Doctrine of God – THEO 626

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

A study of the existence, nature, and attributes of the triune God. Contains a study of such doctrines as the decree of God, Creation, the providence of God, and the doctrine of the Trinity.

Prerequisite

THEO 525

Rationale

For students seeking advanced studies in theology and apologetics this course develops themes discussed in the foundational systematic theology classes relating specifically to the Christian doctrine of God. These include classic and modern discussions concerning the existence and attributes of God and with the works of God in relation to creation and providence. It is designed for those students who wish to secure a theology focus in their Master’s program or in preparation for admission to advanced programs such as the Th.M. or the Ph.D.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify topics and issues of importance to the contemporary evangelical Church in regard to the doctrine of God.
  2. Develop and defend an appropriate thesis statement in response to a research question concerning the doctrine of God in its historical and evangelical context.
  3. Formulate a critical assessment of the principle agents and ideas that shape ancient and modern understandings of the Christian God.
  4. Reflect upon and synthesize relevant data from authoritative, biblical, and theological sources in a persuasive essay arguing for the logical cogency of a thesis statement.
  5. Articulate a clear and compelling research question regarding some aspect of the Christian doctrine of God.
  6. Compile and compose personal and theological reflections regarding the doctrine of God and its significance for life and ministry.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student will participate in 2 Discussion Board Forums. The student will submit a thread of 400–500 words and reply to at least 3 peers’ threads in 250 words or more each.

Reflection Paper

The student will read America’s Four Gods by Froese & Bader and prepare a 2-page reflection on the question, “Why God?” using current Turabian format. Specifically, the question is related to the general understanding of the biblical God and how God is perceived in the student’s personal experience, church, and community. In what way(s) did the student resonate with the authors’ research and conclusions?

Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit an annotated bibliography comprising of 5 scholarly sources selected through the Liberty University Online’s Library, “Christian Periodical Index” or “ATLA Database.” As with all assignments, this will be submitted according to current Turabian formatting.

Research Project

The Research Project will be 12–15 pages and submitted in stages. In Module/Week 4, the student will submit a thesis statement and summary of a research topic. In Module/Week 6, the student will submit the outline and introduction in preparation for the final paper. A template will be provided for the first 2 portions of the assignment located under Assignment Instructions.

Theological Reflection Journal

The student will keep a weekly journal reflecting on the importance and significance of the study of the Christian Doctrine of God. The journal will reflect on personal, practical, and ministry applications of what the student is learning. The student will post a journal entry each week for a total of 8 entries.

Essay Exams (2)

Midterm Essay Exam: At the beginning of Module/Week 5, the student will be given a prompt that will suffice as the topic for his or her Midterm Essay Exam. By the end of the module/week, the student will submit a 1000–1200-word essay synthesizing course reading and outside research into an articulate and cogent response to the exam prompt.

Final Essay Exam: At the beginning of Module/Week 7, the student will be given a prompt that will suffice as the topic for his or her Final Essay Exam. By the end of the module/week, the student will submit a 3-page essay focusing on inquiry and action as he or she responds to the exam prompt.