*Christian Faith and Life - THEO 1513

Course Overview
This is a one semester course exploring the meaning of Christian Faith and Life. 

A required course in the SNU general education program, it is an introductory study of biblical, theological and practical perspectives that shape understanding and practice of Christian Faith and Life.

Intended Outcomes:

As a part of this course, you will meet aspects of the following SNU General Education Learning Outcome that states: SNU students can articulate how a Christian perspective creates and deepens meaning in cultural, personal, social, and aesthetic issues; can evaluate moral and ethical choices in light of sound interpretations of Christian scriptures based on the best available methods, Christian traditions, and the Wesleyan theological perspective; and can operationalize that analysis through active stewardship and service. (Christian Scriptures, Traditions, Ethics and Stewardship)

Additionally, the course contributes to these General Education learning outcomes:

SNU students are able to evaluate the assumptions, presuppositions, and arguments (both subtle and direct) embedded in expressions of thought and culture by individuals and society. (Critical Thinking/ Discernment)

SNU students can construct rational arguments based on solid evidence acquired from appropriate sources and through the use of the best available methods and can communicate those arguments clearly and concisely using sound rhetorical strategies in both speech and writing. (Effective Communication)

On a more specific level, this class is designed to enable students to:
1. Answer the question, "What is the focus and purpose of Christian Faith and Life?"

2. Describe various ways the Bible reflects the Christian Faith and Life.

3. Articulate how various theological resources influence our understanding and practice of Christian Faith and Life.

4. Understand and articulate ways that show connection between things Christians believe and affirm and how they live life in the world.

5. Explain and engage several important practices historically linked with Christian Faith and Life.

6. Reflect personally and meaningfully on the meaning of Christian Faith and Life for him/her self and for the community.

Required Texts:
  • The Bible. (You will need a contemporary version of the Bible (NRSV, NIV, NASB, CEV). It will be helpful if you use a good study Bible, though that is not required. Electronic copies of most versions of the Bible are available for use free online, however most students prefer to use a bound copy of the text.
  • McKnight, Scot. One.Life: Jesus Calls We Follow. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010.
  • Stone, Howard (with James Duke). How to Think Theologically. Third Edition. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2013.
Additional course materials will be available online in MyCourses.

Overview of Course Requirements
1. Read all assigned readings from textbooks and other articles as posted in the weekly schedule.

2. Submit notes and a summary of your study of the Gospel of Mark. (100 points)

3. Complete and report on four (4) interviews/conversations related the Christian Faith and Life. (25-40 points each; 130 points total)

4. Actively participate in 10-12 Forum discussions and/or group projects related to course ideas and material. (365 points total; points for each individual forum may vary depending on the level of engagement designated).

5. Submit notes and summary of studies in Acts and Ephesians. (50 points)

6. Submit reading response papers covering assigned questions from One.Life, How to Think Theologically, and selected articles. (360 points total; points for each will vary depending on percentage of text covered in the respective assignment)

7. Complete a mid-term and final exam. (150 points total)

8. Write a 1200-1500 word essay reflecting on your experience of studying Christian Faith and Life (guidelines for this found in Week 6). (100 points)