Master of Theology Course Curriculum 2014
January 6-10 ST 813L Covenant and Christology
Purpose: The course seeks to understand the comprehensive accomplishment of redemption by the Triune God in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
- Plan of Salvation (historical conceptions and exegetical foundations)
- Covenant of Works (historical and biblical considerations)
- Covenant of Grace (christocentrism, redemptive organism, Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants)
- Person and work of Christ (hypostatic union, one person, two natures and two estates)
- Contemporary Christologies: Protestant and Roman Catholic (Rudolph Bultmann and Karl Rahner)
While the course will deal with historical concerns, the primary focus will rest on the biblical foundations for systematic theological formulation. Special attention will be given to the topics from an exegetical and redemptive-historical perspective.
March 3-7 ST 982L The Origins of English Nonconformity from 1660 to 1735
Purpose: This course of study will concentrate on the period from 1660 to 1735, the age of ‘Old Dissent’. It will also focus on the nonconformity that developed between the Restoration of the Monarchy and the impact of the eighteenth century Evangelical Revival.
- Impact of the Restoration on Puritanism.
- Conflicting aspirations for comprehension and toleration.
- Important doctrinal issue of the Neonomian Controversy and its significance for the doctrine of justification, the growth of Arianism and different responses to this and the development of Hyper-Calvinism with some consideration of its extent.
- Significant theologians and leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, Robert Trail, Benjamin Keach, Isaac Watts, Thomas Bradbury, Bernard Foskett and Philip Doddridge.
June 30 - July 4 CH 731L Presbyterians, Congregationalists and the Westminster Assesembly of Divines
- To acquaint students with the historical, political, and ecclesiastical context of the the Westminster Assembly of Divines and the wider Puritan Revolution.
- Apply the methods of reformed-orthodox theological discourse to the topic of church government.
- Dissect, analyze, and apply the various forms of polity offered in the assembly.
- Understand Westminster's final form of church government and how it was developed.
- Familiarize students with the major contributors to these debates and their impact on church government.
Westminster assembly of divines, Scottish Presbyterianism, English Presbyterianism, Episcopalianism, Puritan ecclesiological development leading up to the Revolution, Debates over Church Government, and influential puritan divines including - but not limited to - Samuel Rutherford, George Gillespie, Edmund Calamy, Stephen Marshall, Lazarus Seaman, John Cotton, Gisbert Voet, Thomas Goodwin, Jeremiah Burroughs, and William Bridge.
August 25-29 CH 872L The Life and Thought of John Owen
Purpose: To provide a study of Owen’s life and the influences on his theology.
Topics covered include:
- Covenant structure of his theology and to his distinctive contributions to Puritan teaching. Seminar presentation will be required.
September 1-5 ST 802L - The Theology of Andrew Fuller
Purpose: To study certain aspects of the theology of Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) who has been described as “the soundest and most creatively useful theologian the Particular Baptists have ever had” (A.C. Underwood).
Topics covered include:
The historical context of the theology of Andrew Fuller , as well as his teaching on the Trinity and the cross, conversion and revival, his piety as well as his response to various erroneous theologies, such as Hyper-Calvinism, Deism, Socinianism, and Sandemanianism. The objectives of the course are basically three. First, the course seeks to provide the student with an informed awareness of the life and times of Fuller, and the major aspects of their thinking. Second, the student will be exposed to other aspects of Fuller’s thinking by means of a major paper. Third, Fuller’s God-centred piety will be presented as a model for imitation.