Department of Systematic Theology
Welcome to the Department of Systematic Theology. All theology taught at WRS is rooted in and developed from the Holy Scriptures with the starting point that the Bible alone is the written Word God. Theology is viewed as the queen of academic sciences because it reveals the God of creation and redemption, and it gives God’s servants answers for living in the here and hereafter. Students will read and discuss classic systematic theology writings by Reformed theologians like Calvin and Charles Hodge.
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Revelation, inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of the Word of God; covenants; methodology in biblical and systematic theology. 3 hrs.
The existence, knowability, attributes of God; God as Father, Son, and Spirit; Trinity; deity of Christ and of the Spirit; incarnation of Christ; the work of God, His decrees, creation, preservation, and providence. 3 hrs.
Man as created (origin, nature, and state); his fall; sin and its effects; the redemptive work of Christ, application of work of Christ by the Holy Spirit in grace; predestination, election, calling, regeneration, repentance, faith, justification, adoption, union with Christ, sanctification, perseverance. 3 hrs.
Origin, nature, and purpose of the church; biblical covenants; the sacraments; church government; relation of the church to eschatology; the intermediate state, resurrection and judgment, the eternal state; premillennialism compared with amillennialism and postmillennialism; varieties of premillennialism. 3 hrs.
The Christian life and defense of the faith; discussion of moral and social concerns, world view, faith and reason, philosophy and history. 3 hrs.
Prolegomena; revelation; theology proper, the Trinity, creation, providence; anthropology; hamartiology. 3 hrs.
Christology, soteriology, predestination, the atonement, ecclesiology, eschatology. 3 hrs.
Survey of the history of the Westminster Assembly and the development of the Standards; content of the standards and approaches to subscription; memorization of the Shorter Catechism; required for M.Div. and M.T.S. students. 2 hrs.
A seminar concerning a specific theological issue tracing both the biblical foundation and theological development of the issue. 2 hrs.
A seminar discussion concerning the theology of either a biblical book, author, or type of literature; e.g., theology of Genesis, Mosaic theology, or the Law. 2 hrs.
Individual study of issues in theological method and/or systems available to those interested in advanced research. Department permission required. 2 hrs.
Individual study of issues in biblical theology available to those interested in advanced research. Department permission required. 2-3 hrs.
A thesis of approximately 10,000 words, prepared under the direction of the Systematic Theology department, defending a proposition related to systematic theology. The thesis is to follow the format described in the latest edition of Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 2 hrs.
A thesis of approximately 10,000 words, prepared under the direction of the Theological Studies department, defending a proposition related to biblical theology. The thesis is to follow the format described in the latest edition of Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 2 hrs.
An introduction to the subject of logic from the traditional standpoint. Includes categories, predicables, propositions, distribution of terms, immediate inferences, syllogisms and related forms, and common fallacies. 2 hrs.
A survey of the scriptures and distinctive beliefs of major non-Christian religions of the world and the most effective Christian witness to them; includes readings, lectures, and student projects and presentations. 2 hrs.
An introduction to the various theological positions throughout Christendom: Reformed, Arminian, Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Anglican, Baptistic, etc. 2 hrs.
A detailed study of the doctrine of Scripture has propounded in the Westminster Standards and as explicated by the Westminster divines and their contemporaries; recent debates as to the doctrine of the inerrancy of Scripture as taught by the Westminster Standards; other current controversies related to the Westminster doctrine of Scripture. 2 hrs.
Survey of different schools of apologetics and the relation of science to the defense of the Christian faith; history of relation of science and theology; survey of biblical descriptions of creation and the universe; different viewpoints of Christian apologists regarding the creation; confirmation of the Bible from fields of science, including physics, astronomy, cosmology, and biology.
An in-depth study of the issues of making theology relevant to the growth of a Christian; survey of different approaches to sanctification. 2 hrs.
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