Theological Method and Bibliology
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.
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 Theological Method and Bibliology
Angelology, Anthropology, and 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 Theological Method and Bibliology
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 Theological Method and Bibliology
Sanctification and 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 Theological Method and Bibliology
A study of eschatology, the doctrine of the consummation of God’s plan of redemption, including major themes in eschatology and the order of predicted events. The course will include a review of the biblical creation and redemption narrative, with an opportunity for a synthetic capstone summary of Christian doctrine. Pre- or Co-requisites: ST101-105
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.
Systematic Theology Colloquium
A seminar for advanced students on the scope, structure, and issues of systematic theology focusing on a published volume of systematic theology. Prerequisites: ST101-ST106. Required of students with a Systematic Theology concentration in the Academic Ministries track.
Theology and 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.
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.
Issues in Science and 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.
Theology and Science Fiction
An examination of selected works of literature and film in the science-fiction genre, with an emphasis on their cultural and worldview contexts as well as their relationship to biblical, theological, and philosophical themes. May be credited in the Department of Media Arts and Worship. Prerequisite: ST101 Theological Method and Bibliology.
A study of the defense of Christianity with emphasis on the biblical and theological foundation, methodology, and contemporary challenges to the truth of Christianity.
God and Evil
An examination of objections to the Christian concept of God in view of the fact of evil and suffering.
An introduction to moral theology, including its biblical and theological norms and their significance for Christians in the world.
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
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.
Independent Study in Systematic Theology
Independent research on some aspect of theology considered more generally in other courses. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed four semester hours in any one subject of study. Limited to advanced students and subject to consent of the professor
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.
Church in the Modern Era: Europe and 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.
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.
Life & Worship in Early Church
A study of religious practices of early believers from the second century to the fall of the Roman Empire, focusing on the meaning and function of catechism, baptism, the Eucharist, prayer, Scripture reading, preaching, church government, and the church’s role in society.
Theology of the Early Church
A study of the development of Christian doctrine from the second to the fifth centuries.
A study of the writings of the Apostolic Fathers in their historical contexts, with an emphasis on their importance to biblical, theological, and historical studies.
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.
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.
Readings in John Owen
A course on selected major writings of the Puritan John Owen with emphasis on the doctrine of the spiritual life.
Theology of Karl Barth
A study of the basic features of the theology of Karl Barth, with attention to the development of his thought and the continuing influence of his theology.
Seminar on Jonathan Edwards
A course on major writings of the American theologian Jonathan Edwards emphasizing the doctrine of salvation.
Indep Study in Historical Theol
Independent research in some aspect of church history or the history of Christian thought not specifically treated in other courses. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed four semester hours in any one subject of study.
Special Topics in Historical Theological Studies