DEPARTMENT OF THEOLOGY


These courses are designed to equip the student to understand, correlate,state, and defend the truths in the Bible, ad to apply these truths to hislife and ministry. Theology weaves its way throughout the curriculum, but a  specific department is necessary to have message of the Biblepresented in a systematic and understandable way.

 

TH 301 Christian Theology I (2)

An analysis for the  student of the brief theology of God, Jesus Christ,and Holy Spirit.

 

TH 302Christian Theology II (2)

An analysis for the  student of the brief theology of man, sin , salvation,angels, and last things.

 

TH 303 Christian Doctrine I (2)

An Survey for the student of  the doctrine of  the Trinity and the attribute of the Trinity.

 

TH 304 Christian Doctrine II (2)

An analysis for the student of the doctrine of the divine providence and the predestination.

                                                                         

TH 305 Personal Development for Ministry (2)

A study encouraging self-assessment and the measuring of gifts for careers in ministry, and covering the personal disciples of piety and of interpersonal relationships in the light of biblical materials designed to focus on the leading of an exemplary Christian life amidst the pressures of school and parish life.

 

TH 306 Introduction to Urban Structure and Context (3)

An examination of the history of urbanization with special attention to recent urban trends. Analysis of urban systems in the metropolitan context, with focus on the dynamics, problems, and opportunities in the central city. Students are challenged to reflect upon the implications for ministry and the mission of the church in an urban environment.

                                                                         

TH 307 Christian Ethics (2)

Biblical perspectives on contemporary ethical issues facing the church and the minister: divorce, abortion, euthanasia, genetic control, sex, war, racism, ecology, personal life, and the church’s social responsibilities.

 

TH 308 Theological German (3)

Introduction to theological vocabulary, review of grammar, and readings from selected theological literature in German.

 

TH 309 Theological French (3)

Introduction to theological vocabulary, review of grammar, and readings from selected theological literature in French.

 

TH 310 Biblical Theology of Worship and Prayer (2)

A biblical-theological study of the doctrines of worship and prayer, with emphasis on the reasons for worship and prayer, the differences between the Old and New Covenant, and biblical principles for increasing the effectiveness of personal and corporate worship and prayer today.

 

TH 311 Classical Liberal Theologians (3)

A survey of the theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher, Ludwig Feuerbach, Albrecht Ritschl, and Ernst Troelisch. Special attention will be given to those areas of the theological formulations which have informed and influenced contemporary theology.

 

TH 312 Survey of Theology of Calvin (3)

Survey of Calvin’s theology from the Institutes, tracts, letters, and commentaries and from recent Calvin research.

 

TH 313 Institutes of the Christian Religion (3)

A Study on the institutes of the Christian Religion of John Calvin.

 

TH 314 Theology of John Calvin (3)

A Study on John Calvin’s Conservative Theological Thoughts in the History of Christian Thoughts.

 

TH 315 Calvinism and Arminianism (3)

A Study on Calvinism and Arminianism  in Theological Thoughts. Survey the thoughts and compare with the Principles of Calvinism with Arminianism.

 

TH 401 Introduction to Theology of Economics (2)

The student will survey the Bible-oriented principles of economic in theshalom community from the Bible and be able to reform the society ofeconomical injustice from the Christian ethical point of view.

                                                                                                                                                 

TH 402 Biblical Theology (3)

Theology is viewed from the vantage point of the theological writers ofthe Bible. Pauline Theology, Petrine Theology, and Johnnine Theology arehighlighted in this inductive approach to theology.

 

TH 403 Introduction to Systematic Theology (3)

Required for all Master’s programs including Divinity and Theology. A survey of each of the major doctrines is accomplished.

                                                                          

TH 404 Systematic Theology  I (3)

A study of  theology proper, including the Trinity, creation, general andspecial revelation; bibliology, including inspiration, canonicity, and authority;and angelology, includingthe study of Satan and his demons.

 

TH 405 Systematic Theology II (3)

Anthropology and hamartiology emphasize man's creation in the image ofGod and his fall into sin and depravity. this introduces the need for aSavior, and thus the Christological doctrine of soteriology focuses on theperson and work of Christ to bring salvation, election, regeneration,justification, sanctification, and glorification through the cross.

 

TH 406 Systematic Theology III (3)

The ministry and person of the Holy Spirit is seen in the development ofthe church (ecclesiology -inception, organization, ordinances, and ministryof the church). Eschatology is also studied through a review of thekingdom of God, Israel's destiny, the millennial reign if Christ, the rapture,the resurrections of the just and the unjust, and the eternal state of theblessed.

                                                                           

TH 407 Christian Apologetics (2)

A consideration of the various arguments for the existence of Godprecedes an in-depth study of Christian evidence, and the response ofChristianity to modern societal problems.

 

TH 408 Contemporary Theology (2)

Survey of the prominent theological developments in the 19th and 2thcenturies, with special emphasis on the development of liberalism throughClassic Modernism, Neo-Orthodoxy, Existentialism, and the radicaltheologies of the 1960s. Attention will be given to Kierkegaard, Barth,Bultmann, and other leading figures of this movement.

 

TH 409 Trends in Evangelical Theology Today (2)

Leading figures in 20th Century Evangelicalism are highlighted. Studentswill seek to discuss the connections between the various leadingevangelical theologians, and the relationship of evangelicalism tofundamentalism and to the Modern Pentecostal Movement.

                                                                       

TH 410Theology of the Family (3)

The scriptural issues of creation , incarnation and redemption as theyrelate to the institution of marriage and the family. Highlighted will be thework of James Dobson which seeks to bolster the family in the face of themodern attack on family values.

 

TH 411 The Holy Spirit (3)

An integrative study of pneumatology that includes both the historicaldevelopment of the doctrine as well as a study of each aspect of the  ministry of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer.

                                                                      

TH 412 Studies in a Specific Doctrine (3)

A self-study of seminar class that focuses on one specific doctrine suchas Christology, Soteriology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology. Course maybe repeated for each doctrine listed.

                               

TH 413 Puritan Theology I (3)The writings of Puritan Theology are systematized in this course toprovide the student with a grasp of the entire scope of Puritan beliefs.

 

TH 414 Puritan Theology II (3)  A study on puritan thoughts which is  comparing with the modern situation of churches and  provide the student with a grasp of the entire scope of Puritan theology.

 

TH 415 Religious Epistemology (3)

Examination of the ways of knowing and tests for truth with special emphasis on the problems of religious knowledge.

 

TH 416 Recent and Contemporary Theologians (3)

Lectures or seminar in the work and writing of an important theologian of the present or recent past. Theologians selected for study reflect the special competence of resident and visiting faculty.

 

TH 417 Theological Systems (3)

Seminar on important theological systems of classic orthodoxy such as those of Shedd, Charles Hodge, A. A. Hodge, Warfield, Finny, Watson, Pieper, Strong, and Chafer.

                                                                         

TH 418 Theology in Contemporary Literatue (3)

Works by authors such as Melville, Dostoevsky, Conrad, Shaw, Beckett, Updike, Lewis, Tolkein, Eliot, Auden, Williams, Fry, Buder, Joyce, Camus, Kafka, Faulkner, Salinger, and MacDonald are read and analyzed and their theological perspective and implications are discussed.

                                                                          

TH 501 Theism (3)

Study in the existence and nature of God with emphasis on theistic arguments(ontological, cosmological, theological and moral), and on the internal coherence of the divine attributes such as necessity, omnipotence and omniscience.

 

TH 502 The Problem of Evil (3)

An examination of one of the traditional problems for Christian Theism. After initially clarifying the nature of this attack against theism, discussion turns to different defenses and theodicies offered in response to this problem.

                                                                        

TH 503 Analytic Philosophy (3)

Examination of the main streams of thought arising out of Wittgenstein including Russell, Ayer, Wisdom, Ramsey and others as they bear on current issues in philosophy of religion.

 

TH 504 Phenomenology (3)

Religious implications of phenomenology as a philosophical and hermeneutical method with special emphasis on  Husserl and subsequent thinkers influenced by his thought.

                                                                         

TH 505 Existentialism (3)

Comparative study of the religious thought of the principle existentialist philosophers including Dostoyevsky, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Heidegger, and Sartre.

 

TH 506 Ethical Theory (3)

An analysis of the principal theories and problems of philosophical ethics including the meaning of ethical language, alternative theories of the right and the good, and the implications of moral issues for the concept of God and other theological questions.

 

TH 507 Philosophers of Religious Significance (3)

In-depth consideration of the philosophy of an important non-religious thinker.

 

TH 508 Premillennialism (3)

Positive presentation of this view of the second advent of Christ, its bearing on related doctrines, its biblical hermeneutic, and its development since the time of Johann Albrecht Bengel(1687-1751)

 

TH 509 Models of Sanctification (3)

A course involving a biblical and theological investigation of several models of sanctification held within Christian movements and denominations. Emphasizes understanding of each model as well as encouraging students to develop their own biblically-based model capable of implementation within a ministry context.

                                                                          

TH 510 Character of God (3)

A biblical and theological analysis of several less-understood attributes of God, including immutability, eternity, omnipresence, and Trinitarian existence. Attention will be given to biblical support for each attribute, classical formulation, recent challenges, and application to life.

 

TH 511 Pneumatology (3)

A study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit, including a defense of his deity and personality, his work in the Old Testament, the life of Christ, and the New Testament era as well as discussion of contemporary issues related to this doctrine like tongues, divine healing, and prophecy.

                                                                         

TH 512 Political Theologies (3)

A course designed to clarify what constitutes a “political theology
 and to investigate the biblical and theological bases of representative political theologies. Discussion focuses around such systems as liberation theology, black theology, and feminist theology.

 

TH 513 Advanced Theology of Calvin (3)

Discussion in John Calvin’s  Theological Doctrines and  study on the position and application  in the modern secular cultures.

 

TH 601 Multicultural Theology (3)

AS the student develops how to theologizemulticultural issues one willbe equipped to apply those same issues into their diversified local andglobal cultural context in the present world.

                                                                           

TH 602 Directed Study in Theology (3)The student may pursue a specific topic in the field of theology, anddevelop a major paper that expounds his findings.

 

TH 603 Readings in German Theology (3)

Advanced reading and research in German theological works of significance.

 

TH 604 Readings in French Theology (3)

Advanced reading and research in French theological works of significance.

 

TH 605 Current Trends in Christology (3)

A course focusing on a series of Christological issues under discussion in contemporary literature. Topics such as the meaning and rationality of the doctrines of the incarnation and the two natures of Christ, the relation of the historical Jesus to the Christ of faith and theology, and the question of the origins of New Testament teaching about Christ will be handled.

 

TH 606 Roman Catholic Theology (3)

An examination of the claims and practices of traditional Roman Catholicism, of the “revolution” introduced by the Second Vatican Council, and of current modernist and traditionalist trends, together with an evangelical critique and an evaluation of the possibilities of collaboration with and evangelism among Catholics today.

                                                                           

TH 607 The Bible in the Modern World (3)

A study of the ways in which the Bible has come to be understood in the contemporary church, starting with the critique of Scripture which came to a head in the 19th Century (historical, moral, and scientific criticism), looking conservative responses then and since, and focusing particularly on contemporary discussion of the doctrine of Scripture through study of recent books in which a reformulation of orthodoxy has been attempted.

 

TH 608 Advanced Theological Prolegomena (3)

A course designed to explore the integrative character of Christian Theology, focusing the contributions of the separate theological disciplines on the constructive and creative task of Systematic Theology. Students are encouraged to develop an approach which is integrative, orthodox, and creative, through the critical assessment of the theological proposals of evangelical and non-evangelical theologians.

 

TH 609 Continuity and Discontinuity Between the Testaments (3)

Investigation of the relation of the Old testament to the New as foundational to theological discourse. The issue of continuity and discontinuity is treated as it relates to such topics as hermeneutics, salvation, the law of God, the people of God, kingdom promises, and one’s overall theological system. Emphasis on various forms of continuity and discontinuity answers to the question of how the testaments relate.

 

TH 610 Theological Systems (3)

A consideration of fundamental theological motifs underlying several major approaches to dogmatics or systematic theology, with attention to Eastern Orthodoxy as well as several representative Protestant approaches.

                                                                         

TH 611 The Meaning of Revelation (3)

A study involving a discussion of the possibility of revelation as well as the models and character of revelation. The course treats various views of what constitutes revelation and how it is given. Special emphasis is given to pivotal answers to these questions by neo-orthodox and post-orthodox theologians.

 

TH 612 Meaning, Truth, and Scripture (3)

A discussion of various theories of truth meaning in the terms of their relation to one another, to hermeneutics, to biblical inerrancy, and to various problems associated with religious language.

 

TH 613 Issues Facing Church (3)

A course designed to develop and test in discussion and debate practical strategies to counter effectively challenges that threaten the mission or very existence of the church of Chris today. Topics include feminism, liberation theology, universalism, biblical/medical ethics, prosperity, poverty and hunger.

                                                                          

TH 614 Contextualization (3)

Study of the set of issues that falls under the broad rubric of contextualization. Particular foci are the emergence and development of the idea of contextualization, the biblical materials and the notion of contextualization, Christianity and world religions (the problem of pluralism), contextualization anf theology (the problem of method), and contextualized theologies.

 

TH 615 The Application of Salvation (3)

A study of some difficult or controversial aspects of the doctrine of the application of salvation, including the nature and sequence of regeneration and conversion, the possibility of loss of salvation, the relation between justification and subsequent obedience, and the relation between divine sovereignty and human activity in sanctification; proper and improper motives for obedience in the Christian life; the adiaphora; and “second blessing” doctrines and perfectionism.

                                                                         

TH 616 The Church and Its Leadership (3)

A course designed to address questions about church leadership; including qualification for church leadership, assessment of personal qualification of leadership, procedures for choosing church leaders, definition of a church :office”, authority of church officers, the role of women in church leadership and ministry, and the relation of divorce and remarriage to eligibility for ministry in the church.

 

TH 617 Philosophy and Theology (3)

Demonstration of the integral relation between philosophy and theological studies. Treatment of the general uses of philosophy in theology as well as the specific ways philosophy and theology interface (e.g., theological discussions that incorporate philosophy, and philosophical considerations of theological topics). Topics involve philosophical fields such as ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of action, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language.

 

TH 618 The 20Th Century Evangelical Movement in the United States (3)

The Modernist-Fundamentalist Conflict. Evangelical Growth, achievements and problems, consensus and diversity, present condition and potential, theological tensions with neo-Orthodoxy, and the culture-clash with secular humanism.

 

TH 619Thesis for Th.M. (4)

The student must meet specific deadlines in the preparation andcompletion of the Master of Theology thesis.

 

TH 620Dissertation for Th. D. (4)

The student must meet specific deadlines in the preparation andcompletion of the Doctor of Theology thesis.