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Theology Course Description(s)

THEO2100 Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

A study of the essential doctrines of the Christian faith in systematic form. The underlying foundation will be biblical faith, with special emphasis given to the interpretation of the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition. This course is designed for general students. Prerequisites: BIBL1100

THEO3094 Topics in Theology (1-3)

An examination of some phase of theology not covered in other courses. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: THEO2100

THEO3410 Philosophy and Literature of Existentialism (3)

A study of the major concepts of existential philosophy along with the literary styles that are used by the major existential thinkers. The study will include Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Sartre, Camus, Tillich, and Buber. Offered: Alternate years. (See PHIL3410)

THEO3540 Christian Holiness (3)

A study of the doctrine of Christian perfection, stressing its biblical and historical background with particular attention to its development in the writings of John Wesley and the Wesleyan Holiness tradition. Special emphasis will be given to spiritual formation aspects of entire sanctification. This course is designed for general students. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100

THEO3560 Theological Explorations of Evangelism (3)

A study of the various historical and contemporary expressions of evangelism from a theological perspective. The course seeks to help students develop a theological understanding of evangelism within the broader categories of ecclesiology and discipleship, as well as enabling them to reflect on and evaluate different methods often associated with evangelistic practices. Fees: Additional fee required.

THEO3580 Love (3)

An examination of theological and philosophical aspects of love. There will be a spiritual formation project. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: THEO2100

THEO3590 Theology of the Church (3)

An advanced study of ecclesiology exploring the relationship between communal worship, Christian belief, and ethics. The course will also explore the biblical and theological background of various Christian traditions, the relationship of the Church to culture, current ecclesiological shifts, and the trajectory of the Church in a postmodern culture. Prerequisites: THEO2100

THEO3620 Science and Christian Faith (3)

The primary objective of the course is to enhance the interdisciplinary dialogue taking place between science and theology. To accomplish this, the course will explore several core scientific theories and how these theories impact Christian theology. The three primary scientific theories covered in this course are cosmology and the big bang, the theory of macroevolution, and quantum physics. Each of these scientific theories has a significant impact on Christian theology. For instance, the big bang raises questions related to creation, provides evidence for a literal “beginning” and supports the argument from fine tuning. Similarly, evolution raises questions about the historical accuracy of Genesis 1-3, the fall, original sin, and the imago dei. Each of these theological views will be explored in depth. Finally, quantum physics calls into question the determinism of a clockwork universe and opens the door to chaos, indeterminacy and potentially human freedom. The key questions undergirding the course are as follows. How does modern science aid the theological process? How has Christian faith aided the rise of modern science? How does modern science challenge some theological views? What are the limits of natural science in relation to the Christian faith? See PHIL3620.

THEO3630 Exploring Western World Religious Traditions (3)

A historical and theological exploration of the dominant Western (Islam, Judaism) world religions and selected Christian sectarian movements. Special attention is given to student participation in religious [removed]field trips) and to the issue of religious pluralism. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100, or instructor's approval

THEO3640 Exploring Eastern World Religious Traditions (3)

A historical and theological exploration of the dominant Eastern (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism) world religions. Special attention is given to student participation in religious [removed]field trips) and to the issue of religious pluralism. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100, or instructor's approval

THEO3700 Social Justice in the Christian Tradition (3)

The virtue of justice has deep roots in Christian Scripture, philosophy, and the Christian theological tradition as an essential feature of a society ordered toward the common good. What does justice look like in the tradition of Christian thought? What makes a just society? How might Christians actively contribute to a society that is more just? This course encourages students to explore such questions through Scripture, the church’s theological heritage, and engagement with the work of active practitioners today. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100, or instructor's approval

THEO4240 Theology of Holiness (2)

A study of the theology of entire sanctification designed for Christian Ministry majors. Emphasis will be given to its biblical and historical background, especially as developed by John Wesley and the Wesleyan Holiness tradition. Prerequisites: BIBL1100, THEO2100

THEO4530 Christian Theology I (3)

An advanced systematic study of the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective, with particular reference to historical development and contemporary understanding. The subjects include Theological Methodology, Revelation and Inspiration, the Trinitarian God, Humanity, and Sin. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: Two courses in theology, or instructor's approval

THEO4540 Christian Theology II (3)

An advanced systematic study of the Christian faith from a Wesleyan perspective, with particular reference to historical development and contemporary understanding. The subjects include Christology, Soteriology, Pneumatology, Christian Ethics, and Eschatology. Fees: Additional fee required. Prerequisites: 2 courses in Theology, or instructor's approval

THEO4900 Religion Capstone (1)

The course evaluates how students in the Department of Philosophy and Religion have integrated theology and ministry practice through the use of case studies. The case studies will provide a context for faculty to assess whether students have integrated the university outcomes in their understanding of Christian ministry.