Theological Studies (TS)


  
TS 510 Christian Worldview and God’s Word (4 credits)
Introduces students to the principles of approaching theology (and truth in general), and apply those principles through studying some key doctrines about the central source of theological study, the Bible. This course surveys various sources and methods used in doing evangelical theology in the Asian context in light of current debates within evangelicalism. The class seeks to help students apply biblical passages and perspectives in preparation for studying theology in other classes and in addressing theological concerns in their future ministry.
TS 525 God, Angels, and Humanity (4 credits)
Provides an intermediate level survey of the next three divisions of systematic theology related to a Christian worldview: theology proper, angelology, and theological anthropology. Theology proper will primarily focus on the traditional model regarding the nature of God, but significant modern perspectives that have challenged the model are introduced and critiqued.
TS 530 Christ and the Cross (4 credits)
Provides a survey of Christology and Soteriology. Christology focuses on the Person and Nature of the Son of God, and will examine the biblical teaching and address contemporary views. Soteriology looks at biblical perspectives on the nature of salvation and several unbiblical ways people have historically sought to be saved from sin. Students are introduced to the critical biblical passages and theological perspectives that are foundational to a Christian worldview on these topics. Contextualized application is expected for students regarding how these passages and perspectives make a difference in each student’s life and ministry. Foundational concepts are laid that prepare students for subsequent studies in other courses related to the Christian life, evangelism and missions, spiritual warfare, and the end times.
TS 540 The Spirit and the Church (4 credits)
This class provides an intermediate level survey of the next three divisions of systematic theology: pneumatology, peripatology, and ecclesiology. Students are introduced to the critical biblical passages and theological perspectives that are foundational to a Christian worldview on these topics related to the individual and corporate work of the third person of the Trinity. Contextualized application is made regarding how these passages and perspectives make a difference in each student’s ministry. Foundational concepts are laid that prepare students for subsequent studies in other classes related to the Christian life, evangelism and missions, spiritual warfare, and the end times.
TS 600 Movements in Church History (4 credits)
Provides an overview of Church history from the end of the First Century until the Enlightenment (AD. 1789). Introduces students to the importance of church history and its role in constructing one’s own personal theology (i.e. theological method). Also aids each student in understanding the historical development of his or her theological tradition.
TS 601 Modern Movements and the Asian Church (4 credits)
Traces the establishment and growth of the Christian movement in Asia, especially since the Second Great Awakening. Addresses the interface between Asian and Western worldviews during that period and how this affected the spread and contextualization of the gospel in Asia. Introduces students to the importance of church history and the development of Asian and Western worldview, and how these have affected Christianity that they find in their own countries. It will also aid the student in understanding the historical development of his or her theological tradition.
TS 650 Death and Future Things (2 credits)
This course provides an intermediate level survey of the last division of systematic theology related to a Christian worldview: Eschatology. This is further divided into two parts: Personal Eschatology and General Eschatology. Personal Eschatology examines the biblical teaching on death and the intermediate state, heaven and hell, the eternal states of the wicked and the righteous. General Eschatology examines the biblical teaching on the nature of the church and the kingdom in the present age, and the future events surrounding the second coming of Christ, the tribulation period, and the millennial reign of Christ. Students are introduced to critical biblical passages and theological perspectives that are foundational to a Christian worldview on these topics. Contextualized application is made regarding how these passages and perspectives make a difference in each student’s approach to doing theology. (Prerequisite: TS 510)
TS 660 Asian Culture and Ethics (2 credits)
Discusses Scripture and its role in determining moral decisions in the 21st century, alternative views of moral decision-making, and some historical figures and their perspectives in the development of ethics. Students will give group presentations concerning important issues in the world of ethics today. This course helps students make wise, biblically sound ethical choices, both personally and in social issues facing Christians in this new millennium, and to train those they lead and influence to do the same. (Prerequisite: TS 510)
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