Theology (THEO)

THEO-101  Foundations of Christian Life  3 Credits  

An introduction to Christian faith and life, embracing the primary theological tenets and fundamental values that empower a Christian to address contemporary cultural issues, seek integrity in personal behavior, and respond to the great commission to reach the world. (meets Religion/Humanities requirement)

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEO-101C  Foundations of Christian Life  3 Credits  

An introduction to Christian faith and life, embracing the primary theological tenets and fundamental values that empower a Christian to address contemporary cultural issues, seek integrity in personal behavior, and respond to the great commission to reach the world.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEO-103  Introduction to Theology  3 Credits  

An introductory study of the subject matter and scope of Christian theology. Examination is made of philosophical presuppositions, definition is sought for theological terms, and articulation of theological concepts is encouraged. Particular attention is given to the doctrinal tenets of the Assemblies of God. (Required for all religion majors/meets Religion/Humanities for all majors)

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

THEO-103C  Intro to Theology  3 Credits  

An introductory study of the subject matter and scope of Christian theology. Examination is made of philosophical presuppositions, definition is sought for theological terms, and articulation of theological concepts is encouraged. Particular attention is given to the doctrinal tenets of the Assemblies of God. Students majoring in Religion (any concentration) must take THEO-103C to fulfill the core curriculum requirement in theology.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEO-103H  Introduction to Theology Honors  3 Credits  

An introductory study of the subject matter and scope of Christian theology. Examination is made of philosophical presuppositions, definition is sought for theological terms, and articulation of theological concepts is encouraged. Particular attention is given to the doctrinal tenets of the Assemblies of God. This course is for honors students only.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEO-291  Special Topic:  1 Credit  

Study of a special topic in theology. May be repeated for credit.

THEO-292  Special Topic:  2 Credits  

Study of a special topic in theology. May be repeated for credit.

THEO-293  Special Topic:  3 Credits  

Study of a special topic in theology. May be repeated for credit.

THEO-300C  Developoing a Christian World View  3 Credits  

This course surveys the history of philosophical worldviews and life narratives as a background for understanding the challenges involved in developing a theology and ethic accountable to the biblical witness but contextual in a given culture. Theological currents leading to postmodernity will be explored through the lens provided by the questions and encounters that emerge from both western and non-western Christian perspectives.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

THEO-301  Christian Ethics  3 Credits  

This course aims to investigate the moral implications of the Christian faith. Emphases will be placed on the theological nature of Christian ethical reflection, and the evaluation of specific moral issues from the vantage point of Christian faith.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.

THEO-318  Systematic Theology I Anthropology, Christology, Soteriology  3 Credits  

Using Scripture and the church's historic theological wisdom, this course is a study of God's nature, the Trinity, creation, humankind as Imago Dei, the fall, Jesus Christ's person and salvific work, and the elements of salvation including justification, sanctification and glorification. Core requirement for the religion major offered every semester.

Prerequisite: NT-101C, OT-201C; THEO-101C or THEO-103C

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEO-320  Systematic Theology II: Pneumatology Ecclesiology, Eschatology  3 Credits  

This course covers Pneumatology, Eccelsiology, and Eschatology. ÿUsing Scripture and the church's historic theological wisdom this course is a study of the Holy Spirit's person, work, and gifts, the church's nature and vocation, and the last things, including the resurrection, final judgment, and new creation. Core requirement for the religion major offered every semester.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEO-415  Intro to Narrative Theology  3 Credits  

This course explores the implications of storytelling and narrative as a way of thinking about - and engaging in - the theological task. It is the assumption of this course that the conceptual categories of narrative are irreducible to other forms of thought and that they therefore represent a domain of knowledge, which possesses its own independent validity. Put differently, the think in story. For this reason, interpretation, which is sensitive to narrative form, may help to expose that value. It is the purpose of this course to develop the sensitivities necessary to understand this important dimension of religious expression.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEO-432  Women in Ministry  3 Credits  

An overview of the biblical and contemporary views on the leadership roles of women in the church, and the relevance of women in ministry for the modern church.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEO-437  Philosophy of Religion  3 Credits  

The course employs philosophical methodology to examine the problems of the nature, limits, and validity of religious knowledge; the meaning of religious language; and the origin and nature of evil. This course does not fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall.

THEO-467  Beauty and the Christian Life  3 Credits  

An exploration of the category of beauty as it is variously addressed within the Bible, historic and contemporary Christian theology, and philosophy. These sources will be considered so that students may begin developing their own constructive theology of beauty.

Terms Typically Offered: Spring.

THEO-470  Special Topic:  1-3 Credits  

Study of a special topic in theology. May be repeated for credit.

THEO-480  Individual Studies:  1-3 Credits  

May be repeated for credit.

THEO-490  Seminar:  3 Credits  

Mutual investigation of one topic in theology of particular relevance to upper division religion majors. May be repeated for credit.

THEO-499C  Theo/Min/Post-Chrstn Context  3 Credits  

Required of all religion majors during the senior year. This capstone course explores the changing role of pastoral, theological, and ethical reflection and practice in the contemporary context of shifting social realities. Particular attention is paid to the role of Pentecostalism within this matrix. Core requirement for the religion major offered every semester.

Terms Typically Offered: Fall and Spring.