Creation, Cosmology and Genesis – OBST 651

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An intensive, comparative study of creation issues. Attention will be directed to a proper exegesis of pertinent Genesis texts, to comparing/contrasting the Genesis account to other Ancient Near East creation stories, and to an evaluation of modern theories of creation.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

This course provides the student with the knowledge and tools to understand and apply this foundational Christian doctrine located in the book of Genesis. The Christian ministerial student should be able to understand and properly interpret this crucial doctrine from Genesis for apologetics, evangelism, preaching, teaching, and pastoral counseling.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Exegete key creation passages in the book of Genesis.
  2. Discuss the various ANE creation accounts.
  3. Contrast the biblical account of creation to the ANE accounts.
  4. Identify the modern explanations of creation.
  5. Evaluate modern explanations of creation.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. (MLO: D, E)

Book Summaries (2)

The student will write a 1800–2100-word summary (digest) of the assigned textbooks. The book digest will be arranged according to the Table of Contents. The written summary will distill the main points and sub-points made in each chapter of the book from the introduction to the conclusion. The summary is not a book review or critique, so the student’s views on the author’s matter must not be included in the digest. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Research Paper

The student will write a 3600–4500-word research-based paper using current Turabian format that focuses on a topic selected from those provided. The paper must include at least 10 graduate-level sources, only 5 of which may be course textbooks and the Bible. (MLO: A, B, C, D)

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the lectures, video materials, and Textbook Readings for the prior modules/weeks up to and including the module/week of the exam. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and contain a combination of 50 multiple-choice, true/false, and essay questions. Each exam will have a 1-hour and 15-minute time limit. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)