Luke, the New Testament historian, sought to write an orderly account of the early church so that he might instruct Theophilus in the historical reliability of the Christian faith. This course begins where Luke left off and provides an introduction to some of the key theological issues and personalities in the theology of the early church up to the Council of Chalcedon (451 CE), including formative issues in biblical interpretation, the development of an orthodox faith, and the seminal theology of the early church fathers. Prerequisite: THS 540
This course is designed to help students understand the ongoing relationship between Christianity and culture, and how cultural awareness along with critical skills for critiquing culture from a Christian perspective enhances ministry and leadership effectiveness both in the church and within society at large. The course seeks to lay biblical, theological and historical foundations for Christian understandings of culture, while also facilitating practical exploration of specific spheres of Christian involvement in culture. Prerequisite: THS 540
This course gives the student an opportunity to do focused study in a specialized area of Theological Studies. It will help students to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the field, challenge them to do in-depth critical research of current issues and concepts, and promote growth in skills that are relevant to the discipline.
Special Topic: MB Convictions
A seminar exploring a selection of current theological issues. We will reflect briefly on principles that help us to engage theological problems effectively, and on the landscape of contemporary Christian theological debate. We will then examine a number of major issues under discussion today. Several strategic issues will be chosen and examined by the instructor; students will select and present papers on other relevant topics. Key topics may include: open theism, pluralism/inclusivism (the status of the unevangelized), and issues relating to spiritual gifts. Prerequisite: THS 540
An examination and evaluation of major theological developments which have shaped the Christian world in recent generations. We will discuss the contributions of significant individuals together with the schools of thought they represent. students will leave this class more familiar with the world of contemporary Christian thought, better equipped to assess the contributions and weaknesses of current theologies, and more thoroughly prepared to deal with the hermeneutical issues that the Christian thinker must tackle as he or she seeks to communicate the gospel in our Modern and Postmodern setting. Prerequisite: THS 571
This course begins with a consideration of the anthropological and sociological understandings of a “worldview” and how it works to shape personal and community ethos. It then moves to a selective survey of the history of the Christian worldview as it has gained expression from the patristic times to the twentieth century. Special attention is given to the way in which diverse worldviews have shaped and affected theological discussion and expression.
Students consider the oriental thought and its worldview(s) in the light of Christian truth. Nationalism, literature, and philosophical elements of oriental culture as expressed in individual and communal settings are analyzed. The contextualization of the gospel to this culture is considered.
This course surveys contemporary religious, philosophical and cultural ideologies with particular emphasis upon their significance for communicating the Christian worldview. New Age, religious pluralism, humanism, post-communism, utopianism, and various Hindu sects and ideologies of science and technology are considered.
The nature and meaning of arts and literature in relation to the development of Christian thought is examined in this course. The historical and ideological backgrounds of post-modernism and its influence upon the arts and literature are analyzed and criticized from the Christian worldview position.