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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Issues in Soteriology and Sanctification
A study of various approaches to and issues in soteriology and sanctification in biblical and historical perspectives.
Issues in Dispensational Theology
A study of the development and distinctions of dispensational theology and its relationship to other systems.
Issues in Ecclesiology
A study of various approaches to and issues in ecclesiology from both biblical and historical perspectives, with application to contemporary worship, ministry, and practice.
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.
A study of the contribution made to theology by the writings of the apostle John.
A study of the theological contributions of Paul’s writings and of the literature on Pauline theology.
Theology of Hebrews
A study of the contribution made to theology by the Epistle to the Hebrews, with attention to its content, its use of the Old Testament in New Testament theology, and its relevance for ministry.
Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Theologies
A study of the theologies of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches, using representative systematic theology textbooks for consideration and comparison with evangelical theologies.
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.
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 ST5420 or WM5550.
Theology and Society
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.
Theology of Ethnic Concerns
A study of the emphases of theologies, such as black theology and feminist theology and trends like urbanization, in comparison with biblical and systematic doctrines and concerns such as family, community, and justice.
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 Popular Culture
A study of various approaches to and issues in theological method, with emphasis on the role of culture and tradition in evangelical theology. May be credited in the Department of Media Arts and Worship.
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.
Introduction to Logic
An introductory study of the principles of correct reasoning that aims at developing critical-thinking skills. Emphasis will be placed on the importance
of such skills to proper biblical exegesis and rigorous theological reflection.
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.
A study of postmodernism in contemporary culture, with attention to its philosophical antecedents and development as well as its theological significance. The course addresses three questions: What is postmodernism? How did it arise? How does one think Christianly about postmodernism and respond biblically to it?
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 the modern era, 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 North 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.
Seminar in the History of Exegesis
A study of the interpretation of biblical texts within selected periods of the church’s history, with particular attention to the relationship of tradition and culture to exegetical methods.
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.
Early Christian Literature
A study of the writings of early Christian apologists in their historical contexts, emphasizing both their importance to biblical, theological, and historical studies as well as their classic approaches to Christian cultural engagement.
Augustine and 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.
Seminar in the History and 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.
Readings in John Calvin
A course on selected major writings of Protestant theologian John Calvin and their seminal influence on Reformed theology.
Seminar in the History and 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.
History of Gospel Preaching in America
A study of the history of the nature, theological content, and methodology of gospel preaching in America from Frelinghausen to the present day.
History of the Charismatic Movements in America
A historical and theological study of the origin, development, and current expressions of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movements.
Seminar on Jonathan Edwards
A course on major writings of the American theologian Jonathan Edwards, emphasizing the doctrine of salvation.
Independent Study in Historical Theology
Independent research in some aspect of historical theology not specifically treated in other courses. Credit is allowed proportionate to the amount of work but not to exceed 4 semester hours in any one subject of study. Limited to advanced students and subject to consent of the professor. 1–4 hours.