Systematic Theology is the pulling together of the entire biblical narrative to create a full understanding of who God is, who we are, and what we should do because of those. A few areas we will study will be:
- Theology Proper: who is the Father? When we say "God is love," but also, "God is Just," how do we connect those?
- Euthyphro's Dilemma: Is something good because God loves it? Or does God love it because it is good? Answering this question will serve as an introduction to ethics.
- Soteriology: How are we saved? What is the role of the Holy Spirit and how does it relate to the human will?
- Christology: Who is Jesus? How does he relate to the Father?
- Pneumatology: Who is the Holy Spirit? What does he do? How does he relate to the Son and the Father?
- Bibliology: What is the Bible? Where did it come from? Why should we trust it? (This will also serve as an introduction to apologetics.)
- Protology: Why did God create the world? We will look at Jonathon Edward's answer especially.
- Ecclesiology: What should churches look like? What are the New Testaments roles of pastors, deacons, and elders? What are some of the main differences in modern denominations?
- Eschatology: What will happen in the end?
As you can see, this class is meant to be a wide introduction to each of these; not to master them, but to get students to begin to even consider them.
Students should have completed Old Testament, New Testament, and preferably Biblical Theology before taking this class.
* This course is currently waiting for additional students. Please contact us
if you are interested!