Theology Courses

 

BT401 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT

A systematic and biblical study of the revelation of God through the religion, life and history of Israel as contained within the canonical Old Testament. Special attention is given to matters of the chronological development of biblical theology.

Old Testament Biblical Theology examines the rise and decline of the nation of Israel from 2200--400 B.C. The geographical setting of Palestine is discussed in order to demonstrate its importance on the history of Israel. The history of Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Media-Persia and other Near Eastern nations is reviewed so as to appreciate their influence on the biblical theological development of the Old Testament, as Yahweh discloses His will to His people within the various political periods of Israel's history. This theological revelation focuses on the law, covenants, promises and prophetic messages (3 credit hours).


BT402 BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT

The course will review the diversity and unity of the messages of the various books of the New Testament. Attention is given to the presuppositions and methods of New Testament theology. The messages of the individual authors are discussed, and an effort is made to synthesize these messages into a unified statement of the foundational theology of the Church (3 credit hours).


TH201 SPIRITUAL FORMATION

In this course, the student will critically examine various approaches to Christian spiritual formation from a biblical perspective. A theology and description of the spiritual disciplines and spiritual direction in individual and corporate contexts will be discussed and integrated with the practice of ministry (3 credit hours).


TH202 THEOLOGY 1

This course provides an overview of the basic methodology and development of systematic theology with an emphasis on historic Christianity. Special attention is given to a synthetic overview of systematic theology, development of analytical outlines, theological argumentation and purposes. The course examines the doctrines including: Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Anthropology, and Angelology. The course guides the student in developing skills in research by using the methods and procedures of systematic theology so that he/she is able to articulate and defend his/her own theological positions (3 credit hours).


TH203 THEOLOGY 2

This course provides an overview of the basic methodology and development of systematic theology with an emphasis on historic Christianity. Special attention is given to a synthetic overview of systematic theology, development of analytical outlines, theological argumentation and purposes. The course examines the doctrines including: Pneumatology, Hamartiology, Soteriology, Eschatology, and Ecclesiology. The course guides the students in developing skills in research by using the methods and procedures of systematic theology so that he/she is able to articulate and defend his/her own theological positions (3 credit hours).


TH204 MORAL THEOLOGY

This course is a study of the biblical-theological basis of moral obligation, the consequent method of ethical decision-making, and the application of that method to selected moral issues which confront contemporary North American evangelicals. This course will examine the basic presuppositions of various philosophies that are the foundations for different worldviews (3 credit hours).


TH301 APOLOGETICS

This course focuses on how to share the major reasons in support of the Christian faith so that people can come to Christ in a postmodern world. Topics include arguments for apologetics, reasons for believing in God, reasons for believing in Christ, reasons for believing in miracles, philosophical and cultural challenges to Christian faith, and religious challenges to Christian faith. Students will create a visual project and a written defense of the Christian faith (3 credit hours).


TH302 WORLD RELIGIONS

A critical examination of world religions with emphasis on how the message of the Christian gospel relates to these belief systems. As part of the overview, there is an evaluation of the basic nature of religion as a universal human manifestation as well as the phenomenon of sects and new religious movements within world religions (3 credit hours).


TH303 CULTS

This course acquaints the student with background, history and theological developments of the some of the major Cults and New Religious Movements prevalent both in the United States and around the world. The heart of the course will be to develop strategies for presenting the biblical Christ to adherents of these movements (3 credit hours).