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.
THEO 650 Theology of God and Creation (3)
This foundational course surveys the task, function, methods, and breadth of systematic theology from the perspective of a biblical doctrine of God and his lordship over creation. Attention to the meaning of the fatherhood of God prepares the way for a doctrine of the Trinity that illuminates how he is related to creation, and how humans created in God’s own image are meant to serve his eternal purposes.
THEO 653 Theology of Christ and Reconciliation (3)
Scripture teaches that God made Jesus Christ, the One who knew no sin, to be sin for fallen humans, making reconciliation to God possible (2 Cor 5:20-1). This course examines the person and work of “Christ the Centre” (Bonhoeffer), showing how through his birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ stood with humanity and gained victory over principalities and powers to provide atonement for sin and justification of sinners. The course also surveys current problems in Christology, such as the significance of “historical Jesus” research and the uniqueness of Christ in a world of religions.
THEO 654 Theology of the Holy Spirit and Redemption (3)
This course examines the identity and redeeming work of the third person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. The course explores the Spirit’s relationship to the Father and Son, as well as his saving work in sustaining creation, inspiring Scripture, sanctifying and gifting the church, and
resurrecting all peoples for the life that is to come (i.e. eschatology). An assessment of current pneumatological debates from evangelical and ecumenical perspectives is also included.
THEO 655 Following Christ: An Introduction to Theological Ethics (3)
This course explores philosophical and biblical-theological foundations for ethics, the role of Jesus’ example in ethical formulation, and major ethical issues facing today’s church and society.
THEO 751 Life in the Mess: A Theology of Forgiveness and Reconciliation (3)
This course will evaluate contemporary models of forgiveness and reconciliation from both a theological and counseling perspective. A Gospel-centered model of forgiveness and reconciliation will be presented out of which practices of forgiveness and reconciliation can be explored. Issues to be considered may include, but are not be limited to: the semantics of forgiveness and reconciliation; systemic and corporate dynamics of forgiveness and reconciliation; the problem of unrepentance; forgiveness and memory; forgiveness and reconciliation in non-ecclesial/non-Christian contexts; and the role of the local church in fostering forgiveness and reconciliation.
THEO 752 These Three are One: The Trinity and the Christian Life (3)
Karl Rahner observed that “despite their orthodox confession of the Trinity, Christians are, in their practical life, almost mere ‘monotheists.’” Consequently, this course seeks to reintroduce students to the great historical and contemporary Trinitarian literature that has sought to locate the doctrine of the Trinity as the core content and structure of Christian faith, life, and piety. In particular, the course investigates the relationship of Trinitarian doctrine to the use of Scripture, the church and ministry, and prayer and spiritual formation.
THEO 753 Thy Kingdom Come: The Church, Politics and Eschatology (3)
After his resurrection, Jesus ascended to the right hand of God the Father. As King, the ascended Christ calls into question the ultimate authority of all political and social structures without completely doing away with them. This course attempts to grapple with the complex problem of Christian political engagement, particularly within a Canadian context. Themes such as the prophetic authority of the church in her proclamation of the kingdom and the eschatological shape of human political relations are explored.
THEO 754 Shepherd the Flock: Pastoral Theology of Church, Sacraments, Mission, and Preaching (3)
This course will explore the doctrine of the Church in conversation with contemporary literature on missional church. The course introduces students to a theology of pastoral care founded upon the doctrine of union with Christ. Seminar presentations will explore the theology of preaching, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, as fundamental aspects of the pastoral task.
THEO 756 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: CO 756 Marriage and Human Sexuality in Theological Perspective
THEO 759 Theology Specialty (3)
This study focuses on a particular emphasis of theological studies.
THEO 771 Christian Unity: Historical, Theological, and Contemporary Considerations (3)
This course is designed to examine theoretical and practical issues related to Christian unity. Students will become familiar with various understandings of the church which inform how Christians relate to and cooperate with one another. They will consider specific historical contexts related to Christian unity including the formal ecumenical movement. Students will also examine practical efforts at Christian unity in their formal and informal, as well as regional and local, expressions.
Cross-listed: HIS 771 Christian Unity: Historical, Theological, and Contemporary Considerations
THEO 773 History and Theology of Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements (3)
The study of various Pentecostal, Charismatic, and related global “Movements of the Spirit.” Students will gain perspective on historical, theological and sociological matters, including issues ranging from primitivism, restorationism, and independence to institutionalization and ecumenism. Special consideration will be given to issues related to Pentecostalism in Canada.
Cross-listed: HIS 773 History and Theology of Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements
THEO 805 Scripture and Theological Interpretation ()
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 805 Scripture and Theological Interpretation
THEO 827 Kingdom and Resurrection: Themes in Eschatology (3)
This course will provide an overview of the history of Christian eschatology from the early church to the present, an examination of debates on the kingdom in the twentieth century, and a particular focus upon two primary theological concepts: “the kingdom of God” and “the resurrection of the body.” These concepts will guide exploration of issues such as death, the intermediate state, the return of Christ, the destiny of the cosmos, the Millennium, the judgment of the nations, and the eternal state.
THEO 859 Advanced Seminar in Theology (3)
This seminar guides students in extensive reading and discussion within a selected topic, field, or personality of historical, systematic, or pastoral theology. The topic of study is selected in accordance with the expertise of the faculty member and/or interests of the students.
Note: This course may be taken more than once as the focus of this course varies from year to year.