College Courses

 

Theology

THEO 112 Spiritual Formation (3)

This course focuses on the nature of personal and corporate spiritual growth. A study of the Bible’s teaching about conversion serves as the foundation for an investigation of the classic spiritual disciplines.

THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

An introduction to the basic teachings of the Christian faith. This course will introduce the nature, methods, and importance of theological study, and will survey Christian teachings concerning God, revelation and Scripture, creation and fall, humanity, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the Christian hope.

THEO 203 History of Christian Theology I (3)

This course provides an overview of the development of Christian teaching from the Church Fathers to the Medieval Scholastics. Through a careful reading of primary sources, students learn to evaluate theological arguments and appropriate the Great Tradition for their own understanding of Christian thought.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 204 History of Christian Theology II (3)

This course provides an overview of the developments of Christian teaching from the era of the proto]Reformation to contemporary Evangelicalism. Through a careful reading of primary sources, students learn to evaluate theological arguments and appropriate the Great Tradition for their own understanding of Christian thought.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 272 Apologetics (3)

An examination of authority in apologetics including the biblical rationale for apologetics, the confidence of the Christian, and the place of the church. This course also examines both the surface and deep]rooted reasons for unbelief and explores the power of the Holy Spirit in overcoming the tension between belief and unbelief and other such effects of sin.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 301 Theology of Christian Worship (3)

This course explores a theological understanding of worship as it relates to Christian practice over the past two millennia. Current worship trends in North American churches will be evaluated in light of this theological and historical perspective.

Note: Students with credit for CM 301 Theology of Christian Worship may not take this course for credit. Also available through Contiinuing and Distance Education.

THEO 312 Classics of Christian Spirituality (3)

This course examines a selection of the great works of Christian devotion from the second century to the twentieth century. Authors may include the Desert Fathers, Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Julian of Norwich, Thomas à Kempis, Teresa of Avila, Richard Baxter, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Brother Lawrence, John Wesley, John Keble, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Thomas Kelly, and others.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 112 Spiritual Formation and THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 330 The Triune God (3)

This course provides a biblical and historical overview of the development of the doctrine of the Trinity to the present day, including required reading from historic and contemporary theological texts. The course also explores how the doctrine of the Trinity intersects with questions of theological method, worship, prayer, mission, ministry, the church, culture, and/or other topics according to the expertise of the instructor.

Note: Also available through Continuing and Distance Education.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 331 Scripture and Contemporary Theology (3)

This course examines what it means to confess that Scripture is the Word of God and is authoritative in all matters of faith and life. Through advanced study in the doctrine of Scripture and its theological interpretation, students are exposed to the most influential schools of thought in contemporary theology.

Cross-listed: BLST 331 Scripture and Contemporary Theology

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 337 The Church and the Kingdom (3)

A biblical, theological, and historical exploration into the essence, function, and eschatological future of the church with special attention given to defining the relationship of the church to Israel and the kingdom of God. Through systematic study in the doctrines of the church (ecclesiology) and the fulfillment of history (eschatology), this course challenges students to assess contemporary issues relating to the ministry, mission, and witness of the church in order to understand better what it means to “seek first the kingdom of God.”

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 350 Theology of Christ (3)

This course will study the interpretations of the person and work of Jesus Christ in Scripture, the Christian tradition, and contemporary culture.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 351 Theology of the Spirit (3)

This course will study the person and work of the Holy Spirit in Scripture and in the Christian tradition. Special attention will be given to the relationship between Christ and the Spirit and to the problem of discerning the work of the Spirit in the church and the world.

Note: Also available through Continuing and Distance Education.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 370 Theology of Mission (3)

This course offers students the opportunity of exploring recent scholarship regarding both the centrality and the nature of mission in the teaching of the Scriptures.

Note: Students with credit for CM 201 may not take this course for credit. Also available through Continuing and Distance Education.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 393 Specialized Study (3)

Offered occasionally to provide in]depth study in a topic in Theology that is not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit hours of Theology

THEO 413 Studies in Spiritual Theology (3)

Students in this course examine a theme, thinker, or movement relevant to the discipline of spiritual theology. The particular focus of the course may change from year to year depending on the interests and expertise of the instructor.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 112 Spiritual Formation, THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology, and one 300+ level theology course.

THEO 429 Theology Internship (3)

This internship is designed to guide the student through theological reflection and research in a chosen area of practical ministry. A focus on developing a theology of vocation and the opportunity to bring doctrinal matters to bear on real]life situations mark the studentfs experience.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology

THEO 453 Marriage and Human Sexuality in Theological Perspective (3)

In this seminar-style course, students will be introduced to the rich legacy of theological and moral reflection on marriage, celibacy and sexuality. Students will examine influential texts from the breadth of the Christian tradition and give special consideration to how these texts might inform nuanced reflection on contemporary issues in sexual ethics.

Cross-listed: FMST 453 Marriage and Human Sexuality in Theological Perspective

THEO 470 Senior Theology Seminar (3)

An advanced study on a selected theme, figure, or movement significant to the theological disciplines. Specific topics will vary according the interests and abilities of the instructor. Classes are conducted in a seminar]style format and assume a significant reading and independent research component. Though this course is intended as a capstone course for theology majors, other students are invited to participate. This course may be taken more than once.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit hours of Theology

THEO 471 Studies in Historical Theology (3)

Students in this course examine a theme, thinker, or movement relevant to the discipline of historical theology. The particular focus of the course may change from year to year depending on the interests and expertise of the instructor.

Prerequisite(s): THEO 115 Introduction to Christian Theology and either THEO 203 History of Christian Theology I or THEO 204 History of Christian Theology II and 6 credit hours of Theology

THEO 493 Specialized Study (3)

A seminar offered occasionally to provide in]depth study on a topic in Theology that is not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

Prerequisite(s): 6 credit hours of Theology and the completion of 60 credit hours of study.