*Christian Faith and Life - THEO 1513

Course Overview

A one semester course in which students are introduced to how a Christian perspective creates and deepens meaning in cultural, personal, social, and aesthetic issues; how to evaluate moral and ethical choices in light of sound interpretations of Christian scriptures, Christian traditions, and the Wesleyan theological perspective; and how Christians operationalize that analysis through active stewardship and service.


Course Learning 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. (Elective 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 arm 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
  1. 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.
  2. McKnight, Scot. One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010
  3. Stone, Howard W. and James O. Duke. How to Think Theologically. 3rd Ed. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2013
  4. Young, William P. The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity. Newbury Park: Windblown Media, 2007

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