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Fall 2012

FSNC - Sacramento





DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to offer students an introduction to the study of Christian beliefs with an emphasis on the following topics:  theological method, revelation, God, creation and providence and the doctrine of humankind, sin and the fall.  Our approach to this task will explore biblical and historical developments--in dialogue with ecumenical, contextual and inter-religious perspectives--to construct a contemporary and relevant evangelical theology.


SIGNIFICANCE FOR LIFE AND MINISTRY: This course will help students think theologically and assist them in constructing theologies that remain biblically grounded as well as culturally and ecumenically sensitive.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students successfully completing this course will have demonstrated an understanding of (1) what they believe with regards to the Christian faith and the main theological doctrines covered in this section of Systematic Theology:  theological method, revelation, God, creation and providence, the doctrine of humankind, sin and the fall; (2) the nuances that exist within the various theological doctrines covered in class [for example, various approaches to the doctrine of Scripture and controversies that exist within the doctrine of providence]; (3) practicing the tools of critical analysis of selected texts within the framework of the subject matter covered, and to express these skills in oral discussion and writing; (4) the ability to integrate theological concepts into the workings of daily life and within the world wide community of faith and in particular, the local church


COURSE FORMAT: This course will meet weekly for three hours for lectures, large and small group discussion, and student presentations.



Grenz, Stanley.  Theology for the Community of God.  Nashville: Broadman and Holman, l994. ISBN-10: 0802847552. 691 Pages. $40.

Jewett, Paul, with Shuster, Marguerite.  Who We Are:  Our Dignity as Human: A Neo-Evangelical Theology. (relevant sections                of the text)    Eerdmans Press, 1996. ISBN-10: 0802840752. 502 Pages. $45.

KŠrkkŠinen, Veli-Matti. The Doctrine of God. A Global Introduction.  Baker, 2004. SBN-10: 0801027527. 320 Pages. $30.

Migliore, Daniel.  Faith Seeking Understanding. Eerdmans Press, l991.                ISBN-10: 080282787X. 439 Pages. $27.


Choose ONE on a special topic of interest

Bouma-Prediger, Steven.  For  the Beauty of the Earth:  A Christian Vision for Creation Care.  IVP, 2001. ISBN-10: 080103695X. 240 Pages. $25.

Pinnock, Clark.  Most Moved Mover: A Theology of God's Openness.  Baker, 2001. ISBN-10: 0801022908. 218 Pages. $24.

Plantinga, Cornelius.  Not The Way It's Supposed To Be:  A Breviary of Sin.  Eerdmans, l996. $25. Available on Amazon.

Sanders, John.  The God Who Risks: A Theology of Providence.  IVP, l998. ISBN-10: 0830828370. 384 Pages. $24.

Volf, Miraslov. Exclusion and Embrace.  Abingdon Press, l996. ISBN-10: 0687002826. 336 Pages. $28.

Choose ONE of the following texts:

Barr, W.R. Constructive Christian Theology in the Worldwide Church. Eerdmans, 1997. (Available on Amazon)

Evans, James.  We Have Been Believers:  An African American Systematic Theology. Fortress, 1992. ISBN-10: 0800626729. 192 Pages. $20.

Gonz‡les, J.  Ma–ana:  Christian Theology from a Hispanic Perspective.  Abingdon, 1990. ISBN-10: 0687230675. 186 Pages. $20.

Kapolyo, J.M.  The Human Condition:  Christian Perspective Through African Eyes.  IVP, 2005. ISBN-10: 0830833021. 170 Pages. $16.

KŠrkkŠinen, Veli-Matti.  Trinity and Religious Pluralism. Ashgate, 2004. ISBN-10: 0754636461. 197 Pages. $30.

Tennent, T.C. Christianity at the Religious Roundtable. Baker Academic, 2002. ISBN-10: 0801026024. 270 Pages. $26.



Bloesch, Donald.  Holy Scripture.  IVP, 1994. 384 Pages. $20.

Hall, Christopher, and Sanders, John.  Does God Have A Future?  Baker, 2003. Available on Amazon.

Hauerwas, Stanley.  Naming the Silences. Eerdmans, 1990. 168 Pages. $50.

Tiegreen, Chris.  Why A Suffering World Makes Sense.  Baker, 2006. 208 Pages. $13.



1.      5-page written analysis of Most Moved Mover, Not the Way ItŐs Supposed to Be, For The Beauty of the Earth, A Theology of Providence or Exclusion and Embrace (20%)

2.      5-page book review of Barr, Evans, Gonz‡les,  Kapolyo ,KŠrkkŠinen (Trinity and Religious Pluralism). (20%) or Tennent.

3.      20-page final research paper on any aspect of course. Topic approval by professor. (50%)

4.      Class participation (10%)





This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design, but is subject to modification.