Theology Survey I – THEO 201

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

Course Description

This is a general survey of Bible doctrine designed to synthesize and outline each of ten major areas of systematic theology, including prolegomena, bibliology, theology proper, Christology, angelology, and pneumatology.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Oftentimes the student enters a Liberty University program without any doctrinal or theological background. However, the student needs to be grounded in doctrine in order to know what he or she believes and why he or she believes it. This course, along with THEO 202, gives the student a comprehensive exposure to systematic theology for the purpose of equipping him or her in ministry, whatever his or her vocational goals might be.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify properly the core content of the doctrines of revelation, Scripture, the nature of God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, angels, and demons.
  2. Recognize the classical Christian teachings regarding the above doctrines and those teachings which fall outside of the evangelical Christian faith.
  3. Demonstrate the unity and coherence of the theological doctrines.
  4. Explain the application of major Christian doctrines to the Christian life.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes

  1. Christianity and Context 2: Analyze and interpret the biblical text using exegetical methods, employing technology when relevant.
  2. Christianity and Contexts 3: Apply the biblical text and its principles to life in a manner that bridges various contexts and considers the implications for personal growth.
  3. Christianity and Contexts 4: Articulate how faith in Christ and the theological worldview of Scripture shape one’s purpose for pursuing education, employment, relationships, and socio-cultural engagement, relating these pursuits to the redemptive work of God.
  4. Communication and Information Literacy 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.
  5. Communication and Information Literacy 2: Communicate information effectively in the English language, orally and/or through writing, for a variety of purposes, using technology when appropriate.
  6. Communication and Information Literacy 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.
  7. Communication and Information Literacy 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in order to apply it in various contexts.
  8. Communication and Information Literacy 5: Relate communication and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work.
  9. Critical Thinking 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
  10. Critical Thinking 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
  11. Critical Thinking 3: Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with a non-biblical worldview, evaluating the influence of assumptions and contexts on ethics and values.
  12. Civic and Global Engagement 3: Apply the Christian principles and general practices for effectively engaging people from different social and/or cultural backgrounds.

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 (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student must reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. An accurate final word count must be provided for the thread and replies. See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course. This assignment aligns with MLO’s A-D and the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 2-4, Communication and Information Literacy 2, Critical Thinking 1-3, Civic and Global Engagement 3.

Biblical Metanarrative Essay

The student will write an 800–1,000-word paper that demonstrates his or her assimilation and integration of key course concepts. The student will write the paper on his or her chosen topics and must discuss the implications of the theological topics through an examination of that narrative of Scripture. The paper must incorporate at least 2 biblical and 2 theological references. See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course. This assignment aligns with MLO’s A-D and the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 2-4, Communication and Information Literacy 1-5, Critical Thinking 1, 2.

Short Reflection Essay

The student will write a paper on the topic of applying course concepts to practical, everyday life. The paper must be 350–500 words. See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course. This assignment aligns with MLO’s A-D and the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 3 and 4, Communication and Information Literacy 2, Critical Thinking 1-3, Civic and Global Engagement 3.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 60-minute time limit. This assignment aligns with MLO’s A-D and the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 2, Communication and Information Literacy 1, 3, and Critical Thinking 1.

Extra Credit – General Education Assessment Test

Students will complete a 28-question General Education Assessment Test that will be used to measure the values, knowledge, and skills they currently possess. Students will answer 4 or 5 questions that are drawn from each of the six key foundation skill areas upon which our general education curriculum is built (Civic & Global Engagement, Communication & Information Literacy, Christianity & Contexts, Critical Thinking, Social & Scientific Inquiry, and Technological Solutions and Quantitative Reasoning). No test preparation is required; no books or notes are necessary. Students are strongly encouraged to answer every question to the best of their ability. 1 extra credit point will be awarded for each correct response. Extra credit points earned will be automatically factored into students’ scores but will not alter total points possible for the course (1010).