ST 101 Prolegomena to Theology
- To provide foundations for the study of theology, particularly for deepening understanding of the teaching of Scripture as a whole and in its unity
Topics covered include nature, method, and sources of theology; revelation and the inspiration of Scripture.
Fall semester, two hours. Mr. Garner.
ST 113 Doctrine of God
- To grasp that we can know nothing of God except he first revealed himself to us
- To recognize that the doctrine of God (theology proper) seeks to unpack the teaching of Scripture and not directly the problems set by philosophy
- To value those ecumenical creeds of the church which give classic expression to vital elements of the doctrine of God, and whose doctrine is evident in the Westminster Standards
- To embrace the doctrine of God not as a bare set of propositions but as the very personal knowledge of God so essential to worship and service and so characteristic of a Reformed world and life view
Topics covered include revelation, names and attributes of God, and God as Trinity.
Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Oliphint.
ST 131 Survey of Reformed Theology
- To learn the basic doctrines upheld in mainstream Reformed theology
- To grasp the coherency of the system
- To understand the biblical basis for Reformed doctrine
- To appreciate the distinctiveness of Reformed theology
Topics covered include the inspiration and authority of Scripture, covenant theology, creation of man in the image of God, the person and work of Christ, and the application of redemption in Christ. Not available to M.Div. or M.A.R. students.
Fall semester, three hours. Mr. Tipton.
ST 211 Doctrine of Man
- To deepen understanding of biblical anthropology in its redemptive-historical and Reformed context
Topics covered include the theology of creation days; the nature of man, particularly as a psycho-somatic unity created in the image of God; the covenant of creation; the epistemological implications of Reformed anthropology; the fall and its implications; the imputation of Adam’s sin; the intermediate state; the nature of free moral agency; and total depravity and inability. Special attention will be given from an exegetical perspective to the redemptive-historical character and systematic theological implications of Reformed anthropology. Prerequisites, OT 011, or equivalent, completed or in progress, and NT 013, or equivalent.
Fall semester, two hours. Mr. Garner.
ST 223 Doctrine of Christ
- To deepen understanding of the salvation accomplished by the triune God in Christ in both its central focus and comprehensive scope
Topics covered include plan of salvation, covenant of grace, and person and work of Christ. Prerequisites, OT 012, or equivalent, and NT 013, or equivalent.
Spring semester, three hours. Mr. Tipton.
ST 313 Doctrine of Salvation
- To deepen understanding of the application of the salvation applied by the triune God in Christ in both its central focus and comprehensive scope
Topics covered include the relationship between eschatology and soteriology; the meaning of, and relationship between, historia salutis and ordo salutis; the function of union with Christ in Reformed soteriology; the distinct-yet-inseparable benefits of union with Christ (e.g., justification, sanctification, and adoption); a survey of biblical eschatology; and theology of the sacraments. Special attention will be given from an exegetical perspective to the redemptive-historical character and systematic theological implications of Reformed soteriology and eschatology. Prerequisites, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 013, or equivalent.
Spring semester, four hours. Mr. Tipton.
ST 323 Christian Ethics
- To study and reflect on our obligations toward God’s revealed will in the setting of the covenant
- To arrive at certain convictions about key moral issues facing the church today
- To grow in wisdom, the ability to discern good and evil in every situation
Topics covered include the biblical foundation for ethics, an introduction to different types of ethical systems, hermeneutical questions, Christians and the public square, sanctification, the clash of obligations, calling, stewardship, sexual ethics, bioethical issues, race matters, ethics in cyberspace, just war theory, and ecology. Prerequisite, OT 013, or equivalent, and NT 013, or equivalent.
Spring semester, four hours. Mr. Garner.
ST 461 Topics in the Doctrine of Man
See ST 761. Prerequisite, ST 211, completed or in progress.
Fall semester, two hours. (Not given in 2011-2012.) Mr. Poythress.
ST 481 The Theology of Romans
See ST 781. Fall semester, two hours. Mr. Tipton.
ST 503 The Theology of Karl Barth
See ST 803. Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Oliphint and Mr. Tipton.
ST 532 The Westminster Standards
See ST 932. Winter term, two hours. (Not given in 2011-2012.) Staff.
ST 601 The Trinitarian Theology of Cornelius Van Til
See ST 901. Fall semester, two hours. (Not given in 2011-2012.) Mr. Tipton.
ST 621 The Theology of Adoption
See ST 921. Spring semester, two hours. (Not given in 2011-2012.) Mr. Garner.
ST 644 The Philosophical Theology of Thomas Aquinas
See ST 944. Spring semester, two hours. Mr. Oliphint.
ST 672 Reformed Spirituality
- To acquaint students with the distinctives of Reformed spirituality
- To encourage students toward greater communion with God in faith and life
- To highlight the relationship between Reformed spirituality and the piety that dominates much of the evangelical world and popular religion
Topics covered include the doctrine of the church; sanctification; worship; the Lord’s Day and its observance; the means of grace (preaching, prayer, the sacraments of baptism and communion);
family worship; Christian liberty; the doctrines of vocation and providence; the Reformed world and life view; and the Christian in society.
Winter term, two hours. Mr. Troxel.