Department of Systematic Theology

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Systematic Theology:  The Systematic Theology department trains students in the doctrines of truth that are drawn from close study of the Word as the ultimate and infallible source. Courses examining the doctrines of God, Man, Christ, Salvation, the Church and Last Things, as well as courses in ethics and apologetics, provide students with the ability to state and defend biblical truth and the relevance of the Christian world view to daily life.

Course Description

TH 500. Bibliology (Scripture) (3 credits)
A study of prolegomena, revelation and inspiration of Scripture, including inerrancy and the principles of biblical interpretation, illumination, and theological hermeneutics.

TH 501. Introduction to Doctrine (3 credits)
A study of nature, method, and sources of theology. This courses examining the doctrines of God, Man, Christ, Salvation, the Church and Last Things. Using both historical and modern materials, this course aims to deepen awareness of major doctrine of Christian theology.

TH 502. Trinitarianism (3 credits)
A study of the unity and persons and functions in the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, with special attention to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and the Triune God as well as the perfect love and unity within the Godhead model for us. A Research seminar on Scripture’s teaching on the Trinity.

TH 503. Doctrine of Triune God (3 credits)
A study of the being and Existence, knowledgeability, and attributes of the Triune God :divine decrees; creation, providence, and miracles; angels.

TH 504. Christology(I, II) (3 credits)
A systematic presentation of the Son of God. A study of the person and work of Christ, include the nature and purpose of special grace of cross and mediator of covenant of grace with emphasis on the doctrine of substitutionary atonement as well as Scripture teaching us.

TH 505. Pneumatology (3 credits)
A study of context and purpose of the work of the Spirit; union with Christ, include the Holy Spirit works in relation to revelation, love, faith, freedom, the Christian life, and the special gifts associated with the Holy Spirit.

TH 506. Anthropology (3 credits)
Origin, nature, and original state of man; covenant relationship to God; the fall; doctrine of sin; free agency. Special attention is given to the question of “image of God” and the theology of adoption. dichotomy and trichotomy, the covenant with Adam, and the nature of sin.

TH 507. Soteriology (3 credits)
A study of application of salvation, union Christ, with special attention to effective calling, regeneration, faith and repentance, justification by faith, adoption, sanctification, perseverance.

TH 508. Doctrine of Ecclesiology (3 credits)
The Biblical teaching as to the nature of the church, its order and ministry. Evaluation of resent ecclesiology and renewal movements, include particular interest of traditional and contemporary marks of the true church and sacraments.

TH 509. Eschatology(Last things) (3 credits)
The course aims to study in depth the primary biblical and theological literature on subject of the eschatology and meaning “the last things” for Christian living. Due attention is given to the fascination with and use of the doctrine of eschatology in modern theology.

TH 510. The Doctrine of the Atonement (3 credits)
Background in the history of doctrine, especially within the Reformed tradition. Focus on central biblical concerns, with special attention for implications in other areas of the biblical system.

TH511. The Doctrine of Angel and Satan (3 credits)
A study of the theology of spiritual creation being, with special attention to nature, organization, service of a angels including the fall angels and satan’s activity in the Scripture. Focus on central biblical concerns, with special attention for implications in other areas of the biblical system.

TH 512. The Westminster Confession (3 credits)
The origin and convening of the Westminster Assembly. Exposition of the theology of the Assembly by means of a study of the Westminster Confession of Faith. An extensive research project will be required.

TH 613. The Theology of John Calvin (3 credits)
A study of the theology of Calvin, with special attention to the development and content of his Institution. Research seminar on Calvin’s teaching on the Person and Work of the Spirit, with attention to his expositions in the Institutes, Commentaries and Treatises.

TH 614. The Issues of Dispensationalism (3 credits)
Critical study of key issues in the doctrine of eschatology and biblical are analyzed, including hermeneutics, the biblical covenants, the distinction between Israel and the church, their view of the Kingdom, and purpose God in the progressive of revelation.

TH 615. World Heresy (3 credits)
In a seminar format students examine the lives, communities, and document of the Sects of World. Attention is given to the historical contexts in which World heresy took, found expression, and has influenced in seminar sessions as major cults of World : Seventh Day Advent, Jehovah’s witness and LDS Church.

TH 715. Contemporary Theology (3 credits)
A study in depth of the background of contemporary theology and a critical assessment of such current trends as the reinterpretation of the older liberalism, hermeneutical theology, the theology of hope, and the theology of liberation. May also be credited in the Department of Historical Theology.

TH 716. Roman Catholic Theology (3 credits)
A study of major doctrines in dispute between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism (the sources of theology, Christology, justification, the church, the sacraments, the theology of liberation, universalism, Metrology, et al.), as interpreted by leading Roman Catholic theologians. Interpretation of selected passages with a view to their bearing on systematic-theological issues. Lectures and student presentations.

TH 717. Themes in Puritan Theology (3 credits)
A consideration of some of the leading themes in the theology of the British Puritans of the seventeenth century, including Thomas Goodwin, John Owen, Richard Baxter, John Flavel, Richard Sibbes, Stephen Charnock and others. Topics covered will include the knowledge of God, providence, sanctification and assurance.

TH 718. Work of the Holy Spirit (3 credits)
A consideration of some of special gifts of God the Holy Spirit in present century. A study of context and purpose of special gifts of God the Holy Spirit and The New Testament uses the Greek word charisma to speak of the various gifts God has given by the Holy Spirit to Christian for the Kingdom of God.