Department of Systematic Theology Robert L. Saucy, Th.D., Chair Faculty Professors: Saucy, Holloman Assistant Professor: Mueller (Talbot Valley Campus) It is the purpose of the department of systematic theology to give the student a thorough grasp of the great doctrines of the Christian faith. Based upon the Scrip­ ture as the ultimate source of authority the doctrines are developed through the sys­ tematic examination and integration of rel­ evant Scriptures with consideration given to doctrinal interpretations throughout church history. Along with the acquisition of a knowledge of the theological doctrines of the Scriptures, it is the goal of the de­ partment to develop in the students a fa­ cility which will allow them to continue their own theological development TH 502 THEOLOGY I (4) The nature, method and rationale of Christian theology. Revelation, both gener­ al and special, inspiration, canonicity, au­ thority and illumination of the Word of God. The doctrine of God, including His existence, attri butes and Trinitarian nature; and angels, both good and evil. Prescribed for M.Div and MA (CE.) students. TH 603 THEOLOGY II (4) Man, his creation in the image of God, his nature, fall and the effect of sin upon the race. The salvation of God, includ ing the person and work of Christ The appl ication of salvation to men includi ng elect ion, re­ generation, justification, sanctification and perseverance. Prescribed for M.Div and MA (CE.) students.


TH 604 THEOLOGY Ill (4) The church, its inception, its nature as a liv­ ing organism and an organization, its ordi­ nances and mission. The study of future things relati ng to the destiny of individuals and history, including the second coming of Christ in its phases, the millennial reign of Christ, the resurrections, the judgments and eternal state. Emphasis is placed upon the broad ki ngdom purpose of God. Pre­ scribed for M.Div. and MA (CE.) students. TH 605 BIBLIOLOGY, THEOLOGY PROPER AND ANTHROPOLOGY (4) Prolegomena to systematic theology in­ cluding its nature and method. The study of bibliology including revelation, inspira­ tion, canonicity, authority and illumination of the Scriptures. The doctrine of God , His existence and nature. Angels, both good and evil , and man, including his creation, nature and sinful condition. Prescribed for MA (Min.) and MA (BS, B.E) students. TH 606 SOTERIOLOGY, ECCLESIOL­ OGY AND ESCHATOLOGY (4) The study of salvation, its provision in the person and work of Christ and its applica­ tion to man. The church, including its in­ ception, nature as a livi ng organism and or­ ganization. The doctrine of future things relat ing to the destiny of individuals, na­ tions and the universe. Prescribed for M. A. (Min. ) and MA (BS, B.E.) students.

TH 718 THEOLOGY O F CHRISTIAN NURTURE (2) Designed for the student with background in the biblical and theological knowledge of soteriology. Consideration of the nature of personal transformation in regeneration, the means and dynamics of nurture includ­ ing the relat ion of cognitive and relat ional aspects. Examination of the nature of spi r i­ t ual maturity and its relation to psychologi­ cal maturity and hindrances to growth. Team taught by faculty with strength in theology and psychology. Prerequisite: TH 606, TH 603 or equivalent Prescribed for reduced MA (CE.) students. Elective. TH 72 1THE THEOLOGY OF JOHN CALVIN (2) Treatment of the text of the Institutes of the Christian Religion, with consideration of his special contribution to theology and the relevance of his thinking for our day. Elective. TH 724 ESCHATOLOGICAL PROBLEMS (2) Typical exegetical and doctrinal problems in the area of Bible prophecy. Lectures, as­ signed problems with written and class­ room reports, discussion and library re­ search. Elective. An intensive study of that system of biblical interpretation known as dispensationalism; its historical background, modern form and objections. Emphasizing primary the­ ological and exegetical issues or disagree­ ment between dispensational and non­ dispensational positions. Elective. TH 725 THE DISPENSATIONAL SYSTEM (2) TH 728 THEOLOGICAL SYSTEMS (2) Several major theological systems of thought emphasizing those within the Prot­ estant perspective, but also includi ng sig­ nificant Roman Catholic and Jewish sys­ tems. Prescribed for MA (TS.) students.

A detailed study of the tenets of Roman Catholicism; reading from representative Roman Catholic literature; particular atten­ tion given to the distinctions between Ro­ man Cathol ic and Protestant doctrines. Es­ pecially helpful for those contemplat ing missionary service in countries dominated by Roman Cathol icism. Elective. TH 709 CONTEMPORARY THEOLOGY (2) The study of contemporary theological po­ sitions, including a survey of the philosophi­ cal and theological thought leading up to the present scene. Prescribed for M.A. (TS), MA (Mis.) and Th.M. (Sys.Th.) stu­ dents. TH 710 PNEUMATOLOGY (2) The person and work of the Holy Spirit both in the Old and New Testaments with particular attention to His mi nistries in this age to the individual believer and the church. Prerequisite NT 501-502. Elec­ tive. TH 712 CURRENT THEOLOGICAL ISSUES (2) An intensive study of the thought of par­ ticular contemporary theologians, promi­ nent theological or theologically significant ethical issues in the light of biblical revela­ tion. Elective.



The history of the doctrine: the scriptural evidence for verbal and plenary inspiration and a refutation of all impor tant denials of the infallibility of the Scriptures. Prerequi­ site: TH 502 or the equivalent in Bibliology. Elective.

Exploration of key areas relating to the na­ ture of man from both a theological and psychological perspective: the biblical na­ ture of man in comparison to teaching the­ ories of human development The meaning and significance of man created in the im­ age of God; nature and dynamics of si n which lead to sins or psychological malad­ justments; practical application of the above concepts to the areas of personal growth and disciple, educat ion and child rearing and church ministry. Team taught by faculty with strength in theology and psychology. Prerequisite: TH 605, TH 603, or equivalent Prescr ibed for reduced MA (CE. ) students. Elective.


The history of the doctrine, beginning with the Fathers, traced through the Reformers and continued into the twentieth century, with a refutation of heterodox views. Elective.


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