7.4.2 Th.M./Ph.D. Level Courses

ST 701 Topics in Medical Ethics
Topics covered include bioethics, medicine as a Christian calling, in vitro fertilization, AIDS, genetic engineering, and euthanasia. Prerequisite, ST 323.
  Fall semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Edgar.

ST 702 Law/Gospel in Reformed Theology

  • To deepen the understanding of a biblical, theological, and historical study of the Law in relation to covenant and the Gospel.

Topics covered include the historical-theological development of the Law within the Canon; covenant and Law; the relationship of law to justice; merit, conditionality, and unconditionality; and the Law in the Christian life and ethics. A theme throughout the course is the relationship of Law and Gospel in history and theology.
  Winter term. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Garcia. 

ST 733 Trinitarian Theology Ancient and Modern
  • To survey primary sources from church history on the doctrine of the Trinity.
Topics include: Trinitarian dogma as they trace the history of trinitarian reflection from the patristic era to fourth century debates up through Aquinas and the Reformers, to the Puritans and Old Princeton, to Van Til, concluding with the modern trinitarian theologies of Karl Barth and Wolfhart Pannenberg.
  Spring semester. Mr. Wynne.

ST 761 Topics in the Doctrine of Man

  • To deepen understanding of man, and our theological method, through use of biblical theology and linguistics

Topics covered include the relation of classical theological anthropology to biblical-theological method, including theology of sonship in Paul and John; special attention to the image of God; dichotomy and trichotomy; the covenant with Adam; and the nature of sin.
  Fall semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Poythress.

ST 773 Studies in Historical Theology II

  • To provide opportunity for reading and seminar reflection on important theologians from the Reformation to the early twentieth century

Topics covered include representative writings of Luther, Calvin, Turretin, Schleiermacher, and Barth. Seminar presentation is required.
  Spring semester. Mr. Tipton.

ST 781 The Theology of Romans

  • To examine aspects of the teaching of Romans for their bearing on systematic theological issues

Topics covered include some prolegomena for systematic theology and for studying the theology of Romans, and exegetical-theological comments on selected passages.
  Fall semester. Mr. Tipton.

ST 791 Issues in Theology Proper

  • To introduce students to current discussions in theology proper
  • To develop a response to challenges to a Reformed doctrine of God

Students will be expected to analyze and critique both classical and contemporary essays that look at language about God, God and evil, God and morality, as well as God’s necessity, omnipotence, omniscience, eternity, providence, foreknowledge, and simplicity. Seminar discussions in these and related areas.
  Fall semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Oliphint.

ST 803 The Theology of Karl Barth

  • To understand the place of Barth in his western European post-Enlightenment context
  • To evaluate the foundations of Barth’s theological approach 
  • To gain exposure to some of Barth’s theological writings 
  • To reflect on the critique of Barth offered by Cornelius Van Til

  Spring semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Tipton.

ST 811 Covenant Theology

  • To provide a thorough understanding of critical issues in the development of Reformed covenant theology

Topics covered include Trinity and covenant, the pactum salutis, the covenant of works, the covenant of grace, covenant theology and justification, and covenant theology and epistemology. Special attention will be given from an exegetical perspective to the development of Reformed covenant theology.
  Fall semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Tipton.

ST 901 The Trinitarian Theology of Cornelius Van Til

  • To investigate the context, structure, and significance of Cornelius Van Til’s trinitarian theology
  • To encourage the student to engage critically central issues in trinitarian theology from a Van Tilian perspective

Topics covered include the architectonic significance of the Trinity, both in Van Til’s theology and apologetics. Special attention will be given to Van Til’s historical and theological context, his theology of triune personhood, the structure and function of the representational principle, the distinctively trinitarian character of the transcendental method, and his place in contemporary discussions of trinitarian theology, ranging from the theological function of perichoresis to the notions of relationality and temporality within the Godhead.
  Fall semester. Mr. Tipton.

ST 921 The Theology of Adoption

  • A detailed investigation of the importance of adoption in Pauline, biblical, and historical theology.  

Topics covered include the historical neglect of the doctrine, its renewed treatment in contemporary theology, and its place in pastoral theology.  Course work includes the preparation and presentation of detailed investigative papers.
  Spring semester. (Not given in 2014-2015) Mr. Garner.

ST 923 The Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg
Purpose: To critically examine the systematic theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg from a historically Reformed perspective.

Pannenberg has been called one of the most important theologians since Karl Barth. His thought has not only influenced disciplines as diverse as anthropology and cosmology, but also helped to propel the open theist movement within the evangelical world. This seminar explores a variety of epistemological, hermeneutical, and theological challenges related to Pannenberg's post-Enlightenment theology in a way that underscores the significance of orthodox biblical theology. 
  Fall semester, two hours. Mr. Wynne.

ST 932 The Westminster Standards

  • To exposit the theology of the Westminster Assembly by means of a study of the Westminster Confession of Faith

Topics covered include the origin, convening, and theology of the Westminster Assembly.

  Spring term. Mr. Garner and Mr. Trueman.

ST 944 The Philosophical Theology of Thomas Aquinas

  • To begin to understand some of the basic elements of Thomas’ philosophical theology
  • To evaluate Thomas’ philosophical theological view of knowledge and cognition 
  • To critically assess Thomas in light of historic, Reformed orthodoxy
  • To appreciate those elements in Thomas’ philosophical theology that have their basis in Scripture

Topics covered will include, primarily, the doctrine of God, but will also include Thomas’ view of knowledge, the metaphysics of the Incarnation, and the doctrine of providence and suffering.
  Fall semester. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Oliphint.

ST 972 Calvin’s Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

  • To research Calvin’s teaching on the person and work of the Spirit, with attention to his expositions in the Institutes, Commentaries, and Treatises Seminar presentation required.

  Winter term. (Not given in 2014-2015). Mr. Garcia.

ST 990 Reformed Ecclesiology

  • To familiarize students with the theological foundations, principles and practices that embody the Reformed tradition’s understanding of the doctrine of the church through its contributions in biblical, systematic and historical theology, by acquainting the student with a variety of the best expressions of ecclesiology in the wider Reformed family 
  • To consider the relationship between the church and the state, the world, and the kingdom of God
  • To provide the student with resources to answer the ancient and modern challenges of sacramental, ecumenical, consumeristic and post-modern views of the church

Winter term. Mr. Troxel.

Courses listed for other concentrations which may be counted as concentration courses in Systematic Theology: CH 863, CH 883, CH 891, CH 901, CH 943, CH 951, CH 961, NT 853, NT 881, NT 931, NT 951, NT 961, NT 993, AP 713, AP 743, AP 753, AP 763, AP 861, AP 931, AP 963, AP 981.