On what basis do we hold confidence that the Bible is a faithful witness to the life of Christ and the character of God, infallible in all matters of faith and practice, a canon by which we can evaluate our doctrines and behavior? How can we be sure that the Bible is reliable? In this course we will examine the foundation for the reliability of Scripture and interact with critics of biblical reliability both within and without the church. Our constant goal will be to establish confidence in the scriptures as reliable, true, and trustworthy for all time. Prerequisite: CAP 550 and CAP 560
An exploration of the evidence for the historical Jesus and his relationship to “the Christ of faith.” Areas of inquiry include key challenges to the quest for the historical Jesus, the reliability of the New Testament documents, the resurrection of Jesus, and strategies for making the case for the historical Jesus in a postmodern world. Prerequisite: CAP 550 and CAP 560
This course examines a number of prominent current social and moral issues in western culture. These include ethical relativism, the question of the objectivity of moral truth, foundations of morality, tolerance, and specific moral topics such as euthanasia, genetic engineering, gay rights, environmental ethics and animal rights. Prerequisite: CAP 550 and CAP 560
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.