A foundational study of the basic disciplines of theology. The following theological disciplines will be examined: biblical, systematic, historical, dogmatic, and contemporary theologies.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
In order to develop a well-rounded Christian world and life view, it is important that the student have a working knowledge and understanding of each theological discipline and how each relates to the others. This will provide the student the theological foundations to serve and teach more effectively in the local church and community context. Hence, this course gives students a general exposure to the “whole” of theology.
Textbook readings, journal articles, 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 (4)
Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 4 Discussion Board Forums, each spanning across 2 modules/weeks. First, the student will answer the forum question(s) in a thread of 400–500 words. Second, the student must reply to 2 classmates’ threads (in 200–250 words each).
Journal Article Critiques (2)
The student will select 2 peer-reviewed, scholarly journal articles on 2 different topics. The topic for Journal Article 1 is on the discipline of biblical theology. The topic for Journal Article 2 is on the discipline of systematic theology. The student will write a 2-page, double-spaced critique for each article that adheres to current Turabian style.
Research Paper on a Select Topic in Contemporary Theology
There are 3 parts to this assignment:
- Research Paper: Topic
The student will select a Topic in contemporary theology.
- Research Paper: Proposal
The student will complete a Research Paper Proposal containing the following components: a cover page, a working thesis statement, the need for the study, the procedure of the study, and a working bibliography. The thesis statement, need, and procedure for the study must total 1–2 pages.
- Research Paper: Final Submission
The student will write a 10–12-page Research Paper using the Topic and Proposal previously submitted. The paper must include 7 sections: Cover, Thesis, Table of Contents, Introduction, Body, Conclusion, and Bibliography.
The student will complete 4 exams throughout the course, which will cover all material from the assigned readings. All exams contain 20 multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions; are open-book/open-notes; and must be completed in 1 hour. Preparation and study are essential for these exams.