COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

TH-1110 The Church and Its Doctrines (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

This is a foundational course, using primarily a Bible doctrine approach that surveys basic doctrines of the church and their implications for life. Specifically, the course will survey bibliology, theology proper, anthropology, angelology, Christology, soteriology, pneumatology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. Special attention will be paid to key terms, concepts, and biblical texts. The course will also introduce the various branches of theology.

TH-2270 Church History (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

This course covers the preparation of the ancient world for the coming of Christianity, the founding and development of the Christian church, a brief outline of history from the apostolic age to the Reformation, a more careful study of the Reformation era, spread of the Protestant church in Europe, and the transplanting and growth of the church in North America. Required for students who transfer 6 credits of Western or World Civilizations. This course cannot be credited as a theology elective.

TH-2280 The Theologian’s Craft (3 credits)

This foundational course introduces the Theology major and explores matters related to theological prolegomena. Students will study the nature of theology in general, the interaction between theology and practice, and basic techniques for theological research. The course will focus particularly on an investigation of each of the major branches of theology (biblical, historical, philosophical, and systematic theology), including their nature, methodology, and relationship with each other. Prerequisites: TH-1110 The Church and Its Doctrines. For Theology majors only. This course cannot be credited as a theology elective.

TH-3310 Historical Theology I (3 credits)

A survey and critical appraisal of the history of the development of Christian theology up to the eighteenth century, this course will emphasize major thinkers and the development of various traditions and theological methods. Controversies, heresies, creeds, and confessions will also be considered. Prerequisites: GSU-2222 Christianity and Western Culture II and GSU-2250 Introduction to Philosophy.

TH-3320 Historical Theology II (3 credits)

A survey and critical appraisal of the history of the development of Christian theology from the eighteenth century to the present, this course will emphasize some of the more influential current theological trends. Prerequisites: GSU-2222 Christianity and Western Culture II and GSU-2250 Introduction to Philosophy.

TH-3330 Systematic Theology I (4 credits)

This is a study of important topics in systematic theology, including the following: prolegomena—the definition and nature of theology, the various branches of theology, the method and importance of systematic theology; bibliology—general and special revelation; Scripture’s inspiration, inerrancy, canonicity; theology proper—theism and the existence of God; the nature, attributes, and names of God; the doctrine of the Trinity, including relevant elements of Christology and pneumatology (i.e., the persons of Christ and of the Holy Spirit); the decree and works of God; angelology—angels, Satan, and demons; and anthropology/hamartiology—humanity’s creation and nature, the fall and its consequences, original and actual sin. Special attention will be given to helping students develop the skills needed for doing systematic theology. Prerequisites: GSU-2250 Introduction to Philosophy and GSU-2222 Christianity and Western Culture II (or TH-2270 Church History for BSMAT students only), and TH-1110 The Church and its Doctrines.

TH-3331 Introduction to Biblical Theology (3 credits)

A broad introduction to biblical theology, this course acquaints students with the history of biblical theology, basic methodological issues, various ways of studying biblical theology, and the relationship between biblical theology and other theological disciplines (such as systematic theology). The course will focus particularly on the Bible’s story line, tracing key themes as they unfold throughout the various books, corpora, and genres of Scripture. Prerequisites: BI-1111 Old Testament Survey, BI-1112 New Testament Survey, and BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods. Bible and Theology majors only (or with department chair approval).

TH-3340 Systematic Theology II (4 credits)

This is a study of important topics in systematic theology, including the following: soteriology—relevant elements of Christology and pneumatology (i.e., the work of Christ and of the Spirit in salvation); grace, election, regeneration, conversion, justification, sanctification, glorification, etc; ecclesiology—the definition, nature, and origin of the church; its relationship to Israel; its present mission; the local church (its organization, ministers, and ordinances/sacraments); and eschatology—death and the intermediate state; the second coming of Christ; the rapture and millennial kingdom; the eternal state. Special attention will be given to helping students develop the skills needed for doing systematic theology. Prerequisite: TH-3330 Systematic Theology I.

TH-3342 Biblical Theology of Suffering (3 credits)

A biblical and theological study, this course examines human suffering, including reasons, responses, consequences, and preparation. The course is designed to help students discover and personally apply a theology of suffering in light of the reality of a sovereign God. Prerequisite: TH-3330 Systematic Theology I. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-3343 Issues in Dispensationalism (3 credits)

This includes an in-depth examination of the definition, history, and articulation of the system of biblical interpretation known as dispensationalism. The course will provide an overview of the historical roots, major theologians, and sources of dispensationalism. In a positive (nonpolemical) study, this course will consider the major differences between dispensationalism and other orthodox evangelical systems of biblical interpretation. A positive presentation of the current varieties of dispensationalism (i.e., classic and progressive) will consider the validity of the arguments for each perspective. Key issues such as biblical hermeneutics, the relationship of Israel to the church, and the question of salvation in different dispensations will be addressed. This course will enable students to appreciate the biblical basis of dispensationalism and to understand and employ the system of dispensationalism. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-3351 Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)

Students will study the great concepts and stated beliefs of theology and theologians and the underlying phenomena of religious experience. The course gives special attention to the Judeo-Christian concept of religion together with some of the basic viewpoints of other religious systems, and considers problems facing religious faith. Prerequisite: GSU-2250 Introduction to Philosophy. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-3352 Classical and Contemporary Ethics (3 credits)

This course will be divided into two parts. Part 1 is a survey and evaluation of several classical and contemporary ethical theories, including utilitarianism (“do whatever produces the most good for the most people”), deontology (“follow these rules or principles”), virtue (“be a virtuous person”), egoism (“do whatever is best for you”), and relativism (“there are no universal moral principles”), and discusses the general challenges faced by any religiously based ethical system. Part 2 is an extended evaluation of a particularly Christian ethic, with the goal of developing a complete and consistent ethical worldview. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-3355 Old Testament Biblical Theology (3 credits)

A systematic study of Old Testament progressive revelation, this course utilizes a methodology sensitive to the factors of history, culture, different human authors, form, and emphasis. Prerequisites: BI-1111 Old Testament Survey and BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods. This course can be credited as an OT Bible elective or Theology elective.

TH-3356 New Testament Biblical Theology (3 credits)

A systematic study of New Testament progressive revelation, this course utilizes a methodology sensitive to the factors of history, culture, different human authors, genre, and emphasis, in order to reclaim its practical use and teaching for the church. Prerequisites: BI-1112 New Testament Survey and BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods. This course can be credited as a NT Bible elective or Theology elective.

TH-3361 Early Christian Thought (3 credits)

Students will examine the early church period from the apostolic era to approximately the seventh century, paying special attention to key figures and the theology that shaped the times. Connections will be drawn between early Christian beliefs and the practices that arose in that day. Major themes will include the relationship of Christianity to Roman society, the development of doctrine, and the interplay between Scripture and the church. Prerequisite: GSU-2222 Christianity and Western Culture II. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-3362 History of Ecumenism (3 credits)

This course provides a historical study of the question of unity and the attempts at reunion after the Reformation, with the purpose of understanding contemporary conditions of institutional dividedness and competing visions for the unity of the church. Disagreements over the key controversy of authority in formulating Christian doctrine are studied, as well as contributions toward its resolution. Rather than cause for the “scandal of disunity,” the Reformation is interpreted as a universal achievement in the development of Christian doctrine. Prerequisite: GSU-2222 Christianity and Western Culture II. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-3363 The European Reformations (3 credits)

Students will study the lives, doctrines, and practices of the major Protestant Reformers in their political, social, economic, and intellectual context. Special attention will be paid to the mainstream (magisterial) Reformation, focusing on Lutheranism, the various Reformed churches, and the English Reformation. The course will also consider Roman Catholic and Anabaptist responses. Prerequisite: GSU-2222 Christianity and Western Culture II. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-3364 History of American Protestant Thought (3 credits)

Surveying the development of the American Protestant tradition from the colonial period to the present, this course will emphasize evangelical movements, revivals, and revivalists. Special attention will be paid to various cultural factors that helped form American religious life. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-3391 Honors Tutorial in Theology (1 credit) Available through Moody Bible Institute Spokane ONLY

This is an in-depth investigation of selected primary texts in theology. The texts will be chosen in accord with the professor’s interests and competency and student interest. Honors tutorials are (1) dedicated to classic texts, (2) conducted in dialogue, (3) shaped by student participation and contribution, and (4) direct students toward original research. The course may be repeated for credit if the texts under investigation differ. This course is only offered to honors students on the Spokane campus.

TH-4411 Global Theology (3 credits)

This course provides an analysis of non-Euro-American theologies and theologians that have emerged from the expanding Christian church in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prerequisite: TH-3330 Systematic Theology I. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-4451 Apologetics (3 credits)

This course includes a survey and evaluation of various evangelical approaches to apologetics and an examination of various worldviews, with an emphasis on the development of a Christian worldview. Various current issues are explored. Prerequisite: TH-3340 Systematic Theology II.

TH-4461 Topics in Biblical Theology (3 credits)

An investigation of selected topics in biblical theology, topics will be chosen in accord with the professor’s interests and competencies, student interest, and the consent of the department. This course may be repeated for credit if the topic of study differs. Topics recently offered include “Theology of 1 Samuel,” “Pauline Theology,” and “Biblical Theology of Money and Possessions.” This course can be credited as a Bible or Theology elective.

TH-4462 Theology and Hermeneutics (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

The purpose of this class is to begin to think theologically about biblical hermeneutics. The modern biblical hermeneutical method tends to place controls on the text in order to facilitate uniform reading and interpretation of Scripture. In the process, modern exegetes have contended that good exegesis sets aside theological commitment when interpreting Scripture. In turn, theology has become the second step in the process. The goal has been neutrality, yet this stands in stark contrast to biblical interpretation in the history of the church, wherein pastor, theologian, and biblical exegete were all embodied in the same person. This course will examine issues in hermeneutics—literary, philosophical, and theological—in order to engage with the contemporary movement to rejoin theology and hermeneutics and to recapture reading Scripture as God’s Word to the church. Prerequisite: TH-3330 Systematic Theology or TH-2201 Theological Task and Bibliology. This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-4470 Directed Study in Theology (1–3 credits)

A directed reading/study program in one of the theological emphases for a limited number of students who each have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. To be arranged in consultation with the department chair and the faculty member involved. Prerequisites: Approval by the Chair of the Department of Theology prior to registration and GS 2222 Christianity & Western Culture II.

TH-4471 Topics in Systematic Theology (3 credits)

An investigation of selected topics in systematic theology, topics will be chosen in accord with the professor’s interests and competencies, student interest, and the consent of the department. The course may be repeated for credit if the topic of study differs. Topics recently offered include “Sin and Salvation,” “Spiritual Theology,” and “Ecclesiology.” This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-4472 Topics in Theology and Intercultural Studies (3 credits)

This is a theological investigation of selected topics in intercultural studies. Sections of this course are cross-listed with selected courses in the Department of Intercultural Studies (subject to Theology Department approval). This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-4481 Topics in Historical Theology (3 credits)

An investigation of selected topics in historical theology, topics will be chosen in accord with the professor’s interests and competencies, student interest, and the consent of the department. The course may be repeated for credit if the topic of study differs. Topics recently offered include “Calvin” and “Puritanism: History and Theology.” This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

TH-4490 Senior Seminar in Theology (3 credits)

A capstone course designed to integrate the disciplines of biblical, historical, apologetic/ philosophical, and systematic theology, this course will encourage interdisciplinary interaction over theological issues, reading, and presentations (by students and faculty). It will also include a theology review exam and a senior thesis to foster greater competence in theology. Prerequisites: TH-2280 The Theologian’s Craft and TH-4451 Apologetics.

TH-4491 Topics in Apologetic/Philosophical Theology (3 credits)

An investigation of selected topics in apologetics/philosophical theology, topics will be chosen in accord with the professor’s interests and competencies, student interest, and the consent of the department. The course may be repeated for credit if the topic of study differs. Topics recently offered include “Existentialism,” “Philosophy for Theology,” “C. S. Lewis and Francis Schaeffer,” and “Presuppositional Apologetics.” This course can be credited as a Theology elective.

FE-4400 Ministry Internship (3 credits)

All majors are required to complete a field-related ministry internship in which the student will be teaching the biblical and theological concepts acquired in the academic program of the department. The internship is to be arranged with the Department Chair and completed before the senior year. If the internship is to be pursued during the summer, a minimum of six weeks of experience will be required. If pursued during the fall or spring semesters, a minimum of ten weeks of experience will be required. Prerequisite: Approval by the Chair of the Department of Theology prior to registration.

The following courses are also delivered by the Department of Theology:

GSU-2221 Christianity and Western Culture I (3 credits)

This course explores the relationship and development of Christianity and Western culture from the ancient world through the early and high medieval periods. The course examines the intellectual, social, and cultural history of the West as it relates to Christian life and thought. Special attention is given to the historical setting for the origins and growth of the Christian church. The course demonstrates the mutually formative interaction that took place between the church and society from Greco-Roman times to feudal Europe and the emergence of Christendom. Prerequisites: BI-1112 New Testament Survey and TH-1110 The Church and its Doctrines. (Delivered by the Department of Theology.)

GSU-2222 Christianity and Western Culture II (3 credits)

This course continues to explore the relationship between the development of Christianity and Western culture from the late medieval context through the Reformation and the modern and postmodern eras. The course examines the intellectual, social, and cultural history of the West as it relates to Christian life and thought. Special attention is given to the origins and outworking of the Reformation in Western culture. The course demonstrates the ongoing mutual nature of influence between Christianity and social, political, and philosophical currents of Western life. Prerequisite GSU-2221 Christianity and Western Culture I. (Delivered by the Department of Theology.)

GSU-2250 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits) Also available through Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning

This is an introductory study of philosophy, partly historical and partly topical, examining the methods and assumptions of philosophical systems, theories of knowledge, metaphysics, values, ethics, philosophy of religion, and the worldviews of leading philosophers in these areas. The course considers some of the trends in contemporary philosophy, and emphasizes the development of a Christian philosophy of life. (Delivered by the Department of Theology.)

 

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