding the beliefs and doctrines of the Protestant and Catholic Churches, using Biblical, theological and historical arguments. Issues addressed include such topics as priesthood, infant baptism, purgatory, procession of the Holy Spirit, supremacy and infallibility of the Catholic pope, repentance, confession and intercession of saints. This course also shed the light on the theological views of various popular sects, cults, and religious movements today such as Jehovah's Witness, the Mormon, the Christian Science, etc.
4. Coptic Language & Hymns (1 course)
  This course covers the basic Coptic grammar and a wide range of Coptic vocabulary. In addition, the study will include general knowledge about all Coptic hymns, reading and learning different parts of the Holy Psalmody Book. The students should  be able to read and understand a wide range of Coptic vocabulary used colloquially. This course will also teach the difference between church tunes (annual, seasonal, joyful, and sorrowful) and the chanting of some church hymns.
5. Dogmatic Theology (2 courses)
  This course discusses the fundamentals of Christian Doctrine. In particular, Orthodox theological thought in respect of the divinity of the Lord Jesus Christ and the divinity of the Holy Spirit, followed by a study of the Church, its theological concept and its authority, as well as a study of eternity i.e. the after-death (eschatology); sources of religion; tradition and the Holy Bible; the visible and invisible creatures and many other introductory topics that form the basis of theological science.
6. Leadership and Management (1 course)
  This course is designed to answer questions in regard to the definition of what is leadership and how it differs from management. How to set goals, make plans and decisions, and motivate those working with the leader are also among the critical skills that any efficient leader should be aware of. Though management and administration are universal principles, the course focus will be from the perspective of a church environment.

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