Course Descriptions – Theological Studies

Theological Studies

Christian Apologetics

APOL 210 Philosophy of Religion (3 hours)

An introductory study of basic apologetics, presenting reasonable evidence supporting the Christian faith, and examining contemporary challenges to the faith.


APOL 315 Apologetics Seminar (1-3 hours)

A focused study of selected apologetics subjects of current interest.


APOL 370 Contemporary World Religions (3 hours)

An introductory survey of the beliefs and practices of the major religions of the modern world, notably Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.


Ethics


ETHI 110 Modern Ethical Problems (2 hours)

A survey of key moral issues confronting the church and society in america today, such as abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, homosexuality, and pornography.


Christian Doctrines


DOCT210 Basic Bible Doctrines (4 hours)

A survey of the basic Biblical teaching regarding God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the second coming.


DOCT311 Denominations and Cults (3 hours)

A survey of the characteristic beliefs and practices of the major denominations and cults in the United States. Prerequisite: DOCT210


DOCT313 Contemporary Theological Trends (3 hours)

A study of the major theological ideas that have been prominent in America during the last century (notably liberalism, fundamentalism, and evangelicalism). Prerequisite: DOCT210


DOCT319 Old Testament Theological Studies (3 hours)

A study of the key theological terms of the old testament that have a bearing on New Testament thought and interpretation, such as sin, righteousness, holiness, Messiah, king, worship, sacrifice, atonement, and redeemer. Prerequisite: DOCT210


DOCT332 Messianic Prophecy (3 hours)

A careful exegesis of selected personal Messianic prophecies and a systematic look at major themes, including the restoration of Israel, the Messianic kingdom, and future life in the Old Testament. Prerequisite: DOCT210


DOCT372 Theology of Worship (2 hours)

A study of the biblical concept of worship in both ancient and contemporary settings with application for corporate and personal worship. Prerequisite: DOCT210


DOCT451 Doctrine Seminar (1-3 hours)

A focused study of selected theological subjects of current interest. Prerequisite: DOCT210


Graduate Theological Studies


DOCT500 Basic Theology (3 hours)

A survey of the basic doctrines taught in Scripture regarding God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the second coming. The course is designed for those who have not taken an undergraduate basic doctrines survey course. (only offered online)


DOCT515 Doctrine Seminar (1-3 hours)

A focused study of a selected theological subject. Previous seminar topics: heaven, hell, the Devil, angels, miracles, the Lord’s Supper. The course may be taken more than once for credit as the topic is changed.


DOCT556 Demonology (1 hour)

A study of the Biblical teaching regarding the nature and work of demons, with an emphasis upon the question of present-day activity by demons.


DOCT560 Doctrine of Grace (3 hours)

A study in soteriology that focuses upon the relationship between law and grace, with an emphasis on the doctrine of justification by faith as the ground for Christian assurance. The format is to follow the doctrinal progression of Romans 1-8.


DOCT570 The Church (3 hours)

A study of the nature, purpose, and structure of the church, with special attention to subjects that are the focus of discussion today, such as elders, preachers, deacons, the role of women, Sunday worship, and the Lord’s Supper observance. (also listed as PMN 550 and offered in hybrid format)


DOCT610 Foundations of Theology (3 hours)

A study of the nature and methodology of theological studies, and the nature and authority of Biblical revelation, with an emphasis upon contemporary issues related to the concepts of truth, sound doctrine, inspiration, and inerrancy.


DOCT611 Theology of American Denominations (3 hours)

A study of the characteristic beliefs and practices of the major denominations in the United States, such as the Lutherans, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Methodists, as well as Roman Catholicism.


DOCT612 Theology of American Cults (3 hours)

A study of the characteristic beliefs of the major cults and cult families associated with Christianity in America today.


DOCT620 Doctrine of God (3 hours)

A study of the nature and attributes of God (including the concept of a Trinity), as manifested in His works of creation, providence, and redemption.


DOCT630 Christology (3 hours)

A study of the person of Christ (His deity, humanity, and the mystery of the incarnation), and the work of Christ (the meaning of His life, death, resurrection, and ascension).


DOCT640 The Holy Spirit (2 hours)

A study of the nature and work of the Holy Spirit, and how He interacts with the individual Christian and the church corporate.


DOCT650 Doctrine of Man (2 hours)

A study of the Biblical teaching regarding the nature of man, sin, and death, with a comparison to alternative views such as those of Calvinism and naturalism.


DOCT662 Doctrine of Baptism (3 hours)

A Biblical and historical study of the nature of Christian baptism, with special emphasis on its meaning and purpose.


DOCT680 Eschatology (3 hours)

A study of some key subjects related to the second coming of Christ, such as the resurrection and rapture, the judgment, heaven and hell, the millennium controversy, and the so-called “signs of the end.”


DOCT713 Types of Theology (3 hours)

A study of significant developments within theology that transcend denominational lines, and shape one’s perspective upon all theological issues. The study will consider such theological systems as Calvinism, Dispensationalism, Dominion Theology, Neo-Orthodoxy, and Evangelicalism.


DOCT790 Directed Study in Doctrine (1-3 hours)

Assigned reading and work assignments related to an area of interest to the student in doctrinal studies, under the direction of a faculty member with background in that area.


DOCT799 Thesis in Theological Studies (3 hours)


Christian Apologetics


APOL 500 Basic Apologetics (3 hours)

An introduction to the study of Christian apologetics that demonstrates how it is possible to make a rational defense of our belief in God and in the Christian faith.


APOL 515 Apologetics Seminar (1 hour)

A focused study of a selected apologetics subject. Previous seminar topics: occultism, mysticism, the New Age Movement. The course may be taken more than once for credit as the topic is changed.


APOL 570 Seminar in World Religions (3 hours)

An introductory study of the beliefs and practices of the major religions of the modern world, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Islam. The course may be taken more than once for credit as the topic is changed. (also listed as PIC 570)


APOL 790 Directed Study in Apologetics (1-3 hours)

Assigned reading and work assignments related to an area of interest to the student in apologetics studies, under the direction of a faculty member with background in that area.


Christian Ethics


ETHI 520 Human Life and Personhood (2 hours)

A study of ethical issues related to man’s special nature as the image of God (such as abortion, suicide, euthanasia, genetic and reproductive engineering, and health care).


ETHI 530 Sexuality and Marriage (2 hours)

A study of the nature of marriage and of ethical issues that arise out of humanity’s nature as a sexual being, such as divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, and gender roles.


ETHI 540 Justice and Government (2 hours)

A study of the nature of justice and the divine purpose of human government, as well as related ethical issues, such as civil disobedience, revolution, pacifism, and capital punishment.


ETHI 550 Christian Ethics for Ministry (3 hours)

A study of ethical principles and issues that are particularly relevant to ministry.


ETHI 610 Theology and Life (2 hours)

A study of how a right understanding of Biblical doctrines (such as the doctrines of God, sin, and redemption) is essential for a right approach to solving ethical problems.


ETHI 615 Ethics Seminar (1-2 hours)

A focused study of a selected ethical issue. Previous seminar topics: abortion, gender roles. The course may be taken more than once for credit as the topic is changed.


ETHI 790 Directed Study in Ethics (1-3 hours)

Assigned reading and work assignments related to an area of interest to the student in ethical studies, under the direction of a faculty member with background in that area.