This course examines the complex phenomenon of the cross in Christian theological language, particularly around issues of salvation, justice, and discipleship. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will construct a theological proposal that answers: Is the Cross Redeemable? That is, does one need the cross for a succinct and sufficient theological language? Is it possible to speak Christian without the cross? The tension in the readings and lectures will walk the precarious line of answering these difficult questions.
Instructor: Dr. Stephan Quarles holds a PhD in Systematic and Philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Ca. He specializes in the intersections of 20th century philosophy with systematic theology, particularly the cross and apophatic theology. Stephan is a staff Chaplain at a Level One Trauma Center where he works on the Trauma/Surgical ICU and Palliative Cancer Clinic. He lives in Central Illinois with his wife and child.