This course examines the problem of evil. First we will seek to understand the nature of the challenge to Christianity that is represented by this problem in both its logical and probabilistic forms. Secondly, we will examine the kinds of responses that are offered to it. Our underlying goal through this entire process will be to increase our effectiveness in presenting the message of Christianity in a manner that is compelling, accurate, and credible for the sake of both Christians and non-Christians.
An examination of epistemological and related methodological issues that affect the work of the Christian theological scholar, considered generally in the contemporary academic context, and concretely in the specialization disciplines of the MTS and MTh programs. Students will explore the implications of these issues for research writing (including thesis preparation) in their own specializations. They will also engage in critical interdisciplinary dialogue on research projects presented by their fellow students. Prerequisite: MTS 803, MTH 890
A course designed to equip seminarians with theological and practical foundations of evangelism. Historical patterns of church extension and contemporary strategies will be reviewed. In particular, consideration will be given to the presentation of the uniqueness of Jesus Christ in the midst of pluralism, multi-culturalism and universalism.
The study of theology extends to the manner in which non-Western communities of Christians endeavour to shape their world by their faith. Special emphasis is given to examining Christology and Soteriology from a cross-cultural perspective, and to the manner by which both Western and non-Western traditions may interact. Cross-listed as THS 614.
Historical origins, beliefs, and practices of major world religions are examined, with the purpose of analyzing the impact of the worldview generated by each faith group in order to gain insights into potential points of contact for mission and ministry in cross-cultural encounters or in pluralistic societies.
This introduction to cross-cultural ministries and the principles which serve as their foundation is supported by case studies which provide insight into positive and negative experiences in attempts at contextualization. Traditions and theologies which Christian communities around the world have developed in order to express their faith and worship in meaningful and culturally-appropriate ways are also highlighted.
Biblical themes relating to the missionary concern of God will be examined. Additionally, focus will be placed on the manner by which healthy relationships between a sending church and various missionary contexts may be established and maintained.
The student will survey the entire learning ministry of the local church including worship, teaching, community life and service; all with age specific needs in mind. This course will enable the student to initiate a personal philosophy and practice of church ministry.
Reflecting upon the theological, historical and practical dimensions of teaching/learning, the student will develop an appreciation for how people learn to become disciples of Christ. The student will also develop a basic foundation of learning principles and practice using them in a ministry setting.
This course focuses upon leading a vibrant small group ministry. The student will embrace a theology of the church community and an appreciation for the longstanding historic role of small groups within the church. In addition, the student will acquire contemporary insights related to small group dynamics and the organization of a small group ministry within the church