TH500 Survey of Christian Theology
Surveys the principal areas of systematic theology, giving the student a basic overview of the doctrines of God, revelation (including Scripture), humanity, angels, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the Church and last things.
TH501 God, Scripture, Revelation and the Holy Spirit
Introduces you to the process of thinking theologically and focuses on the Person of God as the source of all knowledge and wisdom. You’ll begin with a study of the inspiration, inerrancy and authority of Scripture. You’ll then explore the nature of God, the Trinity and the work of God in creation and providence. You will also study more in-depth the person of the Holy Spirit.
[4 hours. Instructor: Dr. Wayne Grudem or Dr. Steve Tracy. Frequency: Every Spring. Required for MDiv and MABL General elective for all other programs except MAC. Prerequisite: None. Notes: May substitute for TH500 in the Graduate Diploma. Download Sample Syllabus.]
TH502 Humanity, Angels and the Person and Work of Christ
Deepen your walk with God as you focus on the Person and work of God the Son. This course is an in-depth study of man, his nature and his need for a Savior. Explore the nature and significance of angels, Satan and demons. Finally, you’ll focus on the Lord Jesus Christ and His death on the cross and the work of the Holy Spirit.
TH503 Salvation, the Church and the Future
Enrich your spiritual life as you learn of the work of the Spirit of God in salvation and of His present ministry to and through the Church. You’ll also study the future glorious consummation of God’s kingdom program.
[4 hours. Instructor: Dr. Fred Chay or Dr. Wayne Grudem. Frequency: Every Spring. Required for MDiv and MABL General elective for all other programs except MAC. Prerequisite: TH501. Download Sample Syllabus.]
TH504 Systematic Theology: A Socratic Approach
Prepares you to clearly communicate what you believe and why you believe it. Designed to help you develop a personal, practical and applied systematic theology.
[2 hours. Instructor: Dr. Fred Chay. Frequency: Every Fall. Apologetics elective for MDiv and MABL Prerequisites: TH501, TH502 and TH503. Notes: Formerly titled "Theology Review." Limited to MDiv and MABL students preparing for TH599 Theological Oral Exam. Concurrent enrollment in TH599 is suggested. Download Sample Syllabus.]
TH505 Apologetics: Defending the Faith
Christianity is increasingly being challenged by new religions and cults, as well as by the secularization of our culture. In this class, you will learn to explain what you believe and defend the great truths of our faith.
[2 hours. Instructor: Dr. Fred Chay. Frequency: Odd Summers. Apologetics elective for MDiv and MABL. General elective for all other programs except MAC. Prerequisites: None. Download Sample Syllabus.]
TH506 Contemporary Moral Issues
This course will teach you how to practically apply God’s truth to the toughest issues facing our culture such as divorce/remarriage, homosexuality, abortion, race relations and euthanasia.
[2 hours. Instructor: Dr. Steve Tracy or Dr. Wayne Grudem. Frequency: Every Fall and most Springs. Required for MDiv, MABL and MAC General elective for all other programs. Prerequisites: None. Download Sample Syllabus.]
TH510 Biblical Sexuality
An in-depth look at human sexuality based on both biblical theology and social science research. Topics to be studied include a theology of sexuality, sexual addiction, homosexuality, adultery, singleness and marital sexual relations.
[2 hours. Instructor: Dr. Steve Tracy. Frequency: Every Spring. Required for MDiv BC and MDiv LD General elective for all other programs except MDiv CF and MAC. Prerequisites: None. Notes: Meets concurrently with the three-credit CF510 Human Sexuality course. Download Sample Syllabus.]
TH515 Biblical Perspectives on Christian Prayer
Because biblical grounding is foundational to effective and meaningful communication with our Lord, this course explores what the Bible teaches and illustrates concerning prayer and the God to whom we pray. Students will be asked to reflect on their own Christian prayer experience as well as on challenges to a biblically informed Christian spirituality posed by life in a post-modern, technological society.
TH520 The Character of God
A biblical and theological analysis of several less-understood attributes of God, including immutability, eternity, omnipresence and Trinitarian existence. Attention will be given to biblical support for each attribute, classical formulations, recent challenges and application to life.
TH525 Advanced Studies in Sanctification: Habits of Holiness
An in-depth study of how we grow spiritually as believers in Christ. The principles, processes and products of holy living are scripturally examined and personally applied.
TH530 Advanced Pneumatology: The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts
An in-depth study of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. This class will cover various topics including the person of the Spirit, supernatural gifts of the Spirit, Spirit baptism and the believer’s victory over sin.
TH540 The Theology of Paul
Of all the writers of Scripture, the apostle Paul remains one of the most influential and controversial. This course analyzes the teachings of Paul while placing them in their historical, cultural and theological context.
TH570 Ethics of Business, Work, Money and Possessions
How can our ordinary work, our use of money and business activity in general be done for God’s glory? This course examines Biblical perspectives on work and rest, buying and selling, wealth and poverty, saving and giving, borrowing and lending, employers and employees, competition, the role of money, vocational calling, stewardship, use of the earth’s resources, the role of government and economic systems.
TH572 Biblical Theology of Law, Politics and Government
Examines the Bible’s teachings on the purpose of civil government, the kinds of laws a government should make and how governments should function. Applies these teachings to a number of contemporary political issues such as freedom of religion, the influence of Christians on government, the role of courts, the protection of life, the definition of marriage, just war, immigration, care for the poor and wise use of the world’s resources.
TH580 Theology Individualized Study
A unique course designed by a faculty advisor and student to develop competence in the area of Theology.
[1–4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Any Semester. General elective for all programs except MAC. Prerequisites: 3.4 GPA and approved Academic Petition. Notes: May be repeated for credit as TH581 when section content differs.]
TH595 Selected Topics in Theology
An occasional Theology elective offered as the need and opportunity arise. Course content is dependent on the expertise of available faculty (resident, adjunct and visiting), current issues of academic and practical importance and overall balance in regard to recent course offerings.
[1–4 hours. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Occasional. General elective for all programs except MAC. Prerequisite: None. Notes: May be repeated for credit when section content differs. Past topics include: “C.S. Lewis: Apologist of the Heart and the Head,” "Theology and Practice of Social Justice,” and “History of New Testament Interpretation.” Upcoming topics include: "The Poverty of Nations: A Biblical and Economic Solution." Download Sample Syllabus.]
TH599 Theological Oral Examination
This comprehensive exam over biblical and theological topics is typically scheduled during the final weeks of the Fall semester in the middle of the spring semester. A panel of two or three faculty examiners will propose to students multiple doctrinal/theological issues, to which the student will respond with reasoned argument using two or more scriptures to support their positions. Additionally, faculty examiners may put forth a ministry scenario requiring similar theological/biblical reflection. The rubric for the oral examination is distributed in TH504 Systematic Theology: A Socratic Approach. All students are strongly advised to enroll in TH504 Systematic Theology to aid them in preparing for the TH599 Comprehensive Theological Oral Examination.
[Transcripted non-credit. Instructor: Varies. Frequency: Every Fall and Spring. Required for MDiv and MABL Prerequisites: TH501, TH502 and TH503. Notes: Prior or concurrent enrollment in TH504 Systematic Theology is strongly recommended.]
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