General

BITH601 Contemporary Theology I

Course Description:

This course introduces students to the major movements and thinkers, theologians and philosophers in the Christian tradition since the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, together with an examination of tgheir philosophical backgrounds. Part I: Barth through Tillich. Part II: Vatican II to postmoderm theologies.

Course Objectives:

Upon the completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Know the major trends in contemporary theologies
  • Understand the presuppositions (philosophical and otherwise) that generate such modern theologies.
  • Recognize and defend against such views.
  • Better comprehend orthodox positions through analysis of errant views.

Course Requirements

A. Technical Requirements

  • Download and install a browser other than Microsoft Internet Explorer. We suggest Firefox or Google Chrome.
  • The E-learning system performs better with Firefox or Google Chrome browsers.

B. Academic Requirements

  • Lessons (15%): Complete the weekly lessons
  • Quizzes (25%): Complete the weekly quizzes. Quizzes are based on materials from weekly lessons and reading assignments.
  • Final exam (25%). 
  • Assignments (35%):

1- Write your personal testimony in 2-3 pages.(See Appendix 1, in The Art of Personal Evangelism, p.235)

2- On three different occasions, share the Gospel with at least three different people.If at all possible, do this evangelism under the observation of an experienced student or layperson. 

3- Summarize “The Complete Book of Discipleship” by Bill Hull and “Church Evangelism” by John Mark Terry into a 3-5 pages Evangelism Plan for your congregation. The plan should (1) aim at getting everybody involved in Evangelism, using different evangelism methods or activities
(2) inccorporate a church wide discipleship plan.

C. Grading Scale

A = 94-100 Excellent
B = 84 – 93 Above Average
C = 74 – 83 Average
D = 64 – 73 Below Average
F = 63 & Below Failure

 

Required Textbooks