This course provides a foundational understanding of Christian theology and anthropology with reference to their biblical, traditional and contemporary formulations, as expressed in various ecclesial and contextual/intercultural perspectives. Topics to be discussed include 1) revelation and theology, 2) God, especially the doctrine of the Trinity, 3) creation and providence, 4) theological anthropology (origin and nature of humanity), and 5) sin and grace. It meets the M. Div. core requirement in Systematic Theology "a" (STA).
From the church's beginnings, disciples of Jesus Christ have reflected upon theimplications of his good news as they emerge in scripture, life, worship, and doctrine in order to carry on and deepen the remembrance of Christ and further his work. This course introduces students to a significant body of biblical and postbiblical theological and historical tradition as a means of acquiring broader and deeper perspective on our common and personal faith, a more sympathetic appreciation for that catholic and apostolic church of which we are parts, and training in that tradition in which we participate. Moreover, students should acquire an improved facility in theological reflection and ability to articulate the meaning of the Christian faith in contemporary and cross-cultural terms, both of which skills will carry over into our reading, understanding, and exposition of Scripture itself.