This course introduces the method of Systematic Theology and the various doctrines of the Christian faith, as discoursed in the Scripture, and understood in the history of the Church. This course also aims to see the connections between different doctrines, and how they developed across the centuries.
At the end of the course, students will be able to gain:
To help the students achieve a good overview of the major introductory doctrines in Systematic Theology, and how they setup further discussion into other doctrines and areas of Christian theology. They will understand the basic aspects of each doctrine, the aspects which tend to form the basis of unity among the evangelical circles, as well as the aspects which tend to divide Christianity.
To help the students develop research skills in the area of Systematic Theology. The course will also help them in differentiating the right doctrines from the heretical ones, thus allowing them to see for themselves what constitutes an orthodox framework for theology, and what does not.
Attitudinally, the course aims to help the students to develop an interest in reading, researching, and articulating their belief structures with conviction and evidences in a well thought and coherent manner.
McGrath, Alister E. Christian Theology. 6th ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Print. (Available with your GC Perlego subscription at the following link: https://www.perlego.com/book/995325/christian-theology-an-introduction-pdf)
Milne, Bruce. Know The Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief. 3rd ed. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2012. Print. (Available with your GC Perlego subscription at the following link
Erickson, Millard. Christian Theology. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013. Print. (Available as an EPUB file in the materials section of the first lesson of the course. Please note you will need the free Adobe Digital Editions or similar software to open the EPUB file).
McGrath, Alister E. Historical Theology. 3rd ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013. Print. (Available with your GC Perlego subscription at the following link: https://www.perlego.com/book/1013365/historical-theology-an-introduction-to-the-history-of-christian-thought-pdf)
McGrath, Alister E. The Christian Theology Reader. 5th ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. Print. (Available with your GC Perlego subscription at the following link: https://www.perlego.com/book/993392/the-christian-theology-reader-pdf)
Erickson, Millard J., ed. The Concise Dictionary of Christian Theology. Revised Edition. Wheaton: Crossway, 2001. Print. (Available with your GC Perlego subscription at the following link: https://www.perlego.com/book/1414083/the-concise-dictionary-of-christian-theology-revised-edition-pdf)
Davie, Martin, et al. New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic. 2nd ed. London: IVP, 2016. Print. (Available with your GC Perlego subscription at the following link: https://www.perlego.com/book/1470457/new-dictionary-of-theology-historical-and-systematic-second-edition-pdf)
GUIDELINES FOR INTERACTIONS
We anticipate our students to have varied viewpoints which will enrich the discussions in our learning community. Therefore, we ask our students to be charitable and respectful in their interactions with each other, and to remain focused on the topic of discussion, out of respect to others who have committed to being a part of this learning community.
ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING
- Discussion Forum
A. Discussion Forums (Maximum Weightage – 35 Percentage)
Discussion forums are one of the primary criteria for course assessment in this course. In this assessment task, you are required to respond to the topics assigned for discussion (200 words) and respond to the responses of others as well (150 words). Each week’s initial response is due on Wednesday (11:59pm) and interactions with other responses are due on Saturday (11:59pm).
Your response and interaction with the responses of others must reflect a thorough knowledge of the textbooks, reference materials, lecture videos, and lesson materials that are relevant to the discussion topic while ensuring that you are reflecting on the topic and its relevance in today’s context, and not just summarizing what is already there in the materials. Grades will be awarded based on the
Quizzes—Weekly or Daily (Maximum Weightage – 15 Percentage)
A self-assessment quiz that consists of multiple-choice, true/false questions, short answers, text with feedback. Note that quizzes are used for self-assessment and not formal exams – so formative. These quizzes are based on video lectures, reading assignments, multimedia content, etc.
Critical Book Review (Maximum Weightage – 20 Percentage)
Write a critical book review (1500-1800 words) of Divine Impassibility: Four Views of God’s Emotions and Suffering (Eds. Robert J. Matz and A. Chadwick Thornhill). The review must interact and engage with the four views of Divine Impassibility (That idea that God can suffer or not), and the responses that the other three authors provide for each view. You must also provide a substantial reflection based on your own context and experiences while interacting with the different views. You are also required to explain which view (or views) you agree with and which you disagree with along with substantial reasons for the same. Optionally, you may also give your overall review of the book in brief (the ease of reading, understanding, and quality of content).
Research Paper (Maximum Weightage – 30 Percentage)
Write a research paper (2400-3000 words) on one of the topics assigned at the end of this course. The topics will be drawn from your overall course content, and through your research paper, you will demonstrate substantial familiarity with the topic itself, the scholarship engaged in the topic, the issues associated with the topic, and the practical relevance of the topic in our current context (Christian life, ministry, Church, culture and the context of the world itself).
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR THE SUBMISSION OF WRITTEN WORK
Submission Method and Late Submission
Submission: Papers to be submitted electronically in .doc or .docx format via Global Classroom – Assignment Upload
Late Submission Penalties:
- Weekly Responses and Primary Source Analysis Paper will NOT be accepted as late.
- Late submission of all other assignments, with a genuine reason, will be penalized 1% (1 point) per day. Student needs to get prior written permission of the instructor, copying the same to the Registrar. A maximum of three days would be permitted by the instructor, for late submission.
In all assigned work, proper style guidelines must be used and followed exactly; failure to do so will render the submitted assignment unacceptable.
For proper citation style, consult the FBC Style Guide or the full edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers: Seventh Edition, especially chapters 5 and 7 for arrangement of entries through in-text citations and Works Cited.
Integrity in academic work is required of all our students. Academic dishonesty is any breach of this integrity and includes such practices as cheating (the use of unauthorized material on tests and examinations), submitting the same work for different classes without permission of the instructors; using false information (including false references to secondary sources) in an assignment; improper or unacknowledged collaboration with other students, and plagiarism.
Global Classroom takes seriously its responsibility to uphold academic integrity, and to penalize academic dishonesty.
Global Classroom values quality in the courses it offers its students. End-of-course evaluations provide valuable student feedback and are one of the ways that Global Classroom works towards maintaining and improving the quality of courses and the student’s learning experience. Student involvement in this process is critical to enhance the general quality of teaching and learning.
Before the end of the course, students will receive an email with a link to the online course evaluation. The link can also be found in the left column on the course page. The evaluation period is 2 weeks; after the evaluation period has ended, it cannot be reopened.
Course Evaluation results will not be disclosed to the instructor before final grades in the course have been submitted and processed. Student names will be kept confidential and the instructor will only see the aggregated results of the class.
ONLINE PRIMARY SOURCE READINGS
The readings can be found as PDF files on the course web page at under “Materials”.