This course examines key questions pertaining to theological anthropology. Particular attention is given to the doctrine of the imago dei in humanity, its implications, and how it has shaped human society. Additional attention is given to the doctrine of the Fall, its impact on humanity, and its relationship to modern society.
Students at Liberty University are faced with a variety of contradictory perspectives on the nature of humanity. Given such secular and non-Christian perspectives, each student should be prepared to articulate and defend an orthodox, evangelical Christian perspective on the doctrine of humanity, with special attention given to the doctrines of the imago Dei and original sin.
Measurable Learning Outcomes
- Identify properly the core content of the doctrine of theological anthropology, especially as it relates to orthodox Christian teaching on such issues as the imago Dei, the Fall, human constitution, free will and determinism, and the afterlife.
- Examine modern Christian and non-Christian perspectives on the doctrine of humanity.
- Articulate a robust biblical, theological, and philosophical understanding of the doctrines of the imago Dei and the Fall of humanity from an orthodox and evangelical perspective.
- Defend the doctrine of humanity against modern, secular, and non-orthodox perspectives.
Course Requirement Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Critical Reflection Assignments (8)
For each module, students are to write a 2 page (maximum) critical reflection based on the course reading material (Scripture and textbooks) and class presentations. (MLOs: A, B, C)
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Students will prepare a thread that adequately addresses each area from the discussion prompt. Each thread must be at least 350 words in length. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. (MLOs: A, B, C)
Imago Dei Paper Assignment
The student will write a 8-10-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that articulates and defends the doctrine of the imago Dei from the biblical worldview. Each paper must include a minimum of 8 scholarly sources. (MLOs: A, B, C, D)