ADVANCE Ministry Preparation
Sponsored by Gateway Seminary
CLL 1211 Christian Theology 基督教神學 I – 3 hours
Every Monday, 9/20/2021-12/27-2021, 7:30-10PM on Zoom
Except: Hybrid meeting on Saturday 11/13, 10AM-1PM (with lunch) and no class on Monday 11/15
Crosspoint Institute of Ministry Leadership
Rev. Gideon Lee
COURSE DESCRIPTION 課程描述
An introduction to Christian Theology focusing on its nature, task, method, and application followed by a survey of the doctrines of Revelation, the Triune God, Creation, Humanity, and Sin.
COURSE OBJECTIVES 課程目標
Upon the successful completion of this course, students should be better able to:
- Express a clear understanding of the major Christian doctrines.
- Employ a theological method that includes Biblical exegesis, historical developments, philosophical insight, and experiential reality to articulate Biblical truth with accuracy, clarity and coherence;
- Be knowledgeable of a variety of theological approaches and methodologies;
- Articulate their own personal theological positions; and
- Function as responsible pastoral theologians in applying Christian truth to contemporary life.
REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS 必須課本
One of the following three:
Option A (English):
Millard Erickson, Christian Theology, 3rd ed. (Baker Academic, 2013).
Available for purchase here. (Kindle edition is fine.)
Option B (Chinese):
Alternatively, the first and second volumes in the 3-volume Chinese translations.
艾利克森 Millard J. Erickson基督教神學, 三卷(中華福音神學院 2000, 2002, 2002)
Available for mail order at US Tiendao 北美天道書樓 (www.ustiendao.net/).
Option C (English):
Akin, Daniel L., ed. A Theology for the Church. Rev. ed. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2014.
Akin’s volume is a collection of topical chapter contribution by leading Baptist theologians. Chinese translation of selected chapters will be provided by the instructor.
HELPFUL RESOURCES 有用的參考
Boice, James Montgomery. Foundations of the Christian Faith: A Comprehensive and Readable Theology. Rev & exp. IVP Academic, 2019.
Conyers, A. J. A Basic Christian Theology. 2nd ed. Edited by Jacob Shatzer. St. Augustine Press, 2019.
Grenz, Stanley. What Christians Really Believe & Why. WJK, 1998.
Humphreys, Fisher. Thinking About God. Insight Press, 1994.
Milne, Bruce. Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief. 3rd ed. IVP, 2009.
GRADING AND ASSIGNMENTS 評分和作業
- Class attendance and participation 課堂出勤和參與 (10%)
Class attendance and participation are critical to the learning process. Students should attend and properly prepare for every class meeting. 課堂出席和參與對學習過程至關重要。學員需要出席課堂，並為之做適當的預備。
- Reading 閱讀 (15%)
One of the three choices. 三種選擇之一。
- Open Book Weekly quizzes 開卷每週測驗 (15%)
There will be a multiple choice quiz every week to test the students of their understanding of the reading and lecture materials. 每周將舉行多項選擇測驗，以測試學生對閱讀和演講材料的理解。
- Personal theological positions個人神學立場 (15%)
Students will write a series of short responses to theological topics covered in this course. The responses should be posted on Moodle. Each response should be less than 500 English words or 750 Chinese characters.
- Theological interviews 神學訪談 (15%)
Students will conduct three interviews using the topics for the personal positions papers. Students should consolidate notes and views of interviews, which should be about 1-3 pages per interview. One of the interviews will be with a layperson from their church not in the class. One will be with a pastor or ministry leader at their church. One will be with someone who does not attend their church, either Christian or not. (These can be turned into presentations but should not include names of interviewees.) 學員將利用個人神學立場的主題進行三次訪談。學生應該整合採訪的筆記和觀點，每次採訪的篇幅應該在1-3頁左右。其中一次採訪的對象是他們教會中不在班上的平信徒。一次是他們教會的牧師或事工領袖。一次是不參加他們教會的人，是基督徒還是非基督徒均可。(這些都可以寫成報告，但不應該包括被採訪者的名字）。
- Open Book Final exam 開卷期末考試 (30%)
There will be a final exam as noted in the schedule below. The final exam will be a comprehensive exam, focusing on the readings and class lectures throughout the semester. 將有一次期末考試，具體時間安排見下文。期末考試將是一次綜合考試，重點是整個學期的閱讀和課堂講授。