Biblical & Systematic Theology

STh 601: Systematic Theology 

A study of the nature, necessity, methods and materials of theology; and the application of the principles of systematic theology to the scriptural revelation about God, man and sin, following a biblical dispensational hermeneutic. Preparation of an ordination doctrinal statement for ministry students; theological reading summaries for others. Students from a Baptist heritage will be expected to clearly articulate Baptist theological distinctives and church polity. Each student's doctrinal statement/theological summaries will be prepared so as to reflect a biblical dispensational hermeneutic.

STh 602: Systematic Theology 

The application of the principles of systematic theology to the doctrines of Christ, salvation, the Church and the end times, following a biblical dispensational hermeneutic. Preparation of an ordination doctrinal statement for ministry students; theological summaries for others. Students from a Baptist heritage will be expected to clearly articulate Baptist theological distinctives and church polity. Each student's doctrinal/theological summaries will be prepared so as to reflect a biblical dispensational hermeneutic.

STh 613: Christian Apologetics 

The development of a biblical philosophy concerning the rational and evidential defense of the Christian Faith. Proofs relating to the existence of God, the historicity of Jesus Christ, and the truthfulness of biblical miracles will be presented. Includes discussion of manuscript, archaeological and scientific evidence supporting the Bible. Offers a critical examination and refutation of worldviews based on evolution, relativism and anti-biblical theism.

STh 640: Old Testament Theology 

Principles and methods of biblical theology as applied to the Old Testament.

STh 650: New Testament Theology 

Application of the principles and methods of biblical theology to the study of the New Testament, with particular focus on the Kingdom of God.

STh 675: Theology of Missions 

An examination and systemization of the teaching of Scripture on the subject of world evangelism. Includes a comparison and contrast of the biblical model with contextualized theologies, such as Minjung theology, Black theology, Hispanic theology and African theology.

STh 703: Biblical Sanctification 

A study of the theology of biblical holiness, with a special emphasis on individual progressive sanctification; and the biblical theology of ecclesiastical unity and separatism, especially as it relates to the history of Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism from the early twentieth century to the present.

STh 755: The Holy Spirit 

A study of the biblical doctrine of the person and work of the Holy Spirit. Includes a survey of the history of the doctrine, examination of the Old Testament evidence, exegesis of key New Testament passages, a refutation of the charismatic movement, and readings in the relevant theological literature.

STh 758: The Church 

A study of the biblical doctrine of the church. Includes a survey of the biblical terminology and imagery, examination of the origin of the church and its relationship to other aspects of God's program, exegesis of key New Testament passages, study of the purposes of the church, and readings in the theological literature.

STh 760: Eschatology 

A study of the biblical doctrine of the end times. Includes an examination of the principles of interpretation of prophecy, exegesis of key passages of Scripture, evaluation of the various positions on the Millennium and the Rapture, and readings in the theological literature.

STh 763: History & Theology of Religions 

A study of the origin and historical development of religion, and a comparative survey of major religions, including Judaism, Islam, Eastern religions, Roman Catholicism, Protestantism and major cults.

STh 776: Theology & Practice of Prayer 

Investigation and systematization of the teaching of Scripture from biblical models, commands and instructions concerning prayer. Readings from the major devotional and expositional classics on the subject.

STh 850: Advanced New Testament Theology 

Study of the history of New Testament biblical theology and application of the methods of biblical theology to words, books and subjects not covered in the other theology courses. Prerequisite: STh 650.

STh 851: Christology 

A systematic study of the biblical doctrine of the person of Christ, including exegesis of the key Christological passages of the New Testament, refutation of modern theological errors, and a thorough survey of the classic scholarly literature.

STh 855: Soteriology 

A systematic study of the biblical doctrine of salvation, including exegesis of the key New Testament passages on the salvific work of Christ and its application to the believer. Examination of the various schools of thought concerning the doctrine, and a thorough survey of the salient theological literature.

STh 865: Contemporary Theology 

An examination of the most important contemporary theologians and the relationship of their theology to biblical teaching.

STh 871: Historical Theology 

An historical study of the development in the understanding and expression of Christian doctrines in ancient and medieval times. Special attention is given to leaders of theological thought, philosophical backgrounds in the history of dogma, and the creeds of Christendom.

STh 872: Historical Theology 

An historical study of the development in the understanding and expression of Christian doctrines from the Reformation to modern times. Special attention is given to leaders of theological thought, philosophical backgrounds of the history of dogma, and the creeds of Christendom.

STh 879: Seminar in Theological Classics 

Studies in the theological works of great Christian writers.

STh 885: Readings in Theology 

Readings in the areas of individual theological interest (e.g. Thomas Aquinas, Luther and Lutheranism, Calvin and Calvinism) or of special doctrinal problems.

STh 931: History & Problems of Interpretation 

A study of the history, principles and problems of interpretation as they apply to the Old and New Testaments.

STh 941: History & Nature of Biblical Theology 

A study of the history and nature of Old and New Testament biblical theology. Application of the principles of biblical theology to selected Old and New Testament books. Prerequisite: STh 640

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STh 942: Advanced Old Testament Theology 

Reinforcement and development in the application of the principles of biblical theology to selected Old Testament books, passages, words and subjects. Prerequisite: STh 941.

STh 991: Teaching Internship 

In the final year of his doctoral coursework, each doctoral candidate will be assigned a faculty professor-mentor for one semester. During this semester the candidate will be assigned test construction, lecture preparation and presentation, student consultation, project grading, and course management duties by his professor. The professor will also evaluate the preparation and presentation of a multi-hour teaching unit by the candidate in a course of the professor's choosing. Subject matter and pedagogical reading will be assigned according to the need of the student, at the professor's discretion.

STh 992: Theological Research Methods

Instruction in both electronic and hard copy resources for theological research, methods for the collection, analysis, and organization of research data; and an introduction to graduate paper and dissertation writing. Research and an initial dissertation proposal will be written for the course.

STh 993: Dissertation Research 

Guidance in the selection of a dissertation topic and in the research and writing of the dissertation. Required each semester and/or summer upon the fulfillment of all coursework until dissertation is completed. A maximum of six credits may count toward degree requirements.

STh 994: Dissertation Research 

Guidance in the selection of a dissertation topic and in the research and writing of the dissertation. Required each semester and/or summer upon the fulfillment of all coursework until dissertation is completed. A maximum of six credits may count toward degree requirements.

STh 995: Dissertation Research 

Guidance in the selection of a dissertation topic and in the research and writing of the dissertation. Required each semester and/or summer upon the fulfillment of all coursework until dissertation is completed. A maximum of six credits may count toward degree requirements.

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