This course critically explores intersections between theology, behavioral science research, pastoral care and professional counselling. Among topics covered in the course include the imago Dei in human beings, models for relating psychology and theology, types of revelatory work of God, the implications of the Atonement for pastoral care and Christian counselling, and the relationship between science, Scripture and mental health. A major focus will be the exploration of theological, behavioral science and clinical perspectives on the practice of forgiveness.
One of three introductory systematic theology courses. A study of the Bible’s story of creation, fall, and redemption. This course begins with the existence and nature of God, especially focusing on God’s action in creation and providence. Discussion then moves to the nature of human beings as creatures and sinners, culminating in a consideration of the person of God the Redeemer. Prerequisites: none
One of three introductory systematic theology courses. A study which continues to unfold the Bible’s story of creation, fall, and redemption. Special attention will be given to the work of the Lord Jesus Christ as well as the person and work of the Holy Spirit and the application of Christ’s work to the believer by the Holy Spirit. The course concludes with a study of last things in relation to individuals and future things. Prerequisite: none
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.