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Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology

The aim of the Department of Theology is to aid CBTS students in the discovery and systematizing of the truth revealed in Holy Scripture by which they can become effective ministers and can relate these truths to everyday experience.
TH500 HERMENEUTICS (two credits)

This course provides a theoretical and practical examination of the proper use of language as it is designed to convey Scripture. Various principles and guidelines which govern the foundation for interpretation are analyzed. Special emphasis will focus upon the history of hermeneutics and systems of interpretation, tools for hermeneutics, principles of interpretation (general and specific), hermeneutics and genres, a hermeneutical process of approach, and contemporary difficulties surrounding hermeneutics.

TH501 PROLEGOMENA AND BIBLIOLOGY (two credits)

A survey of prolegomena, dealing with the nature, method, and sources of theology; and bibliology, dealing with the doctrines of revelation, inspiration, illumination, and theological hermeneutics. Special emphasis will be placed on the contemporary debate over the inerrancy of Scripture.

TH502 TRINITARIANISM (two credits)

A study of the existence, nature, and works of God including study of divine attributes, the tri-personality of one Godhead, and ex nihilo creation. Special attention will be given to the divine nature of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

TH503 ANGELOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY (two credits)

A study of angelology, the doctrines of the unfallen angels, the fallen angels, and Satan; and anthropology, a study of the origin, nature, and original state of man, the fall, doctrine of sin, and free agency.

TH504 SOTERIOLOGY (two credits)

A theological examination of the provision and application of salvation treating union with Christ, regeneration, conversion, justification, sanctification, the salvation ministries of the Holy Spirit (including Spirit baptism, indwelling, and sealing), and eternal security.

TH505 ECCLESIOLOGY (two credits)

A study concerned with the definition, purpose, organization, ministry, government, relation, and ordinances of the church.

TH506 ESCHATOLOGY (two credits)

A study of the doctrine of last things. The following subjects are treated: the various systems of eschatology; the doctrine of physical death; the intermediate state; the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and its relationship to the church, Israel, and the nations; the doctrine of resurrection; the doctrine of judgment and the final state of the saved and the lost. Prerequisite: NT527.

TH510 DISPENSATIONALISM (two credits)

This course considers the system of interpretation known as dispensationalism. Several aspects are addressed: the historical development of the dispensational system; a dispensational interpretation of sacred history; the relationship of covenants to dispensations; the hermeneutics of dispensationalism as they relate to pretribulational and premillennial eschatology; the relationship of law and grace; and major events that unfold in particular dispensations.

TH512 GOD, REVELATION, AND CREATION (two credits)

This is the first course in the Systematic Theology sequence. Herein, the student is introduced to the task of theology, theological method, and the purpose for theological inquiry. The student then begins working through the biblical narrative with a doctrinal focus on the Triune God and his attributes, general and special revelation with an emphasis on Scripture, and the created order including particular attention to spirit beings and man.

TH513 FALL, ATONEMENT, AND MESSIAH (two credits)

This is the second course in the Systematic Theology sequence. Herein, the student continues working through the biblical narrative from the Fall of mankind through the coming of Jesus Christ. The doctrinal focus of the course is on man’s sin and its consequences, God’s redemptive plan in the establishment of Israel, God’s Law and its individual and social significance, the nature of atonement and the anticipation of Messiah, and the person of Jesus Christ.

TH514 RECONCILIATION, COMMUNITY, AND SPIRIT (two credits)

This is the third course in the Systematic Theology sequence. Herein, the student continues working through the biblical narrative from the coming of Jesus Christ through the work of the Spirit in the birth of the Church. The doctrinal focus of the course is on the work of Jesus Christ, the nature of the salvation we have in Christ and its implications, the person of the Holy Spirit, and the beginning and nature of the Church.

TH515 MISSION, RESTORATION, AND CONSUMMATION (two credits)

This is the fourth course in the Systematic Theology sequence. Herein, the student completes the journey through the biblical narrative from the establishment of the Church through the consummation of all things. The doctrinal focus of the course is on the mission and purposes of the Church, the process of individual sanctification, the corporate and individual work of the Spirit, and last things including the events comprising the Day of the Lord, the millennial kingdom, the final resurrection and judgment, and the new heavens and new earth.

TH520 ETHICS (two credits)

This study evaluates various philosophical systems of ethics viewed in light of the moral teachings of Scripture. Major consideration is given to developing a systematic ethical code from the Bible and its application to selected ethical issues and choices of moral conduct in the 21st century.

TH605 APOLOGETICS (two credits)

An examination of the unity and logical foundation of the Christian faith; systematic defense of the Christian system.

TH630 HISTORY OF DOCTRINE (two credits)

An examination of the historical development of selected doctrines with attention to the development of each theological theme from the church fathers to the present day.

TH640TM PHILOSOPHY FOR UNDERSTANDING THEOLOGY (three credits)

This course endeavors to acquaint students with the history and development of Western philosophy, focusing on those philosophers and philosophical questions that have particularly influenced Christian theology. The course seeks to inform students of the Western world's intellectual (and, to a lesser extent, social, cultural, scientific, and political) development and to indicate where this development has influenced theological understanding and articulation even where theologians may not have been aware of philosophy's "encroachment."

TH655 NEW TESTAMENT BIBLICAL THEOLOGY (two credits). See NT655.
TH665 CALVINISM, ARMINIANISM, AND ALTERNATIVES (two credits)

This course endeavors to acquaint students with the issues separating Calvinism and Arminianism. Students will be informed on this never-ending discussion by addressing the historical context, theological concerns, and biblical issues of these positions. By studying the debate between Augustine and Pelagius, students will be able to locate Calvinism and Arminianism on the theological map. From this starting point, the course will examine several topics debated from Augustine's time to the present. The centerpiece of the course discussion are the topics of predestination and providence.

TH720TM POST-ENLIGHTENMENT THEOLOGICAL METHOD (three credits)

Students will examine the theological method of three prominent 20th century theologians: Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, and Carl Henry. These theologians represent three distinct yet related ways of "doing theology" in the Post-Enlightenment period of modernity and post-modernity. These theological systems will be analyzed with careful attention given to the effects of Enlightenment thought on contemporary theology. They will also be evaluated concerning their respective adherence to our understanding of biblical truth.

TH710TM ADVANCED HERMENEUTICAL STUDIES (three credits)

An advanced study in hermeneutics using the period of the United Monarchy as the focus of study.

TH780TM CURRENT ISSUES IN THEOLOGY (three credits)

Issues of importance in historical, systematic, and applied theology are discussed in a seminar setting. Possible topics include current debates in biblical inspiration/inerrancy, theology and language, historical perspectives on the deity of Christ, the Christian and culture, debates on the meaning of "justification by faith," the Christian and "just war theory," and the application of theology to various ecclesiastical issues such as the Emerging Church movement, the role of women, and worship/governance styles.

TH800 THEOLOGY SEMINAR (one credit)

Guided individual research to enable the student to develop skills in problem solving, procedures of research, and logical presentation of material.

TH810 THEOLOGY SEMINAR (two credits). See TH800 for description.
TH900DM CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGICAL AND MINISTRY ISSUES

This course is a study of several major theological and ministry issues under discussion in the fundamentalist and evangelical communities, as well as several critical ministry issues encountered in local churches.