Master of Theology Course Curriculum 2015


January 5-9   ST 712L Divorce in Scripture, History, and Theology


  • To acquaint students with the exegetical, historical, and theological dimensions of gender, marriage, and divorce in Scripture and tradition
  • To instruct students in the integration of biblical and systematic theological labors with questions in ethics and pastoral care
  • To model theological inquiry by exploring the biblical nature and grounds of divorce as rooted in a theological anthropology of personhood and situated in the protology and eschatology of gender and marriage
  • To introduce and interact with contemporary voices in theological exegesis and ethics from the perspective of catholic, confessional Reformed theology
  • To clarify the nature of spousal and family abuse in light of the Gospel, and to commend the privileges and responsibilities the Church has toward perpetrators and victims-survivors of spousal and family abuse.

Topics include:

  • The theological exegesis of the places in Scripture where divorce is in view, including the question of its origins, with special attention to Genesis 3:16
  • The New Testament use of the Old Testament on the topics of gender and divorce, with special attention to Matthew and Paul
  • Masculinity, femininity, and the eschatology of gender distinctions and their role in the biblical typologies underlying divorce legislation
  • Healthy and distorted models of male “headship” in Scripture and history, including discussion of the question of “patriarchy” in Scripture
  • The role of the Church and the ministry of the Gospel in relationship to the challenges of homosexuality and spousal or family abuses.

Mark Garcia


April 13-17   CH 837L   John Owen and English Puritanism


  • to examine the life and work of John Owen, particularly concentrating on the period 1640-1660

Topics include:

  • The impact of politics upon theology
  • The threat of antinomianism and neonomianism
  • Defending Scripture in an age of enthusiasm
  • Tracing change as well as continuity in Owen’s writing

Students will be expected to complete extensive readings in work by Owen and his English contemporaries, as we examine his ideas in contexts.

Crawford Gribben


June 29 - July 3    ST 733L Trinitarian Theology Ancient and Modern


  • To explore the doctrine of the trinity from primary texts from the fourth century trinitarian crisis, Augustine, key medieval theologians and a selection of Reformation and post-Reformation authors.
  • To give the student a thorough knowledge of the church's historic doctrine of the trinity.
  • To develop the ability to read primary theological sources, provide an understanding of how Reformation theologians interacted with the tradition, and enhance the student's ability to appreciate perspectives different than his own.
  • To help students gain a base for further scholarly work in theology and/or the application of theology in church ministry.

Topics include:

  • Reading and seminar discussion of key works of fourth century theologians such as Athanasius, Basil the Great, Gregory of Nyssa and Gregory of Nazianzus, together with the resolution of the trinitarian crisis at the First Council of Constantinople.
  • A consideration of Augustine's doctrine of the trinity and various critical appraisals of its role in the history of theology.
  • An evaluation of the Eastern and Western doctrines of the trinity, together with claims that such distinctions are inapplicable.
  • Reading and seminar discussion of important works on the trinity from within the Reformed church; such as John Calvin, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards and Karl Barth.

Robert Letham


August 24-28    CH 742L  Apologetics and the Contemporary Era


  • To study the major apologetics texts of the church in the 19th through 21st centuries.
  • To compare the methods and arguments used
  • To assess those methods in relation to the needs of apologetics today

Topics include: Abraham Kuyper, Benjamin Warfield, G.K. Chesterton, J. Gresham Machen, Cornelius Van Til, Francis A. Schaeffer, C.S. Lewis, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Lesslie Newbigin, Os Guinness, William Lane Craig. This course looks at why the church has engaged apologetics in the global era and focuses on the main features of modern apologists.

Text: W. Edgar and S. Oliphint, Eds., Christian Apologetics Past and Present. Crossway, 2011, pp. 305-718.

William Edgar


August 31-September 4   ST 802L - CH 820L Classical Reformed Covenant Theology


  • This course will cover the covenant theology of selected major authors from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 

Topics include: Robert Rollock, John Ball, Samuel Petto, John Owen, Thomas Blake, and Thomas Boston. The course will examine the evidence for and the relationship between the covenants, and will use material from the period to assess recent critiques of classic Reformed covenant theology.     

Garry Williams