This is a continuation of general survey of Bible doctrine designed to synthesize and outline each of the ten major areas of systematic theology. Survey II includes anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, ecclesiology and eschatology.
Many students enter programs at Liberty University without any doctrinal or theological background. Each 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 201, gives the student a comprehensive exposure to systematic theology for the purpose of equipping him or her for ministry, whatever his or her vocational goals might be.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify properly the core content of the doctrines of anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology.
- Differentiate between classical Christian teachings regarding the above doctrines, and those teachings which fall outside of the evangelical Christian faith.
- Distinguish scriptural passages supporting the above Christian doctrines.
- Compare and contrast the biblical worldview with non-biblical worldviews.
General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes
- Christianity and Context 1:Relate the problem of sin in creation and the redemptive work of Christ, as described in the overarching narrative of Scripture, to various aspects of and professional discipline.
- 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.
- 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.
- Communication and Information Literacy 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.
- 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.
- Communication and Information Literacy 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.
- Communication and Information Literacy 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in order to apply it in various contexts.
- Communication and Information Literacy 5: Relate communication and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work.
- Critical Thinking 1: Determine the validity and logical consistency of claims and/or positions, using reading comprehension strategies when relevant.
- Critical Thinking 2: Structure an argument or position using credible evidence and valid reasoning.
- 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.
- Civic and Global Engagement 3: Apply the Christian principles and general practices for effectively engaging people from different social and/or cultural backgrounds.
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 the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. The student will share his or her beliefs regarding major issues in Christian theology by submitting a thread of at least 300 words. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 150 words. See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course. (MLOs: A, B, C)
Short Reflection Paper Assignment
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 MLOs 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. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)
Biblical Images of Salvation Essay Assignment
The student will complete a theological essay that will address the relationship of human sinfulness to an aspect of the doctrine of salvation. Students will examine one of the biblical images of salvation (adoption, conversion, regeneration, redemption, reconciliation, justification, election, sanctification, or glorification) and define and describe the doctrine with its biblical, historical and theological contours as well as discuss how this image of salvation relates to and addresses the problem of sin. Finally, the student will apply the implications of this doctrine to the Christian life and for the student’s chosen vocation. The essay will be 800-1,000 word. See "Course Policies" for the formatting expectations for assignments in this course. This assignment aligns with MLOs A-D and the following FSLOs: Christianity and Contexts 1,3, 4, Communication and Information Literacy 1-5, Critical Thinking 1, 2. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)
Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module: week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 12 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLOs: A, B, C)