THEO 221 Thinking Theologically


This overview of topics within systematic theology – God, Trinity, Christ, grace, salvation, church, sacraments – has a twofold aim: (1) developing skills of theological thinking, speaking, and writing, and (2) providing a framework in which to place more specialized courses.

Course objectives:

  1. Introduce the major topics and thinkers of systematic theology in their historical contexts. These topics include: the sources and methods of theology; the Triune God; the person and work of Christ; theological anthropology (human nature, grace, and sin); the church; the sacraments; Christian theology of religious pluralism; and eschatology.
  2. Through the reading of primary sources representing a wide range of historical periods the students will learn to identify correctly an author’s argument, develop the ability to compare and contrast various theological positions, identify some of the historical and philosophical factors which influenced them, and form a theological judgment today.
  3. Relate traditional theological themes to contemporary questions (e.g., ministry in the church, religious pluralism and salvation).
  4. Develop the skill of writing on theological topics, through short and long assignments.
  5. Prepare students for further theological study, both undergraduate and graduate.
  6. Communicate to students the joy of theology.