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Barbara Sain

Associate Professor
Degree
Ph.D. Catholic University of America
Office
JRC 149
Phone
(651) 962-5327
Toll Free
(800) 328-6819, Ext. 2-5327
Fax
651-962-5310
Mail
Mail #JRC 109, University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105


Education

B.A.     1992    University of Notre Dame
M.A.    1996    The Catholic University of America
Ph.D.    2005    The Catholic University of America


Sample Theology courses

101    Christian Theological Tradition
200    Christian Belief: Ancient and Contemporary
380    Grace, Hope and Eschatology
397    Christian Faith and the Engineering Profession


Research Interests


The theology of Hans Urs von Balthasar
Theories of truth and knowledge
Theology and engineering


Publications

"Expression in the Theo-Logic: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Manifestation of Divine Truth in the World," Philosophy & Theology 

Barbara Sain and Camille George, "Education for Human Development:  Evaluating a Senior Design Project in Mali Through the Lens of Christian Theology." (forthcoming)

Barbara Sain and Michael Sain, "A Course in Integration: Faith, Engineering, and Feedback." (forthcoming)


Presentations at conferences

Catholic Theological Society of America, June, 2006 
"Expression in the Theo-Logic: Hans Urs von Balthasar on the Manifestation of Divine Truth in the World"

Role of Engineering at Catholic Universities, September, 2005
Paper presented with Dr. Camille George: "Education for Human Development: Evaluating a Senior Design Project in Mali Through the Lens of Christian Theology"
Paper presented with Dr. Michael Sain: "A Course in Integration: Faith, Engineering, and Feedback"

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 200 - L01 Christian Belief: Ancient/Cont - T - - - - - 1730 - 2115 MHC 209

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1730 - 2115

Location:

MHC 209

Course Registration Number:

21019 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Barbara K. Sain

This course introduces systematic theology, a discipline that tries to understand how Christian doctrines are interrelated with each other and with other beliefs about the world. It explores both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the most significant doctrines in Catholic and Protestant traditions, emphasizing the relationship of scripture, tradition, experience, and reason as sources for Christian theology. The course is structured on the classical "system" of the Nicene Creed, and will focus on the ongoing formation of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Spirit, creation, sin, salvation, and Church. Special emphasis will be given to the role of grace in history and human experience. Prerequisite: THEO 101

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 200 - L02 Christian Belief: Ancient/Cont M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 JRC 247

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

JRC 247

Course Registration Number:

23273 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Barbara K. Sain

This course introduces systematic theology, a discipline that tries to understand how Christian doctrines are interrelated with each other and with other beliefs about the world. It explores both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the most significant doctrines in Catholic and Protestant traditions, emphasizing the relationship of scripture, tradition, experience, and reason as sources for Christian theology. The course is structured on the classical "system" of the Nicene Creed, and will focus on the ongoing formation of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Spirit, creation, sin, salvation, and Church. Special emphasis will be given to the role of grace in history and human experience. Prerequisite: THEO 101

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 489 - L01 Theology and Technology M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MHC 201

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

MHC 201

Course Registration Number:

22772 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Barbara K. Sain

Does technology bring us closer to the natural world or make it harder to experience it? Does it help or hinder our relationships with other people and with God? This course examines how technology shapes our identities and our relationships with nature, other people, and the transcendent. We’ll look at historical examples, such as the impact of electric lights, and current technologies, like virtual reality and prosthetic enhancements of the body. The course readings will include a range of voices from Christian theology, from ancient to modern times, that offer insight on sharing a meaningful human life with others and discerning the presence of the divine in work, leisure, silence, and the natural world.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THEO 100 - 06 Foundations of Christianity - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 JRC 481

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

JRC 481

Course Registration Number:

46814 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Barbara K. Sain

This section is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 100 - L09 Foundations: Faith & ENGR - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 SCB 206

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

SCB 206

Course Registration Number:

46829 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Barbara K. Sain

This section is designed to acquaint students with the contents of the Bible and with Christian history, especially in the context of the Catholic tradition. Through careful reading of a core of common texts and a variety of written assignments, students are expected to attain a basic understanding of human experience in the light of major areas of theology, including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. Note: Students who take THEO 101 during academic year 2019-2020 and who choose to opt into the new curriculum will be allowed to count THEO 101 as the first course in theology in the new core curriculum.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 224 - 01 Bridges: Theology & Technology M - - - - - - 1730 - 2115 MHC 204

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1730 - 2115

Location:

MHC 204

Course Registration Number:

46892 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Barbara K. Sain

This section introduces systematic theology, a discipline that tries to understand how Christian doctrines are interrelated with each other and with other beliefs about the world. It explores both traditional and contemporary interpretations of the most significant doctrines in Catholic and Protestant traditions, emphasizing the relationship of scripture, tradition, experience, and reason as sources for Christian theology. The course is structured on the classical "system" of the Nicene Creed, and will focus on the ongoing formation of the doctrines of God, Christ, the Spirit, creation, sin, salvation, and Church. Special emphasis will be given to the role of grace in history and human experience. This class is restricted to students in the new core.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
THEO 489 - 01 Theology and Technology M - - - - - - 1730 - 2115 MHC 204

Days of Week:

M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1730 - 2115

Location:

MHC 204

Course Registration Number:

46921 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Barbara K. Sain

This section examines how technology shapes our identities and our relationships with nature, other people, and the transcendent. Does technology bring us closer to the natural world or make it harder to experience it? Does it help or hinder our relationships with other people and with God? We’ll look at historical examples, such as the impact of electric lights, and current technologies, like virtual reality and prosthetic enhancements of the body. The course readings will include a range of voices from Christian theology, from ancient to modern times, that offer insight on sharing a meaningful human life with others and discerning the presence of the divine in work, leisure, silence, and the natural world.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)