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Course Descriptions

 

ONLINE UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Moody Bible Institute is fully accredited and all online Bible and Theology courses qualify for ACSI certification. View the Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning general course offering lists on the learning venues page for the schedule of classes. Undergraduate textbooks are available at moody.edu/books


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BI 1103 Reading the Old Testament (4 credits)

Examination of the interpretive techniques necessary in the interpretation of the major genres of the Old Testament. Emphasis placed on the discussion of key theological themes appearing in a variety of Old Testament texts. Methods for moving from the interpretation of Old Testament texts to the development of theology introduced.

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BI 1104 Reading the New Testament (4 credits)

Examination of the interpretive techniques necessary in the interpretation of the major genres of the New Testament. Emphasis placed on the discussion of key theological themes appearing in a variety of New Testament texts. Methods for moving from the interpretation of New Testament texts to the development of theology introduced.

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BI 1111 Old Testament Survey (4 credits)

A chronological survey of Old Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the Old Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice.

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BI 1112 New Testament Survey (4 credits)

A chronological survey of New Testament people, places, and events, this course highlights the basic message of the New Testament books, their contribution to God’s redemptive storyline, and their significance for Christian thought and practice.

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BI 2201 Interpreting Scripture (3 credits)

This course guides students in the interpretive techniques utilized in the study of the Scriptures. Emphasis is placed on understanding the primacy of the Scriptures in the intersection of text and experience, as well as the benefits and hindrances of one's own preunderstandings in the study of the biblical text. Necessity of interpreting culture and context to adequately apply the Scriptures will also be discussed.

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BI 2211 John (3 credits)

Come to know Jesus Christ better through the study of His life as uniquely presented by the apostle John. Learn the basic content of each chapter, follow the flow of John's emphasis on belief throughout the book, delineate the key events and teachings of Christ, and experience personal growth in your own life through them.

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BI 2214 Acts (3 credits)

This examination into the book of Acts will enable students to understand the birth and growth of the church under the sovereign direction of the resurrected Christ. The emphasis is on understanding the purpose of the book, with special consideration given to the literary structure of the book, problem passages, church growth, and personal application.

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BI 2230 Bible Introduction (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the origin, transmission, and translation of the Bible, including its inspiration, canonization, preservation, and textual reconstruction. This course also addresses the major historical-critical questions that relate to the Bible’s authority, and provides the student with an apologetic for the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture.

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BI 2260 Historical Geography of Ancient Israel (3 credits)

This course is a survey of the principal physical features of the land of Israel, and a review of the historical geography of Israel for all the important periods in the Old and New Testaments, with attention to the relationship between Israel's geography and her history. Prerequisite: GSU-1115 The Story and Structure of the Bible. May be taken concurrently with GSU-1115.

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BI 2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods (3 credits)

This course examines the principles and practices of biblical interpretation, as well as the primary tools for biblical research. Students will become acquainted with the history of interpretation and a defense of the literal-historical-grammatical approach. Hermeneutical strategies will be used to interpret various literary genres, examine historical and literary contexts, analyze structural relationships, perform word studies, and develop principles for practical application. Prerequisites: BI-1111 Old Testament Survey, BI-1112 New Testament Survey, and MS-1102 Studying and Teaching the Bible.

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BI 2281 Greek Grammar I (4 credits)

This course is an introductory study of New Testament Greek, including intensive drill in vocabulary, conjugations, declensions, and grammatical constructions, with translation of sentences from the textbook. This course cannot be credited as a Bible elective.

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BI 2282 Greek Grammar II (4 credits)

This course is a continuation of BI-2281, including intensive drill in new vocabulary, conjugations, declensions, and grammatical constructions, with translation of sentences from the textbook. Prerequisite: BI-2281 Greek Grammar I. This course cannot be credited as a Bible elective.

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BI 3301 Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds and the Old Testament (3 credits)

This course leads the student in the use of comparative studies in the interpretation of the Old Testament. Emphasis is placed on the review of broad themes drawn from the ancient Near East and their relevance to the study of Scripture. Perspectives on the method of comparative studies are also addressed.

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BI 3302 Second Temple Jewish Backgrounds (3 credits)

This course provides students with an introduction to various social, cultural, political, and religious aspects of the Second Temple Jewish world. Emphasis is placed on the use of Second Temple Jewish backgrounds in the interpretation of various New Testament texts. Course focuses on the application of Jewish backgrounds in a specific biblical book. Prerequisite: GSU-1115 The Story and Structure of the Bible. May be taken concurrently with GSU-1115.

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BI 3312 Genesis (3 credits)

Presenting a holistic view of Genesis while seeking to examine specific exegetical problems, students are introduced to historical, cultural, literary, and methodological issues. Emphasis is on the book's purpose and message through its biblical-theological development in order to reclaim its practical use and teaching in the church. Prerequisite: MS-1102 Studying and Teaching the Bible (or BI-4402 Teaching the Scriptures).

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BI 3316 Major Prophets I (3 credits)

An examination of the book of Isaiah, this course emphasizes the theological significance of the purpose and message of the book for both Old and New Testaments. Special attention is given to its historical background and the critical issues surrounding the book, while focusing primarily on a detailed analysis of the content.

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BI 3323 The Life of Christ (3 credits)

A comprehensive study, both thematically and chronologically, of the earthly life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, this course will help students interpret correctly and discover the practical application of key events and discourses. This course is not open to freshmen.

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BI 3325 Pauline Epistles I (3 credits)

In this expository study of 1 and 2 Corinthians, attention is given to the background, church problems, doctrine, and practical applications of these books. Prerequisite: BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods (or BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture).

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BI 3333 Hebrews (3 credits)

An exposition of the book of Hebrews emphasizes the preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ in His deity and high priestly ministry as a fulfillment of Old Testament theology. This course applies the great spiritual truths of Hebrews to everyday living and Christian service. This course is not open to freshmen.

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BI 4402 Teaching the Scriptures (4 credits)

This course guides students through an investigation of a setting (e.g., church, family, workplace) and the social groups and/or individuals that operate within it. Emphasis is placed on the use of frameworks for contextual and audience analysis and effective communication. Students will create a teaching outline and lesson as part of this course. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.

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BI 4404 Applying Scripture in the Contemporary World (3 credit)

This course will address contemporary issues impacting the church through the analysis of biblical texts. Emphasis is placed on the development of action plans to address identified concerns.

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BI 4405 Interpreting Isaiah for Teaching (3 credits)

Evaluates the book of Isaiah utilizing a variety of interpretive techniques. Specific passages and theological issues will also be addressed. Emphasis placed on the development of interpretations of the book that will be utilized to create teaching and/or preaching outlines for use in various ministry contexts. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.

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BI 4406 Interpreting Romans for Teaching (3 credits)

Evaluates the book of Romans utilizing a variety of interpretive techniques. Specific passages and theological issues will also be addressed. Emphasis placed on the development of interpretations of the book that will be utilized to create teaching and/or preaching outlines that will serve as the foundation for student work in BI-4402 Teaching the Scriptures and/or PS-3330 Communication of Biblical Truth. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.

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BI 4410 Romans (3 credits)

This is an expository study of Paul’s epistle to the Romans that stresses its contribution to the doctrines of salvation and sanctification, and to understanding the place of Israel and the church in the divine plan. This course also assesses important perspectives on how to interpret Romans, as well as explores how the theological and ethical principles of the epistle contribute to spiritual formation and relevant issues in contemporary society. Prerequisites: BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods (or BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture) and TH-3330 Systematic Theology I (or TH-3321 Survey of Theology II).

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BI 4495 Biblical Studies Capstone (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to review, discover, and cement the overall goals of the Biblical Studies program. Objectives include the testing and refining of the following: writing, critical thinking, and communications skills; analytical, synthetic, and hermeneutical skills in interpreting the Bible and theology; the development of a personal doctrinal statement. Normally this course is taken at the end of the program.

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CRI 2208 Introduction to Statistics (3 credits)

A survey of the fundamental methods and concepts of statistics. Emphasis placed on the analysis and use of statistics. Principles of data analysis and an introduction to "big data" will also be addressed.

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CRI 2209 Introduction to Economics (3 credits)

An introduction to the basic principles of economics and the evaluation of the manner in which economic concerns impact global conversation. Surveys the economic roles of private and governmental entities, as well as areas such as market types, distribution of income and wealth, and economic policy.

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CRI 2215 Principles of Accounting (3 credits)

A basic understanding of the logic behind the principles of accounting for the non-accounting student, enabling them to prepare, read, analyze, and interpret financial statements for the purpose of decision making. Ethical business practices are stressed throughout all phases of the course.

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CRI 3303 Problem Solving and the Challenges of the Church (3 credits)

This course will guide students in the development of a critical consciousness through the analysis of various issues facing the contemporary church. Emphasis is placed on the ability to think critically, assess information, and develop consistent and coherent arguments which seek to address the challenges of the Christian church worldwide.

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CUL 2200 Introduction to Cultural Studies (3 credits)

An introduction to the theories, concerns, and methods in cultural studies. Emphasis placed on the evaluation of various works within cultural studies, as well as on the application of particular methods. Prerequisite: GSU-1107 Foundations of Learning or junior status. May be taken concurrently with GSU-1107.

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CUL 3300 Communicating in a Globalized World (3 credits)

An examination of challenges and opportunities in communicating within a technology rich, increasingly global and multi-cultural world. Emphasis placed both on modes of communication, as well as the analysis of cultural intelligence in various forms of communication.

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CUL 3301 Analyzing Cultural Challenges: Action Research (3 credits)

An introduction to the theory and practice of action research methodologies. Focus on the application of action research methods to a cultural challenge. Data gathering, organization, and analysis will also be addressed.

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CUL 4400 Discourse and Globalization (3 credits)

An exploration of discourse from a variety of sources including academic and popular literature, podcasts, and other social media. Issues related to qualitative research and the development of themes will be addressed. Prerequisites: CUL-2201 Understanding Worldviews and TH-2210 Theology and Culture.

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CUL 4401 Leading Cultural Change (3 credits)

An examination of the techniques, attitudes, and skills needed to bring lasting change within a particular culture. Focus given to personal skills needed to influence people and cultures. Strategies for bringing about change will also be addressed. Prerequisite: CUL-4400 Discourse and Globalization. May be taken concurrently with CUL-4400.

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CUL 4402 Innovation and Cultural Challenges (3 credits)

An application of techniques drawn from the field of innovation to the analysis of cultural challenges. Emphasis placed on the development of new paradigms and potential means for addressing cultural challenges. Evaluation of new paradigms will also be addressed. Prerequisite: CUL-4400 Discourse and Globalization.

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CUL 4403 Cultural Studies Project Research (3 credits)

Utilizing skills gained across the curriculum, students will research a particular cultural challenge using appropriate primary and/or secondary research methods. Prerequisite: CUL-4400 Discourse and Globalization.

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CUL 4404 Cultural Studies Major Project (3 credits)

Utilizing skills gained across the curriculum, students will analyze a particular cultural challenge from a biblical and theological perspective, as well as developing a proposal for addressing that challenge. Prerequisite: CUL-4403 Cultural Studies Project Research.

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ED 1111 Foundations of Biblical Leadership (3 credits)

This course focuses on the attitude, knowledge, practice, and skills needed to become a successful life-long learner. Emphasis placed on introducing and integrating biblical, theological, and leadership scholarship, as well as assessing one's current understanding of leadership.

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ED 3303 Foundations for Children and Family Ministry (3 credits)

In order to create a biblically informed philosophy and model of children and family ministry, topics as parent discipleship, children’s spiritual formation, age of accountability, church ordinances, and other appropriate issues will be investigated. Attention is also given to the life of the children’s minister and the importance of nurturing one’s relationship with Christ. Prerequisite: TH-1105 The Old Testament and Theology and TH-1106 The New Testament and Theology, or TH-1110 The Church and Its Doctrines.

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ED 3309 Principles of Leadership (3 credits)

Special attention is given to cultivating spiritually healthy leadership qualities within the leader and to the function of the leader in facilitating positive team relationships and environments within Christian organizations, including: creating trust, conflict resolution, effective systems, empowering others, etc.

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ED 3314 Principles of Administration (3 credits)

This course establishes a biblical foundation and basic strategies for effective administration in ministry. Teachings and examples found in Scripture are combined with proven ministry experience to describe five key elements of effective administration: planning, organizing, recruiting, leading, and evaluating. The student will practice strategies of effective administration by applying it in a ministry context.

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ED 3315 Capstone: Impacting Sustainable Change (3 credits)

An investigation of the principles and processes related to the field of Action Research and the role it plays in impacting sustainable change. Emphasis placed on applying the leadership principles and skills required in the Certificate of Biblical Leadership program to everyday ministry roles.

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ED 3322 Special Needs Children and Family Ministry (3 credits)

This course focuses on families with special needs children who are atypical in learning, sensory, social and physical development with the goal of understanding and learning appropriate teaching and helping skills for the benefit of these children and their families. With a strong theological and biblical approach so as to create an effective ministry mindset, a variety of topics as Autism, ADHD, genetic disorders and physical disabilities as well as identifying unique family needs will be considered. Open to juniors and seniors only.

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ED 3340 Marriage and Family Systems (3 credits)

This sociology course examines the nature and needs of various family systems. Students study family structures, issues, concerns, problems, and dynamics. A theology of the family will be developed. As part of this course, an examination of the Christian family will be considered, including the biblical basis, distinctives, and functions for the family; preparing for Christian marriage; family roles and relationships; and parenting and child training. Prerequisites: GSU-1112 Research Writing and MS-1102 Studying and Teaching the Bible (or enrolled in a Moody Bible Institute Distance Learning degree program). Course offered every semester.

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ED 3342 Teaching and Ministry Skills for Children and Family Ministry (3 credits)

This course begins with a brief overview of different children’s ministry models and an investigation of teaching methods from a theologically informed Christian worldview. Relevant ministry topics such as worship, Bible study, and faith development for the child and family will be discussed. Teaching paradigms and skills with creative elements such as object lessons, drama, storytelling, and technology will be investigated, modeled, and then practiced by students. Ministry skills needed to lead and ensure a safe, effective ministry to children will be taught. Field experience, ministry observations, and guest speakers are a part of this course’s hands-on learning. Prerequisite: ED-3303 Foundations for Children and Family Ministry.

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ED 3366 People Helping Skills (3 credits)

This course introduces students to fundamental ministry skills as a lay counselor that assists people in times of difficulty. Students gain an understanding for the people-helping process and are equipped with skills in listening and responding to needs of others in a Christian manner. Only open to juniors in the Bachelor of Science degrees.

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ED 3371 Introduction to Disability and the Church (3 credits)

Students will learn different models and definitions of disability and examine the historical, societal, ethical and religious attitudes that have affected people with disabilities and led to their marginalization in much of society and the church. They will examine biblical passages related to disability and learn a biblical model of disability.

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ED 3372 Engaging Disability In the Church (3 Credits)

Students will explore the concept of belonging in the church and learn inclusive practices for integrating people with disabilities throughout their life cycle into the following five practical areas of church life: corporate worship, Christian education, congregational care, community life and serving. Focus will be given to the role of the church ordinances in belonging. Prerequisite: ED-3371 Introduction to Disability and the Church.

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ED 3373 Supporting Families Impacted by Disability (3 credits)

Students will explore the unique challenges that face families who have a member with a disability. Students will learn to partner with families in providing support through the development of a sensitive intake process, provision of proactive and reactive practical supports and becoming advocates for families in the church and community. Students will learn various methodologies for encouraging and equipping the congregation, church leadership and volunteers to provide the necessary supports. Prerequisite: ED-3371 Introduction to Disability and the Church.

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ED 4405 Parenting and Family Programming (3 credits)

This course explores the study of parent-child relationships from infancy through adulthood and the systemic and environmental factors which have an impact upon family dynamics. The student will learn to lead and execute a ministry plan, making use of administrative skills, program management and interpersonal leadership skills for mentoring, small group and large group environments.

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ED 4424 Practices of Leadership (3 credits)

This course is the last of a three-course series that brings into practice the principles learned in ED-3309 and ED-3314. This course will engage students in real-life leadership situations and circumstances. It approaches leadership first by the personal/spiritual evaluation of the leader, and then transitions into the practice of solving distinct leadership problems based on biblical principles and critical thinking.

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FE 4400 Ministry Internship (3–6 credits)

The ministry internship provides a one- or two-semester experience in a Christian organization that requires skills directly related to the student's academic preparation. Students will be given an opportunity to confirm the call to their chosen ministry path. Students will serve under the supervision of faculty within the department of their major. Internships usually are scheduled for the student's senior year. However, in some cases, internships may take place over the summer (normally between the student's junior and senior years). In these instances, PCM fulfillment may be required during the senior academic year. All internships require the advanced approval of the student's faculty advisor as well as the Department of Field Education. Prerequisite: Student must be classified as a junior or senior. Academic departments may establish other prerequisites or enrollment limitations.

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GSU 1107 Foundations of Learning (3 credits)

This course focuses on the attitude, knowledge, practice, and skills needed to become a successful learner. Emphasis is placed on principles of personal effectiveness and study strategies. Course also includes an introduction to the philosophy of learning utilized throughout the program, as well as incorporating a variety of assessments to assist students in understanding their personal learning style.

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GSU 1110 College Writing (3 credits)

Trains students in essay writing and critical reading using process approach involving methods of prewriting, organizing, developing ideas, and revising.

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GSU 1112 Research Writing (3 credits)

Trains students in research writing and analytical reading by focusing on a research paper including thesis development, gathering and evaluation of source material, organization, and MLA documentation.

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GSU 1115 The Story and Structure of the Bible (3 credits)

An overview of the main plotline of the books that form the canon of Protestant scripture. Important subthemes and characters will also be explored. Issues of continuity and discontinuity between the Old and New Testaments also addressed.

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GSU 1120 Speech Communication (3 credits)

This is a practice-oriented introduction to public speaking, small group, and interpersonal communications skills. Attention is given to the fundamental process of ideas, organization of materials, speaker-listener relationship, and group dynamics, along with the use of the voice, articulation, and body expression. Course fee required.

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GSU 1131 Physical Sciences (3 credits)

An introduction to the universal principles that operate in our physical world. Provides the facts, vocabulary, and concepts necessary for understanding issues in contemporary society and for the integration of faith and natural science.

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GSU 1132 Life Sciences (3 credits)

An introduction to the universal principles that operate in biology and chemistry. Provides the facts, vocabulary, and concepts necessary for understanding issues in contemporary society and for the integration of faith and natural science.

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GSU 2202 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3 credits)

This course provides students with the skills necessary for analyzing and critiquing the messages and arguments presented by the world around us in a variety of media. Emphasis is placed on the construction of reasoned, defensible responses to specified instances of discourse. Reflective thinking in which the student identifies the weaknesses of one's own arguments is also addressed.

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GSU 2203 Self and Social Identity in Christianity (4 credits)

Explores the complex relationships contributing to identity formation. Focus given to the exploration of identity from theological, cultural, and intercultural perspectives. Emphasis placed on the evaluation of identity shaping structures within society, as well as on the development of strategies for cultivating a biblical identity. Prerequisite: GSU-1107 Foundations of Learning or junior status. May be taken concurrently with GSU-1107.

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GSU 2210 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

This course examines historic and contemporary psychological theories of maturity, motivation, personality, emotions, and mental health. Theories are understood, evaluated, and, where appropriate, integrated with biblical teachings about human nature and the Christian life. This course fulfills the General Studies social science elective requirement.

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GSU 2213 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)

This survey course deals with the principles of social structure, social institutions, social processes, and social change, and gives special attention to religious institutions to help students understand and relate Christianity to a secular society. This course fulfills the General Studies social science elective requirement.

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GSU 2250 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credits)

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.

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HUM 1109 Introduction to Literature (3 credits)

This course is a college-level introduction to literature in which the student will learn to think and react to literature in a meaningful manner. Students will be able to distinguish between literary genres and build general and specific interpretive skills that will make them capable and discerning readers of imaginative literature. The structure of this course is twofold: materials will be presented according to genre; and fewer texts will be examined in order to provide a more in-depth study rather than an extensive sampling. The successful completion of this course will yield recognition of how literature and human imagination play a vital part in the Christian pilgrimage and ministry. The student will learn to evaluate ideas and to apply learning to life situations.

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HUM 2267 Christian Worship (3 credits)

A study of the biblical components of public and private worship. Focuses on the meaning, role, and effects of worship, praise, prayer, and music in various cultural settings.

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MN 4400 Planning New Ministry Ventures (3 credits)

An investigation of the processes related to the development of a strategy including, but not necessarily limited to, the identification of opportunities, the design of sustainable models, and funding new venues. Differentiation from other organizations or offerings, as well as the creation of a unique value proposition are also addressed.

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MN 4401 Executing Strategy (3 credits)

An examination of the disciplines associated with the implementation of strategy. Issues related to organizational culture, leadership practices, measurement, and other activities associated with the execution of strategy.

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MS 1100 Spiritual Life and Community (3 credits)

A foundational course focusing on the nature of discipleship and an introduction to the foundational principles of the spiritual life, this course will examine the nature and obligations of the spiritual life and the principles and practices that nurture it. It will explore the relationship between grace and effort in spiritual development and introduce the student to the disciplines of the spiritual life, with the goal of developing lifelong patterns and practice. It will also explore the relationship between the spiritual life and the local church.

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MS 1102 Studying and Teaching the Bible (4 credits)

This course develops skills in inductive Bible study, assessment of learner needs and issues, and the design of effective Bible lessons. This course seeks to equip students to study the English Bible accurately using basic principles of observation and interpretation of the biblical text. Building on this foundation, students learn to assess their audience and develop an appropriate Bible-based lesson for that audience. Students are introduced to fundamental principles of the teaching-learning process and are guided in the application of those principles to the teaching of the Scriptures.

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MS 1103 Christian Missions (3 credits)

This course introduces students to five dimensions of global Disciplemaking: the biblical basis, the historical dimension, the cultural dimension, the contemporary dimension, and the local church dimension.

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MS 4401 Integration of Faith, Work, and Economy (3 credits)

This course is a study of the theology of work, its goodness and importance, the callings of people within and outside the church, and the integration of faith, work, and economic activity in the ways that people pursue excellence and find meaning and fulfillment in personal (spiritual) and professional life. It includes an exegesis of multiple contexts with a view to help the church in three primary ways: (1) by empowering laypeople for a whole life, meaning, and 24/7 discipleship; (2) by equipping them to take biblical workplace values and insights into a diverse and global marketplace that does not possess a clear faith or biblical worldview and to live and describe their approach to life and work in an appealing, constructive, and positive way; (3) by casting a vision for virtuous membership and participation in civic community.

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MU 1113 Worship and Music (1 credit)

A course designed to help non-music majors explore the relationship between worship and music.

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OWC 2206 Communicating Scripture through Audio and Video Technology (3 credits)

This course guides students in the effective use of web-based audio and video technology, identifying online resources for audio and video production, storage, and hosting, as well as discussing strategies for marketing podcasts and vodcasts. Emphasis is placed on strategic, responsible, and innovative use of technology in communicating Scripture in media settings.

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OWC 3302 Communicating in Organizations (3 credits)

This course analyzes the significance of organizational communication. Emphasis is placed on the development of effective communication strategies with attention being given to diverse modes of communication. Discussion of the impact of leadership, culture, and teamwork will also be addressed, as will the ethics of communication.

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PS 2253 Theology and Philosophy of Ministry to Women (3 credits)

A biblical and theological study of the role of women in the ministry of the local church. It will examine the significant contribution women have made in the church's ministry, from the New Testament era to the present. It will also discuss the nature and place of women's ministries in church and parachurch contexts. The student will formulate a biblically based philosophy of ministry as a result of this course.

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PS 2264 Contemporary Strategies of Ministry to Women (3 credits)

The student will be exposed to a variety of contemporary models and current programs of ministry to women. Students will study principles of team building, ministry management, techniques for planning special events, and develop strategies for implementing a ministry to women in the local church.

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PS 3310 The Church and Its Ministries (3 credits)

Students will study the nature of the church, its structure, purpose and how these shape its approach to ministry. The course will survey historic approaches to church leadership and provide students with an opportunity to explore their own congregational heritage.

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PS 3321 Discipling and Mentoring Women (3 credits)

In this course the student will study the practice of discipleship and mentoring as it relates to women. Biblical patterns of discipleship and mentoring will be explored with special emphasis on the task of mentoring women. As a part of this course, students will meet in peer groups to practice mentoring and discipleship.

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PS 3322 Ministry to Women in Pain (3 credits)

This course concentrates on those whose special needs are a particular challenge within the context of ministry to women. Special attention will be given to those who have experienced physical and sexual abuse, single women, and mothers.

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PS 3330 Communication of Biblical Truth (3 credits)

An examination of the structure and preparation of expositional messages, the major emphasis is on formulating a homiletical idea from a biblical text and developing and supporting it with appropriate application to a given audience. Students prepare and deliver messages in class. Prerequisites: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture and enrolled in any MBIDL academic program (or BI-2280 Hermeneutics/Bible Study Methods and GSU-1120 Speech Communication; or GSU-1120 Speech Communication and enrolled in BSMAT major). Course offered every semester.

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PS 3340 Theology of Biblical Preaching (3 credits)

This course examines the theology of biblical preaching. It explores the nature of preaching by analyzing the divine and human dimensions of the preaching event. Students will develop a theological framework for the practice of biblical proclamation.

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PS 3342 Ministry Leadership and Staff Relationships (3 credits)

This course includes a study of the principles of effective leadership and administration for church-based ministries. It integrates biblical principles for church leadership with principles of organizational communication and management. Attention will be given to the dynamics of ministering in a congregational setting where there are multiple staff members. It will discuss the nature and techniques of successful ministry in such a context.

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PS 3382 The Care of the Ministry Leader’s Soul (3 credits)

This course will help the student assess and diagnose the state of their soul and acquire habits and practices promoting spiritual health. Included is an exploration into the concepts of soul care, spiritual formation, and spiritual direction. Focus is placed on developing the spiritual health of the ministry leader in order that they may promote spiritual vitality in those to whom they minister.

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PS 4410 The Church and the Community (3 credits)

This course will provide students with a framework for engaging the community. Students will learn principles and strategies for community involvement and development. Students will also acquire skills for grant writing and community networking.

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PS 4430 Narrative Messages (3 credits)

A study of homiletical style, delivery, and development of effective communication with an audience. Special emphasis is placed on preaching from a biblical narrative. Student messages are evaluated by both professor and classmates. Prerequisite: PS-3330 Communication of Biblical Truth.

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PS 4433 Evangelistic Messages (3 credits)

A study of effective principles of communication as they relate to the proclamation of the gospel. Exploration of concepts of audience analysis and its relationship to persuasive preaching. Students will prepare several evangelistic messages and deliver them in class. Prerequisite: PS3330 Communication of Biblical Truth.

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PS 4440 Structure and Style in Biblical Preaching (3 credits)

A study of biblical preaching with an emphasis on advanced expositional techniques. Special attention will be given to structure, style, imagination, and the use of creativity in message development and delivery. Prerequisite: PS-4430 Narrative Messages. May be taken concurrently with PS4430.

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PS 4463 Cultural Dynamics of Congregational Ministry (3 credits)

This course examines the human and religious dynamics that affect congregational ministry. It will explore the differences in thinking and values that affect ministry. Special attention will be given to the differences between ministry in the smaller church and larger congregation and to the nature and importance of congregational culture.

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SF 3301 Theology and Practice in the Early Church through the Reformation (3 credits)

An analysis of the theology, methods, and practices of key figures from the ancient church through the reformation. Evaluates conceptions of theology in comparison to various subsets of theology, including systematic, pastoral, and biblical theology, in modern academic discourse. Prerequisite: TH-3302 Method for Biblical Theology.

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SF 3302 Theology and Practice in the Modern World (3 credits)

An exploration of theological discourses within the university and the church, as well as an analysis of the relationship between those discourses. Examines of the postmodern shift in theology, as well as contemporary trends within theology and potential future prospects for theology as an ongoing practice within the church. Prerequisite: TH-3302 Method for Biblical Theology.

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SF 4401 Christ and the Spirit (3 credits)

A consideration of the relationship between Christology and Pneumatology. Develops an understanding of these doctrines, as representative of systematic theology as a whole, and their significance to the life of the church and to individual believers. Prerequisite: TH-3304 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May be taken concurrently with TH-3304.

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SF 4402 Communities and Spiritual Formation (3 credits)

An evaluation of relationship between individual formation and one’s own social setting. Emphasis placed on the investigation of structural evil and power relations and how they impact the formation of individuals. Individual responsibility for impacting their context is also addressed. Prerequisite: TH-4402 The Church and Salvation. May be taken concurrently with TH-4402.

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SF 4403 Theological Ethics and the Christian Life (3 credits)

An integrative study investigating the connections between theological ethics, the Trinity, and the life and ongoing formation of believers. Focus placed on the development of a framework for ethics as a Christian task flowing from transformation in Christ by the Spirit. Prerequisite: TH-4401 Christian Anthropology and Hamartiology. May be taken concurrently with TH-4401.

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SF 4404 Reflection and Practice in Spiritual Formation (3 credits)

An experiential study of spiritual formation techniques tailored to the individual student. Emphasis placed on the choice and execution of practices within the life of the student. Techniques to cultivate consistent practice will also be discussed.

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SF 4405 Discipline in Spiritual Formation (3 credits)

An experiential study of various spiritually formative disciplines. Focus placed on reflective techniques leading to the revision of spiritual practice. Integration of theology with spiritual practice will also be addressed.

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SOC 2204 Media, Culture, and the Church (3 credits)

This course surveys the field of media ecology, as well as identifying the workings of media in relation to culture. The goals and values, organization, and potential for constructing reality will be discussed with reference to the local church or other Christian ministry. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of specific examples of media and the manner in which those examples shape one's view of reality.

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SOC 3301 Race, Gender, and Class in World Systems and the Church (3 credits)

This course evaluates the concepts of race, gender, and class from a sociological and biblical perspective. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of race, gender, and class within various institutional contexts including the Christian church. Discussion of the manner in which race, gender, and class are related to the development and persistence of specific power relations will also be addressed.

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SOC 4402 Applied Human Development I (3 credits)

This course guides students in the analysis of human growth and development across major life stages spanning birth to adolescence. Emphasis is placed on integration of a biblical perspective on human development. Insights from human development will be utilized in conjunction with the Scriptures to create developmentally appropriate discipleship strategies.

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SOC 4403 Applied Human Development II (3 credits)

This course guides students in the analysis of human growth and development across major life stages beginning after adolescence and spanning the various stages of adulthood. Emphasis placed on integration of a biblical perspective on human development. Insights from human development will be utilized in conjunction with the Scriptures to create developmentally appropriate discipleship strategies.

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TH 1102 Survey of Historical Theology (3 credits)

This course surveys historical movements in theology up to the eighteenth century. Major figures, controversies, creeds, and theological works will be addressed. Significance of historical theology to the modern church emphasized. Prerequisite: GSU-1107 Foundations of Learning or junior status. May be taken concurrently with GSU-1107.

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TH 1103 Survey of Contemporary Theology (3 credits)

This course introduces a variety of approaches to the development of contextual theology including theologies of liberation, feminist theology, and other non-Western theological formulations. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of approaches and the identification of strengths and weaknesses. Perspectives on the similarities between contextual and western theologies will also be addressed. Prerequisite: GSU-1107 Foundations of Learning or junior status. May be taken concurrently with GSU-1107.

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TH 1105 The Old Testament and Theology (3 credits)

Investigation of a variety of theologies derived from the Old Testament. Targets areas of theology in both Western and non-Western theological thinking. Emphasis placed on the construction of theology based on the interpretation of Old Testament texts. Prerequisite: GSU-1107 Foundations of Learning or junior status. May be taken concurrently with GSU-1107.

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TH 1106 The New Testament and Theology (3 credits)

Investigation of a variety of theologies derived from the Old Testament. Targets areas of theology in both Western and non-Western theological thinking. Emphasis placed on the construction of theology based on the interpretation of Old Testament texts. Prerequisite: GSU-1107 Foundations of Learning or junior status. May be taken concurrently with GSU-1107.

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TH 1110 The Church and Its Doctrines (3 credits)

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 also will introduce the various branches of theology.

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TH 2201 The Theological Task and Bibliology (3 credits)

This course guides students in the investigation of theological prolegomena, the character of theology, and bibliology. Emphasis is placed on the essentially active nature of theology and the methods utilized in theological research. The role of the Scriptures in the life of the church is also addressed, as well as developing a theology of the Word. Prerequisite: GSU-1107 Foundations of Learning or junior status. May be taken concurrently with GSU-1107.

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TH 2210 Theology and Culture (3 credits)

An evaluation of the relationship between theology and culture. Emphasis placed on the transformative nature of theology. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.

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TH 2211 Theology in a Globalized World (3 credits)

An examination of the factors impacting the global community, as well as the interdependence between individuals, corporations, and nations. Emphasis placed on the impact of globalization on theological method. Issues related to human rights and social concerns are also addressed. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.

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TH 3302 Method for Biblical Theology (3 credits)

This course guides students through the application of methods used in the development of biblical theologies. Features of specific authors, literary genres, and the purpose of specific works, as well as historical and cultural influences, will be examined. Course is focused on a selected topic in biblical theology. Distinction between biblical and systematic theology will also be addressed. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture. May be taken concurrently with BI-2201.

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TH 3304 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (3 credits)

This course guides students in the investigation of theology proper, Christology, and pneumatology, as well as evaluating various views of the Trinitarian relation and its implications for the Christian life. Emphasis is placed on the implications of these theologies for the practice of Christian ministry. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.

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TH 3305 Theology of Social Justice and Righteousness (3 credits)

Examination of the biblical and theological basis for social justice and righteousness. Human rights discourses will be evaluated. Emphasis placed on the development of a biblical and theological orientation to social justice and righteousness. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.

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TH 4401 Christian Anthropology and Hamartiology (3 credits)

This course investigates the doctrines of anthropology and hamartiology. The creation and fall of humanity, as well as the nature of sin and its consequences will be evaluated. Course will also address the reciprocal relationship between structural evil and individual humans and the manner in which this relationship impacts the contemporary church. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.

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TH 4402 The Church and Salvation (3 credits)

This course examines the doctrines of ecclesiology and soteriology. The relationship between these two doctrines is explored. Emphasis is placed on the role of the church in society and the manner in which the body of Christ functions within God's overall plan of restoration. Eschatology will also be addressed with regard to its position at the end of salvation, as well as the implications of one's eschatological views for understanding the role of the church in society. Prerequisite: BI-2201 Interpreting Scripture.

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TH 4403 Philosophy and Theology (4 credits)

This course guides students through the investigation of various philosophical positions and their bearing on Christian theology. Emphasis is placed on the application of theological concepts to the study of Christian theology.

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TH 4404 Theological Thought (4 credits)

This course leads students through the development of responsible theological thought in relation to issues and concerns in society and the church. Emphasis is placed on the evaluation of specified issues and concerns through reflection on multiple theological themes. Methods for analyzing and defending various positions of the church are also introduced. Prerequisites: GSU-2250 Introduction to Philosophy and TH-3302 Method for Biblical Theology. May be taken concurrently with GSU-2250 and TH-3302.

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TH 4405 Doing Theology in the Church (4 credits)

This course focuses on the communication of theology within the church. Emphasis is placed on the explanation of academic theology within a specific ecclesial context for the promotion of theological literacy. Models and strategies for cultivating theological reflection in the church are evaluated. Students will create an action plan for cultivating theological literacy within their local church. Prerequisites: TH-3302 Method for Biblical Theology and TH-4402 The Church and Salvation.

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TH 4406 The Trinity and the Christian Life (3 credits)

Analysis of the implications of God's life in Trinity for the life of the church and individual believers within it. Emphasis placed on evaluating the relationships between Father, Son, and Spirit. Prerequisite: TH-3302 Method for Biblical Theology.

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TH 4407 Thinking Theologically About World Systems (3 credits)

An evaluation of the interrelationship between political, economic, and religious institutions historically and in the contemporary world. Issues of influence and ideology will be addressed. Special emphasis on the theological evaluation of these world systems. Prerequisite: TH-3302 Method for Biblical Theology.

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TH 4409 God and Politics: Kingdom, Sovereignty, and Freedom (3 credits)

Theological investigation of God as King. Special emphasis given to the evaluation of Divine sovereignty and Divine freedom, as well as the establishment of the kingdom of God and the implications of God's kingship for believers. Prerequisite: TH-3302 Method for Biblical Theology.

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TH 4450 Analyzing and Engaging Worldviews (3 credits)

Contrasts the biblical concept of apologetics with various alternative positions, both theistic and non-theistic. Considers major problem areas such as authority, miracles, evil, and evolution. Sets forth a basis for a Christian apologetic that is theologically and historically sound. Prerequisite: TH-2201 The Theological Task and Bibliology (or TH-3330 Systematic Theology I).

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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.

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