In this first of three foundational courses in systematic theology, students will be given an overview of the field with regard to prolegomena and methodology for the theological task, the question of how we can know God (i.e., revelation), the doctrine of God (e.g., Trinitarian theology, the essence and attributes of God, the themes of creation and providence, etc.), as well as themes related to theological anthropology (e.g., humanity as having been created in the image of God, humanity’s fall into sin, etc.). The overall aim is to provide students with a working knowledge of the main lines of evangelical theological thought in these areas so that they will be able to build upon the foundation here given in their future theological reflections and ministerial work.
By the end of the course, students will:
1. Be able to use their own words to explain theological concepts and their significance concerning theological prolegomena and methodology, the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of God, and the doctrine of humanity.
2. Be capable of critically and constructively engaging with discussions and themes that have to do with the aforementioned theological loci.
3. Be aware of the limits of one’s own theological perspective, so as to be self-aware of the continual need for humility and a pastoral dialogical posture with regard to theological engagement, even while having the courage to maintain theological convictions.