Systematic Theology I – THEO 525

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

Course Description

A course beginning the study of systematic theology with special attention given to prolegomena the doctrines of Scripture, God, angels, humanity and sin.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

Christian theology supplies a biblical perspective on reality. Theological reflection is essential for the person who hopes to help others cope with reality; he or she must be able to provide biblical, reasoned, and sensitive responses to the hard questions of faith. Therefore, THEO 525 helps to prepare the student for ministry by introducing them to the study of systematic theology.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain how systematic theology relates to the other theological disciplines.
  2. Recognize theological terms and crucial issues related to Christian theology.
  3. Evaluate peer-reviewed articles relating to the doctrines of the Bible, God, man, and sin.
  4. Apply a theological method toward constructive reflection on such matters as the Scriptures, God (His nature and work), and man (his creation and fall).
  5. Apply the basic tools of the theological disciplines in order to resolve problems and research issues relevant to the issues of theological epistemology, the authority of Scripture, the nature of God, and the human condition.
  6. Assess the importance and difficulties of developing an expression of theology in a contemporary culture.
  7. Discuss critical and controversial issues in Christian theology.

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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will participate in 4 Discussion Board Forums, and each forum will span across 2 modules/weeks. First, the student will answer the Discussion Board Forum question(s) in a thread of 400–500 words. Then, he/she must reply to 2 classmates’ threads (in 200–250 words each).

Journal Article Critiques (2)

The student will complete 2 Journal Article Critiques in this course. For each critique you will read a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal article, written within the last 20 years, on a topic covered in this class and write a minimum of 2 full pages but not to exceed 3 pages, double-spaced critique. Each critique must include a cover page and follow Turabian guidelines.

Research Paper

The Research Paper is completed in 3 steps.

  1. Topic

First, the student must select a topic for his/her paper from a provided list.

  1. Proposal

After the student’s topic has been approved by the instructor, he/she must complete a research paper proposal. The proposal must  contain the following components: a cover page, a working thesis statement, the significance of the topic, the procedure of the study, and a working bibliography.

  1. Submission

The student must write his/her Research Paper using the approved topic and the proposal. The paper must be 12–15 pages and must include the 7 sections listed in the instructions document; it must also contain 12 sources and follow current Turabian format.

Exams (4)

The student must complete 4 exams throughout the course, based on the materials found in the course. All exams contain 25 multiple-choice, true/false, and matching questions; are open-book/open-notes; and must be completed in 1 hour.