Controversial Issues in Theology
Course Level: College-level
TWO DAY INTENSIVE: 10 hours of class time (not including breaks)
VIRTUAL ONLINE DISCUSSIONS: One weeknight per week (1.5 hours)
Virtually every issue in theology is controversial at some level. In this course students will study major controversies that have fractured the church. As a case study, students will ask specific questions such as: Did Jesus die for everyone or only for the elect? Is there an "elect" or are people free, by grace, to receive Christ? Is hell an eternal place of torment? What does it mean to blaspheme the Holy Spirit? The primary purpose of this course is to help students understand how different theological methods lead to different theological conclusions as to what is real and right.
Key Questions To Be Explored:
How can sincere believers arrive at such different conclusions?
How can members of Christ's Body be hospitable toward each other theologically?
What if professing Christians differ in their views about truth, divine authority, and Scripture?
What is theological method?
How does Christian theology relate to authority, truth and ethics?
How do today's academic controversies impact theology for tomorrow?
How can we resolve theological controversies given the complexity of the issues?