A theology class in a church usually focuses on systematic theology as it relates to the denominational confessions of that church. Most Christian teens have some experience with systematic theology in the church context. This course expands on that background to consider historical theology (the historical development of Christian theology and doctrines, including denominational variations) and biblical theology (unifying themes that progress from Genesis to Revelation and provide coherence to the Bible as a whole). The course starts with a historical overview of the outgrowth (and break away) of early Christianity from Judaism, and then traces the development of creedal doctrines of Trinity and Incarnation, the schism between the Western and Eastern Churches, the Protestant Reformation in the Western Church, and the development of major Protestant confessions (Calvinist, Arminian/Wesleyan, Lutheran, Anglican). The course considers major theological systems (e.g., Calvinism, Arminianism) that offer sometimes compatible and sometimes competing frameworks, but it does not favor any one system. After considering major academic themes, the class traces the promise-plan of God from Creation to Glorification, considering views of prophecy and history. The course traces the biblical theology meta-themes of sin, redemption, and “walking with God” from Genesis to Revelation. Through this class, students will understand how their theology matters to their life, relationships, labor, and service.
Concurrent Course Required: This course is offered at a special price and is available only to students taking at least one TPS core high school course.
Credit and Participation: Students may take this course for graded credit (as a Bible/Worldview credit) or as an ungraded audit. For graded credit, there is required participation, some required reading, and two required essays. For ungraded audit there are no requirements.