*Foundations of Christian Belief - THEO 3053

Course Overview 

A General Education CORE course, is an approach to basic categories and concepts of Christian theology via the perspective of Biblical tradition, historical development, and contemporary relevance. Specific attention will be given to addressing current social and ethical issues.

Course Learning Outcomes

This course is designed so that the students will be able to:
  1. Understand and articulate the foundations of Christian belief in both doctrine and practices.
  2. Identify and understand a relationship between historic Christian faith and contemporary issues related to life and culture.
  3. Explore the questions of the meaning of the universe and who the student is in relation to the Creator and His purposes.
  4. Interpret and articulate with greater clarity from an informed theological perspective contemporary issues and events and the relationship between Christian thinking and living.
  5. Identify distinctive aspects of a Wesleyan understanding of the Christian faith and how that faith is expressed in the life and context of the Church of the Nazarene.

 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. Jones, Beth Felker. Practicing Christian Doctrine: An Introduction to Thinking and Living Theologically. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.
  3. Crutcher, Timothy J. John Wesley: His Life and Thought. Kansas City: Beacon Hill Press, 2015.


All students taking Foundations of Christian Belief should have already completed the earlier General Education courses Christian, Faith and Life and Old Testament Literature and Life or New Testament Literature and Life.