This 4-unit course examines "election, Christ’s redemptive work, the Holy Spirit’s role in salvation; present and future dimensions of the Kingdom of God; the last things" (Undergraduate Catalog). We will emphasize redemption as remembered, presupposed, and actualized through corporate and private prayer, specifically the Lord's Prayer as Jesus' programmatic guide to appreciate and realize the goal of his ministry of reconciliation. The course helps fulfill the theological/historical studies emphasis of the religious studies major, and the systematic theology upper-division elective of both the major and the minor. Of the General Education requirements, it meets the Writing for the Liberal Arts, Writing outside the Major, or Writing within the Major component. Introduction to Christian Doctrine (rs20) is a formal prerequisite.
The doctrine of salvation is the heart of the Church's story. Reflecting on it in a sustained and responsible way is thus key to the discipline of Christian systematic theology, and thus of our theological project. Christians point unceasingly to Jesus Christ as the definitive actualization of the Father's will to rescue the creation and bring it to its always intended goal. We will explore the broad shape of Christian theologies of election, atonement, justification, sanctification, and final things, scrutinize biblical sources and explore biblical dynamics, review patristic, medieval, Reformation, modern, and contemporary theological trajectories, attend to the spiritual, ecclesial, and missionary implications for us of what God has done in Jesus Christ, and treat ourselves to some of the best contemporary theology being written in the Protestant and Catholic traditions.