Master of Arts

in Theological Studies

Christianity in the context of Haitian culture characterized by afro-Caribbean animism faces particular social, psychological, and political issues. Leaders in the Haitian context who have a firm grasp on how worldview, anthropology and sociology impact theology will be effectively equipped to navigate the particular challenges facing the development of the church in 21st century Haiti.

The primary goal of the MA in Theological Studies degree program optimizes effectiveness of leadership in ecclesial settings in Haiti through a critical contextualization of Trinitarian-based Christian theology for afro-Caribbean culture and worldview. Axiomatic questions guiding the MATS include:

  • What is Christian theology in the Haitian context?
  • What are the primary factors that make Christian theology and worldview in the Haitian context unique?
  • How does worldview shape hermeneutics?
  • What does it mean to have a uniquely Christian theology that is thoroughly and uncompromising biblical, Trinitarian, all within the Haitian context?
  • How is Christian theology best contextualized for all aspects of Haitian culture for the sake of optimally effective evangelism, disciple-making, and cultural impact?

Program Outcomes

Students who complete the MATS degree program will be able to:

  • Understand and articulate the uniqueness of Trinitarian-grounded theology in the Haitian context.
  • Understand the philosophical and historical underpinnings of afro-Caribbean worldview that influence Haitian worldview.
  • Understand how worldview and theology relate to each another and how this relationship impacts Haitian society’s engagement with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  • Understand how transformational ministry in intimate connection with in the life of the Triune God can mitigate particular difficulties and issues in the Haitian Afro-Caribbean context.

Courses (45 credit hours)

  • Methods of Graduate Studies, Research, and Writing (3)
  • Worldview and Theology (3)
  • Introduction to Contextual Theology (3)
  • Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Animism: A History of Christianity in Haiti (3)
  • Philosophical Foundations of Christian Theology (3)
  • Christian Systematic Theology in the Cultural Context I (3)
  • Christian Systematic Theology in the Cultural Context II (3)
  • Hermeneutics in Context (3)
  • Christian Theology and the Afro-Caribbean Worldview (3)
  • Contextual Apologetics (3)
  • Theology of Haitian Voodoo, the Cult of Loas, and Animism (3)
  • Contextual Preaching (3)
  • Evangelism, Discipleship, and Syncretism in Haiti (3)
  • Thesis (6)

Be Firmly Rooted in the Word. Dig Deeper.

Course Descriptions

Methods of Research and Writing* (3).

Introduction to Contextual Theology: Theory and Practice (3). This course orients students to the enterprise of doing Christian theology contextualized by particular aspects of culture and the interfacing of the secular sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology) and theology.

Hermeneutics in Context (3). This course explores how cultural context shapes the hermeneutical process. As such, it describes, analyses, and evaluates how the character traits of Afro-Caribbean culture shape the worldview underpinnings of the interpreter of the Bible while the interpreter remains faithful to the biblical-historic orthodoxy the Church. The primary goal of the course is to help strengthen and sharpen the interpretive skills of the interpreter for the Haitian context.

Christian Systematic Theology in the Haitian Context I (3). This course examines the doctrines of the Triune God and Humanity in the Afro-Caribbean context. Topics treated in inextricable relation to the doctrine of the Triune God include the existence of God as Trinity, the knowability and character of the triune God, the character of God, the Trinity, creation, providence, miracles, prayer, angels and demons. Topics treated in the course related to the doctrine of humanity include the creation of humanity, humanity as male and female, the essential nature of humanity, and sin.

Christian Systematic Theology in the Haitian Context II (3). This course examines the doctrines of Christ, the Holy Spirit, Redemption, the Church, and the Future, all in inextricable relation to the Triune God.

Worldview and Theology: Exploring a Critical Interfacing (3). This course explores how worldview and theology relate to one another.

Philosophical Foundations of Christian Theology: The West and the East in Reconciliation (3). This course is a comparative analysis of philosophical foundations for theology in the Western with non-Western cultures and worldviews.

Philosophical Foundations of Christian Theology: Afro-Caribbean Theology (3). This course examines and evaluates the philosophical foundations for afro-Caribbean worldview as it relates to theology and the nature of its interfacing with the philosophical foundations of orthodox Christian theology.

Theology of Haitian Voodoo, the Cult of Loas, and Animism (3). This course offers a critical analysis of Haitian voodoo as a worldview and religion from a the unique truth of Christian theism Christian perspective. Particular emphasis is lent on a given to contrast between voodoo ethics and Christian ethics and their impacts on the shape and overall well-being of society.

Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Animism: A History of Christianity in Haiti (3). This course is a survey of Christianity in Haiti with particular emphasis on the reason and shape of syncretism.

Evangelism, Discipleship, and Syncretism in Haiti (3). This course answers the question, “What are the best practices of evangelism and discipleship in Haiti?” This question is answered in light of the Haitian cultural context of animism, voodoo, and syncretism as underpinnings of the Haitian worldview.

Contextual Apologetics (3). This course examines the defence of Christian doctrines within the Haitian context through systematic argumentation and discussion. Contextual Preaching (3).

Ethical Challenges of Leadership* (3)

Capstone Project (6)