First Year Seminar
This seminar introduces students to the Christian liberal arts by engaging enduring questions in a theologically informed way. Common material will include essential biblical and theological content that grounds investigation of enduring questions, the liberal arts, vocation, and character formation.
Gospel, Church, and Culture
This course provides an introduction to the Christian faith and the evangelical Protestant heritage. It gives special attention to the church’s engagement with culture and society as well as to the exploration of the integration of faith and learning within a Christian liberal arts context.
An investigation into the basic beliefs of the Christian faith.
A critical investigation of Christian doctrine. The course is open only to Biblical and Theological Studies and Philosophy majors.
This course is an in-depth treatment of some theological category or the application of Christian thought to contemporary issues.
An overview of the doctrine of God, with particular attention to the doctrine of the Trinity. Both traditional formulations and contemporary contributions are discussed.
A study of the doctrine of salvation with a view to a consideration of the connection between election, incarnation, atonement, justification, and sanctification with a view toward providing a dogmatic understanding of forgiveness, justice, and hope.
A study of the doctrine of Scripture.
Eastern Orthodox Theology
An introduction to Eastern Orthodox theology and practice. The course will also attend to points of similarity and difference between Eastern Orthodox and Protestant theology.
Readings in Orthodox Theology
An in-depth treatment of a particular author, doctrine, or issue from within the Eastern Orthodox theological tradition.
A critical analysis of Thomas Aquinas’ theology in historical context.
A critical analysis of John Calvin’s theology in historical context.
A critical analysis of Karl Barth’s theology in historical context.
An introduction to the methods of systematic theology and the major topics within the biblical revelation. Special attention is given to the rationale for these Christian doctrines, their systematic interconnections as well as their development within the history of Christian thought, and their contemporary challenges.
An examination of theological developments from the Enlightenment to the present, focusing on key figures representing nineteenth-century German liberalism, neo-orthodoxy, post-Vatican II Catholicism, liberation, and postmodern theology.
Nature and Grace
An in-depth examination of debates within Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and the Protestant tradition concerning the relationship between nature and grace. Both historical and contemporary texts will be discussed.