Theological-Historical Studies

The field of Theological-Historical Studies includes the subjects of Theology, Church History, Christian Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion.

Christian Ethics

CE 411 Christian Ethics (Fall 2016)
A survey is made of the principles of Christian behavior as outlined in the Old and New Testaments, in church history, and in contemporary Christianity. The purpose of the course is to acquaint students with biblical guidelines in Christian conduct.

CE 611 Selected Topics in Christian Ethics (Fall 2016)
From a Christian worldview perspective, this course treats current issues in moral philosophy within the purview of deontology, teleology, and utilitarian laws. Topics of special interest addressed in the course include: death, definition and the criteria for measuring; abortion; euthanasia; genetics; and others of contemporary significance.

Church History

CH 211 Baptist History (Every Spring)
This course covers the period from the establishment of Christianity to modern Baptist churches. Special emphasis is given to dissenting groups, sixteenth-century Anabaptists, early English Baptists, and the theology, polity, and praxis of Baptists in America.

CH 212 Comparative Religions (Fall 2016)
This course compares tenets of Christianity with those of major world religions and domestic cults such as: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Taoism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Christian Science, Seventh Day Adventism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Scientology, and other religions both in America and world-wide.

CH 411 History of World Religions (Fall 2016)
This study is designed to acquaint the student with the major living religions of today other than Christianity such as Animism (Folk Religions), Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Shintoism, Taoism, Islam and Judaism.

CH 412 History of Christianity (Every Spring)
The development of Christianity is traced from its inception in the first century to the present. Emphasis is given to the early Church Fathers, the Ecumenical Councils, Western Christianity in its Catholic expression, the Reformation period, denominationalism, revivalism, the modern missions movement, and the origins of contemporary movements in Christianity.

CH 421 History of the Baptists (Every Spring)
A survey of the ideas that have characterized Baptist churches from the establishment of Christianity to the modern age. Emphasis is given to the background of Baptists among Anabaptists and other dissenters, the emergence of Baptists in England and America, notable Baptist figures, and the theology, polity, and praxis of Baptists in America.

CH 511 General Church History I (Every Fall)
A broad survey of the history of Christian thought and practice from apostolic times to the present. The course gives particular attention to the early Church Fathers, Christological controversies, the Protestant Reformation, revival and missionary impulses, and the emergence of contemporary movements in Christianity.

CH 512 General Church History II (As Needed)
A survey of the history of Christianity from the Reformation to the present. Emphasis is given to the Protestant Reformation, the emergence of modern denominations, revival and missionary movements, and the origins of contemporary movements in Christianity.

CH 621 Survey of Baptist Heritage (Every Spring)
A survey of the historical and theological basis of Baptist thought and practice that highlights the unique contributions and distinctive features of the Baptist movement. The course particularly studies the background of Baptists, the emergence of Baptists in the seventeenth century, and significant Baptist figures and movements in Britain, America, and across the world. Prerequisite: CH 511.

CH 631 Special Studies in Church History (Fall 2015)
This course is designed to offer specialized and advanced studies in various topics of church history and theology. Issues are selected which have had significant impact in the history of the church. Prerequisite: CH 511 or CH 621. Note: May be repeated when a different topic is studied.

Philosophy of Religion

PhR 411 Christian Philosophy (As Needed)
This is an introductory study in the field of Christian philosophy, focusing on a biblical epistemology and relating this to the patterns of changing philosophies.

PhR 412 Current Movements in Religion (As Needed)
A survey is made of the leading cults, sects, and movements in contemporary America, exclusive of the major non-Christian religions of the world.

PhR 511 Apologetics (As Needed)
A study of the defense of the Christian-theistic world view is made against the background of a brief survey of anti-theistic thought and representative approaches to Christian apologetics from the Greek Fathers through the modern era. Emphasis is given to methodologies and proposals in light of biblical revelation.

PhR 515 Special Studies in Philosophy of Religion (As Needed)
This course is designed to offer specialized and advanced studies in various facets of philosophy, theology or ethics for a Christian world view. Issues may be of contemporary or classical importance.

Theology

TH 211 Baptist Doctrine (Fall 2016)
This is a theological-historical survey of Baptist teachings as found in historical Baptist confessions of faith and doctrinal statements. The course is designed to introduce undergraduate students to historical Baptist teachings.

TH 411 Christian Doctrine I (Every Fall)
An introductory study of Christian theology covering introduction to theology, revelation and Scripture, the existence, attributes, and triune nature of God, the creative and providential work of God, the origin and fall of humanity, the person and work of Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the application of salvation, the biblical foundations of church life, and the end of all things..

TH 412 Christian Doctrine II (Every Spring)
By examining particular Christian doctrines at a deeper level, this course introduces students to the task of systematic theology. Emphasis is placed on reading and critiquing theologians and developing the ability to articulate theology for a lay audience. Doctrines may include soteriology and ecclesiology. Prerequisite: TH411.

TH 415 Christian Devotional Literature (Fall 2014)
This is a reading course in Christian devotional literature, designed to stimulate spiritual growth in seminarians by means of first-hand acquaintance with selected portions of great Christian literature. Note: This course must be approved on an individual basis.

TH 421 Studies in Theology (As Needed)
This course consists of in-depth examination of a theological subject or subjects. Possible areas of study may include topics in systematic or biblical theology or the theological emphases of a particular writer or writers. Note: The course may be repeated when a different subject matter is studied. Prerequisite: TH 411 or TH 412.

TH 511 Systematic Theology I (Every Fall)
An orderly study of Christian doctrines covering introduction to theology, revelation and Scripture, the existence, attributes, and triune nature of God, the creative and providential work of God, the origin and fall of humanity, the person and work of Christ, the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the application of salvation, the biblical foundations of church life, and the end of all things..

TH 512 Systematic Theology II (Every Spring)
An advanced examination of the field of systematic theology that studies particular doctrines and theological issues in depth. Emphasis is placed on the development of a critical theological perspective and on the ability to articulate theological concepts in both oral and written formats. Areas studied may include the Trinity, soteriology, and ecclesiology. Prerequisite: TH 412 or TH 511.

TH 515 Christian Devotional Literature (Fall 2014)
This is a reading course in Christian devotional literature, designed to stimulate spiritual growth and understanding in seminarians by means of first-hand acquaintance with selected portions of great Christian literature. Note: This course must be approved on an individual basis.

TH 621 Selected Topics in Theology (As Needed)
Specialized and advanced studies are made in various topics of systematic and/or biblical theology. The distinctive theological emphases of a particular writer or of a certain book of the Bible may be studied. Note: The course may be repeated when different subject matter is studied.

TH 632 Master’s Research Thesis (As Needed)
Students may enroll in this course for six to twelve hours of credit. The course consists of a research project or thesis with individualized and specialized assignments. Faculty members will approve, supervise and evaluate the project.