Academic Departments

Courses in Systematic and Historical Theology

  • HT101 The Church to the Modern Era
    A study of Christianity from the second century to the rise of the Enlightenment with special emphasis on the institutional history of the church as well as theological developments in the church. (3 hours)
  • HT102 Church in the Modern Era: Europe & America
    A study of Christianity in Europe and America since the rise of the Enlightenment with emphasis on the numerous influences that have forged the current religious scene. (3 hours)
  • HT200 History of Doctrine
    A study of the historical development of selected doctrines, with attention to the development of each theological theme from the church fathers to the present day. (2 hours)
  • HT215 Theology of the Early Church
    A study of the development of Christian doctrine from the second to the fifth centuries. (2 hours)
  • HT220 Augustine & Augustinian Theology
    A study of the life, theology, and influence of Augustine of Hippo, with attention to Augustinian thought in the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and modern times. (2 hours)
  • HT225 Sem on the History & Theology of the Middle Ages
    A study of the development of medieval thought in relation to political, social, and religious issues of the times, with particular attention to the biblical exegesis and theology of representative thinkers. (2 hours)
  • HT230 Calvin & Reformed Theology
    A study of the theology of John Calvin with attention to its formative influence on Reformed Theology. (2 hours)
  • HT235 Sem on the History & Theology of the Reformation
    A study of the development of Reformation thought in relation to the political, social, and religious issues of the times, with particular attention to the biblical exegesis and theology of representative reformers. (2 hours)
  • HT240 Readings in John Owen: (by Independent Study)
    A course on selected major writings of the Puritan John Owen with emphasis on the doctrine of the spiritual life. (3 hours)
  • HT250 Hist of Gospel Preaching in America: by Independent Study
    A study of the history of the nature, theological content, and methodology of gospel preaching in America from Frelinghausen to the present day. (2 hours)
  • HT255 Hist of Charismatic Movements in America: by Independent Study
    A historical and theological study of the origin, development, and current expressions of the Pentecostal/ Charismatic movements. (2 hours)
  • HT260 Seminar on Jonathan Edwards
    A course on major writings of the American theologian Jonathan Edwards emphasizing the doctrine of salvation. (3 hours)
  • ST101 Introduction to Theology
    A study of prolegomena as the nature, method, and sources of theology; revelation, especially the inspiration, authority, sufficiency, inerrancy, and canonicity of the Bible; and theological hermeneutics, including an introduction to dispensationalism. This course is prerequisite to all other Systematic Theology (ST) courses. (3 hours)
  • ST102 Trinitarianism
    A study of the existence and attributes of the one God, the Holy Trinity; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Scripture and in Christian history; and the ramifications of Trinitarian belief today. Prerequisite: ST101 Introduction to Theology (3 hours)
  • ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology
    A study of angelology, the doctrines of the unfallen angels, the fallen angels, and Satan; anthropology, a study of the creation of humanity, the material and immaterial aspects of humanity, and the Fall of humanity; and original and personal sin. Prerequisite: ST101 Introduction to Theology. (3 hours)
  • ST104 Soteriology
    A study of the grace of God in salvation including election, the ministry of the Savior in His humiliation and exaltation, the nature and extent of the Atonement, efficacious grace, justification, regeneration, the salvation ministries of the Holy Spirit (including Spirit baptism, indwelling, and sealing), and eternal security. Prerequisite: ST101 Introduction to Theology. (3 hours)
  • ST105 Sanctification & Ecclesiology
    A study of sanctification, the doctrine of the spiritual life; and ecclesiology, the doctrines of the body of Christ and the local church including its organization, ministry, ordinances, government, and purpose. Prerequisite: ST101 Introduction to Theology. (3 hours)
  • ST106 Eschatology
    A study of eschatology including various systems, history of chiliasm, major themes and problems in eschatology, the order of predicted events, and the rapture question. Prerequisite: ST101 Introduction to Theology. (3 hours)
  • ST205 Issues in Theological Method: by Independent Study
    A study of various approaches to and issues in theological method, with emphasis on the role ofculture and tradition in evangelical theology. 2 hours. (2 hours)
  • ST210 Issues in Trinitarianism
    A study of modern approaches to the Godhead, both biblical and extrabiblical, and their consequent implications for worship, theology, and praxis today. Prerequisites: ST101 Introduction to Theology and ST102 Trinitarianism. (2 hours)
  • ST215 Issues in Soteriology & Sanctif
    A study of various approaches to and issues in soteriology and sanctification in biblical and historical perspectives. Prerequisites: ST104 Soteriology, ST105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology, and PM101 Spiritual Life. (2 hours)
  • ST220 Issues in Dispensationl Theology
    A study of the development and distinctions of dispensational theology and its relationship to other systems. Prerequisites: ST101 Introduction to Theology and ST106 Eschatology. (2 hours)
  • ST295 Systematic Theology Colloquium
    A seminar for advanced students on the scope, structure, and issues of systematic theology focusing on a recently published volume of systematic theology. Prerequisites: ST101-ST106. Required of students with a Systematic Theology concentration in the Academic Ministries track. (3 hours)
  • ST305 Johannine Theology
    A study of the contribution made to theology by the writings of the apostle John. (2 hours)
  • ST315 Theology of Hebrews
    A study of the contribution made to theology by the Book of Hebrews with attention to its content, its use of the Old Testament in New Testament theology, and its relevance for ministry. (2 hours)
  • ST410 Theology of Alternative Religious Movements
    A study of the doctrinal emphases of significant cults and new religious movements with a comparison of their teachings with Scripture. (2 hours)
  • ST415 Theology & World Religions
    A study of comparisons and contrasts between selected areas of Christian theology and contemporary world religious thought, with a view toward understanding other religions and effectively communicating the gospel. May also be credited in the Department of World Missions and Intercultural Studies. (2 hours)
  • ST420 Global Christian Theology
    A study of emerging Christian theologies in global perspective with a view to understanding, evaluating, and constructively contributing to such theologies from a biblical-historical framework. This course, offered in consultation with the Department of World Missions and Intercultural Studies, may only be taken once as either ST420 or WM550. Prerequisites: ST101 Introduction to Theology and WM101 Introduction to World Missions. 2 hours. (2 hours)
  • ST505 Theology & Society: (by Independent Study)
    A study of the theological implications of various social issues, including questions about the Christian's role in society, issues of church and state, and matters of social justice. (2 hours)
  • ST520 Issues in Science & Theology
    A study of the relationship between science and theology, focusing on current issues such as creation and evolution, age of the universe, environmentalism, biomedical technology, and relevant ethical issues. (2 hours)
  • ST600 Introduction to Logic
    (3 hours)
  • ST605 Apologetics
    A study of the defense of Christianity with emphasis on the biblical and theological foundation, methodology, and contemporary challenges to the truth of Christianity. (2 hours)
  • ST615 Ethics: by Independent Study
    An introduction to moral theology, including its biblical and theological norms and their significance for Christians in the world. (2 hours)
  • ST620 History of Philosophy
    A study of the history of philosophy, with attention to the antecedents of modern philosophy and the relationship of philosophy to Christian doctrine. Designed as a broad overview for those who have not had a course in the history of philosophy (2 hours)
  • ST625 Philosophy of Religion
    A survey of philosophical issues including the problems of God, evil, religious language, and religious experience, as they relate to theological issues. (2 hours)
  • ST630 Postmodernism
    (2 hours)