Theology

http://www.whitworth.edu/theology

The Whitworth Theology Department is solidly rooted in the Trinitarian faith of the church throughout the ages. We are committed to the authority of Holy Scripture as God’s word and to the worldwide mission and ministry of Jesus Christ. Our goal is to provide students with an intellectually challenging, academically rigorous and spiritually enriching theological education that will equip them to serve in a wide variety of contexts. The theology major focuses on the classical disciplines of biblical studies, church history, and Christian theology; as students move through the curriculum, we encourage them to discern Jesus Christ’s call on their lives and to respond in faithful obedience.

TheologyStudents will develop strengths in the following areas:

Understanding of the Bible:

  • a good working knowledge of the content, emphases, major theological themes and central message of Scripture;
  • an awareness of various contextual considerations (historical, religious, political, geographic, socio-economic, linguistic and literary) necessary for reading and understanding scripture;
  • an ability to interpret Scripture Christo-centrically;
  • the development of a biblical theology with a focus on the gospel of Christ.

Understanding of the history, theology, and mission of the church:

  • an overview of the historical and cultural development of the church throughout the centuries;
  • an introduction to the major thinkers, texts, leaders, spiritual traditions and movements of the church;
  • an understanding of the history and development of Christian doctrine;
  • a commitment to the church and its ministry throughout the world.

The skills of critical thinking, reading, research, writing and speaking:

  • a spirit of open inquiry;
  • an appreciation of excellent scholarship;
  • an introduction to the use of primary and secondary source texts;
  • the ability to think and communicate clearly and critically;
  • the ability to understand and argue a point of view;
  • the ability to develop and formulate independent conclusions.

Courses

TH 119 Introduction to the Theology Major1
This course is an introduction and invitation to the study of Christian theology. It is intended for students who would like to explore what Christian theology is all about. We'll read great texts and have conversations about a range of interesting and important topics, such as what the point of going to college is, what Christians believe about God and the world, and what it means to follow Jesus Christ in the world today. Spring semester.
TH 130 Introduction to the Bible3
An overview of the entire Bible, with emphasis on literary, historical and theological themes and the diversity and unity within the Bible.
TH 131H Encountering the Covenantal God3
This class is an introduction to a theological understanding of God's biblical covenant with mankind. It provides an answer to the following key questions: Who is the covenantal God and who are man and woman created in his image?
TH 135 A Biblical Introduction to God3
This class presents a Christian view of the nature and character of God based on the Bible. Our goal: to bring students' perspectives on God into conversation with the biblical view, as we learn to think, speak, and write theologically.
TH 140 Great Themes of the Bible3
An examination of central biblical themes (creation, covenant, sin, forgiveness, salvation, etc.), through which students will develop an understanding of the message of the Bible as a whole. Attention will be given to the connections between these themes and students' ordinary lives.
TH 141 Great Themes in Paul's Letters3
An examination of the major themes of Paul's letters, such as salvation, discipleship and the Holy Spirit, through discussion of key Pauline passages, with a view to understanding Paul's gospel and applying it to contemporary life. Periodic offering.
TH 154 Introduction to the Christian Faith3
The major beliefs and practices of the Christian faith. Fall semester. Periodic offering.
TH 165 The Bible for Doubters3
An introduction to the overall content and themes of the Bible which is organized around difficult questions and welcomes students who are asking such questions. No Christian commitment is presumed.
TH 170 Leadership Development in Ministry1
On-campus meetings and practical experience as part of the Young Life leadership-development program.
TH 172 Foundations for Christian Leadership2
Foundations for Christian Leadership is a 2 credit course each semester (fall and spring: students may choose to take it for only one semester, highly recommended for both semesters) specifically designed to help students build a strong foundation for Christian leadership and to consider a variety of service opportunities. The course will consider different aspects of Christian leadership, theology, spirituality, personal growth, and relational skills in order to clarify students' gifts and calling. The course encourages students to consider servant leadership as a lifestyle and a vital part of their college experience. This course fulfills Certification for Ministry requirements in the theology department if taken with TH 173. Fall semester.
TH 173 Foundations for Christian Leadership II2
Foundations for Christian Leadership II is a 2 credit course which builds on TH 172 helping students develop a spiritual foundation for Christian leadership, and helps students consider a variety of service opportunities. The course will consider different aspects of Christian leadership, theology, spirituality, personal growth, and relational skills in order to help students in their existing ministry and/or helping to clarify students' gifts and calling. The course encourages students to consider servant leadership as a lifestyle and a vital part of their college experience. This course fulfills Certification for Ministry requirements in the theology department if student has also completed TH 172, and for credits in the Leadership Program. Spring semester.
TH 175 The Acts of the Apostles3
The book of Acts begins with Jesus commissioning His disciples to continue His ministry through the power of the Holy Spirit, from Jerusalem, where the church was born, to Rome, the capital of the Gentile world. Acts tells the story of how the church grew, in both numbers and diversity. This course will explore the growth of the church in its infancy and the lessons that can be learned from this story today. Fall semester.
TH 184 Postures of the Soul: Sacred Dance1
An exploration of worship through movement and dance. An overview of sacred dance expressions, including visits to churches that incorporate dance in their services and exploration of other movement-ministry opportunities. Students will perform in chapel and choreograph a movement sequence as it relates to worship.
TH 196 Topics in Theology1-3
Selected topics in theology. Periodic offering.
TH 210 The Ten Commandments as Moral Law3
See under PH 210. Periodic Jan Term offering.
TH 211 Wrestling with God's Wrath3
An examination of the biblical theme of God's wrath, especially as it relates to God's love and the redemption of his people. Special attention will be given to this theme as it appears in both pop culture and the public square.
TH 212 Redemption of Creation3
An introduction to the whole story of the Bible with a focus on the created order and God's plans in redemption and new creation. Considers the significance of a biblical theology of creation and redemption for contemporary issues. Fall semester.
TH 213 The Book of Revelation3
An introduction to the book of Revelation, with a focus on its literary artistry, theological message and relationship to the rest of Scripture. Considers its genre, historical setting, different interpretive approaches and contemporary significance.
TH 214 Theology & Ecology3
Develops a biblical theology of creation care rooted in Scripture's portrayal of creation and redemption in Christ. Attention is given to environmental issues and the ecology and natural history of the Northwest. Includes study, work, worship, outdoor exploration and disciplined reflection. January, odd years, Tall Timber Ranch in the Cascades.
TH 216 New Religious Movements3
A survey of contemporary religious movements and cults. Each will be examined on its own terms, in an attempt to present a fair and non-polemical summary of its history and contemporary expression. A study of Christian history will provide context for understanding non-Christian and quasi-Christian thought. Comparison to classical Christian teaching will be provided throughout.
TH 221 Ethics3
See PH 221.
TH 230 Messiah3
An introduction to the grand sweep of the biblical understanding of the Messiah. The course begins with the revelation of the nature of God in the Old Testament, shows its fulfillment in the revelation of God in Jesus Christ, and considers the significance of the Messiah for today. Fulfills the Biblical Literature requirement. Fall and spring semesters.
TH 231 Introduction to the Old Testament3
This course aims to invite students into the world of the Old Testament. By introducing students to its content and historical, literary, and theological context, the course seeks to offer resources for engaging with the ethical, theological, historical, and hermeneutical challenges the Old Testament poses. This course has no prerequisites and takes for granted no prior knowledge of the Bible.
TH 241 New Testament3
The content and theology of the New Testament in light of its literary, historical and religious background, with a view to gaining a good working knowledge of the New Testament. Special focus on Jesus Christ, the gospel and the Christian life. Offered Fall and spring semesters, and Jan Term.
TH 242 Life and Teachings of Jesus3
The pivotal events and major teachings of Jesus as recorded in the Gospels, and their relevance to today.
TH 243 Jesus and the Kingdom of God3
A study of the kingdom of God as promised in the Old Testament, fulfilled in the life and ministry of Jesus, and consummated upon his return. Spiritual, social, and ethical implications of Jesus' message.
TH 245 Philippians3
The letter to the Philippians is one of the most encouraging epistles of the New Testament by one of the most prominent missionary-pastors of the early Church, the apostle Paul. Philippians is one of the shortest books of the New Testament, but is also one of Paul's letters most relevant to contemporary Christianity nearly two thousand years later. The purpose of this course is two-fold. (1) It will provide a thorough exposure to and familiarity with this Pauline epistle. Through careful reading and reflection on Philippians, students will gain an understanding of the epistle's historical circumstances, its structure and development, its major themes, its lasting impact on the church, and its challenge to Christian faith today. (2) It will introduce the student to basic methods of biblical interpretation, which they will practice in their study of Philippians.
TH 247 The Gospel of Matthew3
This course offers a thorough exploration of the Gospel According to Matthew, the first book of the New Testament canon and one of the most influential literary works in the early Church. Among other topics, students will explore the Gospel's portrayal of Jesus, literary structure, perspective on discipleship, historical backgrounds, relation to the Old Testament, and transformative power for today.
TH 248 Gospel of Mark3
A thorough examination of the Gospel of Mark, with a view to understanding its literary structure, its portrayal of Jesus, its view of discipleship, and its relevance for today.
TH 250 Gospel of John3
A detailed study of John's Gospel, chapter by chapter, in a search to understand Jesus and life with him from John's spiritual perspective.
TH 256 Biblical Theme of Shalom3
A study of the theme of biblical peace through a word study of the Hebrew term shalom and the Greek term eirene, the two words most often translated as "peace," with emphasis on the ministry of Jesus as the epitome of God's revelation of peace and the implications for Christian community.
TH 256H Honors Biblical Theme of Shalom3
A study of the theme of biblical peace through a word study of the Hebrew term shalom and the Greek term eirene, the two words most often translated as "peace," with emphasis on the ministry of Jesus as the epitome of God's revelation of peace and the implications for Christian community. Jan Term, even years.
TH 260 Romans3
A comprehensive introduction to Paul's most complete exposition of the Christian faith, the Epistle to the Romans, with a view to understanding the epistle's historical setting, structure, chief themes, and lasting impact. Periodic offering.
TH 261 C.S. Lewis3
The thought of C.S. Lewis, as found in his philosophical, theological and imaginative works, and the interconnections between those works. Critical evaluation of Lewis's ideas and application of those ideas to contemporary issues. Periodic offering.
TH 265 The Book of Genesis3
This course offers students an in-depth engagement with the content, theology, and narrative structure of the Book of Genesis. Particular attention will be given to seminal Biblical themes that reappear and are further developed throughout the Old and New Testaments.
TH 275 Bible and Gender3
The primary purpose of this course is to develop deeper thinking with regard to the various roles of women and men in Old and New Testament texts and what we can learn from them. Emphasis will be on informed analysis, with full awareness of the sociological gender-biases that have molded both the texts and their traditional interpretations.
TH 279 Theology and Film3
Students will learn to appreciate, discuss and evaluate films theologically. Generously and critically interacting with challenging and excellent films, students will discern and discuss the assumptions and arguments about the world and human life embedded in them. Topics treated include Jesus Christ, forgiveness, sin, evil, ministry, friendship and love. Periodic Jan Term offering.
TH 281 Gospel of Luke3
This course introduces students to the Gospel of Luke by providing an overview of its basic content and an understanding of its central message. Considerations will be given to its origins, literary nature, historical context, geographical setting, major characters and central themes.
TH 296 Topics in Theology1-3
Selected topics in theology. Periodic offering.
TH 306 History and Theology of Worship3
History and theology of the practice of corporate worship and the role of music in worship from the Old Testament to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed on the evolving role of congregational song in worship.
TH 307 Seminar on Early Christianity3
A careful study of primary source texts from the early Christian period, including Irenaeus, Origen, and Eusebius, which will culminate in a major research paper. Fall semester, odd years.
TH 308 Christianity in Britain Preparation1
A prerequisite to the Christianity in Britain Jan Term Study Program, this one-credit course consists of seven class sessions comprised of overview lectures, intercultural awareness training, and reading assignments that will introduce students to the course material and prepare them to travel throughout England and Scotland.
TH 309 Early Christian Sites in Turkey Prep1
A prerequisite to the Early Christian Sites in Turkey, Jan Term study program, this one-credit course consists of seven lectures and the reading of several books that will introduce students to the essential core of the Turkey Jan term study program. Students will prepare a 10-page paper at the end of the course which will be presented at an appropriate location in Turkey.
TH 310 New Testament Greek I4
The basic vocabulary and grammar required for reading the Greek New Testament. An intensive course. Fall semester, odd years.
TH 311 New Testament Greek II4
Translation of the Epistles of John and selected passages from the Gospel of John in Greek. An intensive course. Prerequisite: TH 310. Spring semester.
TH 312 South Africa Program Prep1
See SP 312.
TH 313 History of Christianity I3
The history, thought, and practices of the Christian church from its beginning to the dawn of the Reformation. Fall semester.
TH 313W History of Christianity I3
The history, thought, and practices of the Christian church from its beginning to the dawn of the Reformation. Fall semester. Writing intensive.
TH 314W History of Christianity II3
The history, thought, and practice of Christianity from the beginning of the Reformation to the present, with special emphasis on the major reformation, renewal and revival movements that have shaped the modern church. Spring semester.
TH 316 Introduction to Christian Missions3
An introduction to the history of the worldwide Christian movement, the lives of well-known missionaries (both Western and non-Western), different mission organizations, recent mission trends, problems of cultural adaptation, growing persecution, and the creative ways Christians are bearing witness all over the world. Students will have an opportunity to explore their own interests. Jan Term.
TH 317 Cross-Cultural Ministry3
An introduction to theoretical and practical dimensions of effective cross-cultural communication and ministry. Those planning to work in another culture on a short- or long-term basis will acquire a "tool kit" designed to help them enter, adjust, and thrive in another cultural setting. Jan Term.
TH 318 Greek Reading and Exegesis I3
This course develops proficiency in the grammar and vocabulary of Koine Greek through the reading of a variety of Greek texts, particularly in the New Testament, and it introduces students to the fundamentals of New Testament exegesis. Prerequisite: TH 311. Fall semester, even years.
TH 319 Greek Reading and Exegesis II3
Continuation of TH 318. Spring semester, odd years.
TH 322 Arguing with Calvin3
This class explores John Calvin's presentation of the Christian "good news" through the selective reading of the Institutes, commentaries and sermons. It considers the context in which Calvin worked and his influence on Christianity.
TH 323 Religion in American Public Life3
The major themes, movements, problems, people and institutions in American Christian history, with emphasis on the public practice of the Christian faith. Fall semester, even years.
TH 324 Missional Church3
This course is an introduction to how theology, missiology, and ecclesiology create a missional praxis for the church. Emphasis will also be created in the concept of how the theology of the incarnation can inform this missional praxis.
TH 328 Religion in East Africa3
This course will examine historical and contemporary aspects of Tanzanian religion. In looking at religion in East Africa, we will pay special attention to the political, economic, and social dimensions of life in Tanzania. Topics will include African Traditional Religion, Islam, mainline Christianity, and popular expressions of Christianity. Course taught in Tanzania.
TH 329 The Christian and the City3
Students will explore the complex issues of the urban environment and develop practical and theological insights on how they can engage the City. Most classes will be spent in the city interacting with Christians in a variety of vocational and service fields. Periodic offering.
TH 330 Ministry of Church to the Poor3
This course explores the interaction between the church and the poor in the U.S. Using a variety of assignments, students will explore current biases and stereotypes of both groups. The course will focus on creating community, practicing hospitality, and welcoming strangers. The outcome is that students will develop their own vision of ministry to and with the poor. Periodic offering.
TH 331 Old Testament Theology3
The content and theology of the Old Testament in light of its literary, historical and religious background, with a view to gaining a good working knowledge of the Old Testament. This course is designed for Theology majors. Non-majors are encouraged to take TH 231 Introduction to the Old Testament, though any student who has completed another theology course is welcome. Spring semester.
TH 334 Youth Ministry3
An introduction to the theology of youth ministry; different approaches and models for reaching teens; understanding adolescents in their various cultures; the structures and institutions that affect youth; development and management of youth programs; basic principles and skills necessary for reaching youth both within and outside the church. Spring semester.
TH 335 Theology of Ministry3
An exploration of ministry that is biblically informed and culturally relevant. Capstone course for the Certification program. By permission only.Must be taken in conjunction with TH 435. Two-semester sequence. One credit to be completed fall semester and two credits to be completed spring semester.
TH 336 Gospel Proclamation3
The study and practice of oral communication of the Christian gospel in public settings. Students gain experience in textual interpretation, structuring messages, language use, introducing and concluding messages, audience analysis, delivery of messages and evaluating messages. Also listed as SP 336. By permission only. Offered annually.
TH 338 Small-Group Ministry3
A study of the primary communication skills involved in effective planning and implementation of small-group ministry. Group leadership skills, membership roles, theology of small-group ministry, and leading small-group Bible study. Also listed as SP 338. Spring semester.
TH 339 Evangelism and Discipleship in the Postmodern Context3
A study of the biblical view of evangelism and discipleship: their historical development, different models and approaches, culturally relevant models for today, and how to work out our witness and growth in the marketplace, the church and the world. Fall semester.
TH 340 Biblical Interpretation and Hermeneutics3
This research seminar explores the ways in which Scripture has been read throughout history, introduces hermeneutical theories concerning its meaning and significance, and provides students with practical skills for interpreting and applying it today. Prerequisite: Fulfill the biblical literature requirement.
TH 341 Biblical Hebrew I4
An introduction to Biblical Hebrew, including vocabulary, grammar, and syntax, for the purpose of reading narrative texts from the Hebrew Bible. Fall semester, even years.
TH 342 Biblical Hebrew II4
Continuation of TH 341. Spring semester, odd years.
TH 343 Hebrew Reading & Exegesis I (Narrative)2-3
For students who have completed TH 341 and TH 342. Reading and exegesis of selected narratives of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament).
TH 344 Hebrew Reading & Exegesis II (Poetry)2-3
See TH 343.
TH 345 Contemporary South Africa3
See JMC 341. Also listed as HI 341 and PO 341.
TH 350 Women, Theology and Ministry3
This course invites students into an appreciative and critical dialogue with a broad spectrum of contemporary feminist theologies as they reflect on the classical themes of Christian theology such as God, Christ, creation, human nature, sin and grace, church, spirituality, ministry and ethics.
TH 356 Biblical Theme of Shalom3
A study of the theme of biblical peace through a word study of the Hebrew term shalom and the Greek term eirene, the two words most often translated as "peace," with emphasis on the ministry of Jesus as the epitome of God's revelation of peace and the implications for Christian community. Fall semester.
TH 357 Old Testament Prophets3
A study of the theologies of the prophets of the Old Testament in light of their historical settings, Biblical Theology, and their relevance for today. Periodic offering.
TH 358 Psalms3
A comprehensive introduction to theological exegesis of the biblical psalms, including those preserved in the Old and New Testament narratives. Special attention is given to the Psalter as a guide to authentic spirituality. Periodic offering.
TH 361 Christian Theology3
An examination of all the major topics of Christian theology. Attention will be given to the core content of each doctrine, the coherence of the doctrines with one another, and the practical relevance of these doctrines to the lives of students. Fall semester.
TH 362 Christian Anthropology: Man and Woman In the Image of God3
This course analyzes the biblical and theological foundations of man and woman created in the image of God. It highlights how the Divine Creator and Redeemer works for the full restoration of male and female, whether in married or single life, from broken existence into the true image of God in Jesus Christ. Fall and spring semester.
TH 363 Monasticism: Old and New3
An exploration of monasticism, its genesis, history, theology, and practices, as well as how the model of monasticism might be applicable to various Christian communities today, including the family. At Tall Timber Ranch in the Cascades. Jan Term, even years.
TH 364 Early Christian Sites in Turkey3
A January study-program of Biblical Asia Minor (modern Turkey), introducing students to the earliest Christian sites in the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul, the early Church Fathers, monasticism in Cappadocia, the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire, and the expansion of Islam in Turkey. Prerequisite: TH 241 and TH 313W. Jan Term, odd years.
TH 365 Christianity in Britain4
A study of the origins and development of the Christian church in Britain, covering major historical figures and religious movements from the arrival of the earliest Christian missionaries to today, and visiting important historical, church and cultural sites in England and Scotland. Prerequisite: TH 308. Satisfies general education Global Perspectives or Humanities requirement. Jan Term, odd years.
TH 366 The Church in Central America3
A foundational course for the Central America Study Program. A study of the religious influence on the development of each country and the current state of the church in Central America. Spring semester, every third year.
TH 367 The Triune God3
Trinitarian faith is vital to the life and health of the Christian church. After surveying the so-called rediscovery of the Trinity in the 20th century, we will explore the biblical foundations of the doctrine, its historical development, and several recent attempts to relate the Trinity to topics like pastoral ministry, human personhood, worship, and interreligious dialogue.
TH 368 Interpreting Scripture3
This course enables students to develop skills for interpreting Scripture, exploring the ways in which Scripture has been read in various times and places, introducing hermeneutical theories concerning its meaning and significance, and providing practical tools.
TH 369 Science and Faith3
An introduction to relationship between science and Christian faith as potentially complimentary ways of knowing, with a focus on questions that contemporary scientific interpretations of reality raise for biblical faith and questions that biblical faith raises for the understanding and application of science.
TH 370 World Religions3
A study of the primary non-Christian religions of the world, with special emphasis on the beliefs and practices of those religions. Fall and spring semesters.
TH 371 Great Christian Thinkers3
An exploration of several indisputably great Christian thinkers (Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Calvin, Barth, and others). Key aspects of their thought will be highlighted and examined, with attention to their exciting biographies and emphasis on their practical relevance to the lives of students. Prerequisite: fulfill the biblical literature requirement. Fall semester.
TH 372 Three Outsiders: Kierkegaard, Barth, and Bonhoeffer3
This seminar is a study of the life and thought of Soren Kierkegaard, Karl Barth, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Specifically, it will examine their penetrating attacks on religion and the church, as well as their brilliant and timely suggestions for what it means to follow Jesus Christ (and to be the church) in a context that is no longer predominantly Christian.
TH 373 Who Is Jesus Christ?3
Jesus asked his disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" and the church has been pondering that question ever since. For the last two millennia Christians have struggled to understand and respond to this central mystery, and in this seminar we will join that ongoing conversation. We will orient ourselves around a single question, "Who is Jesus Christ?" and throughout the semester we will read and think about some of the very best answers that Christians have ever given to this fundamental question.
TH 375 Soul Care Through Life Stages3
This course considers the human developmental stages across the entire life span, with special emphasis on the nurture of the spiritual life through their various seasons of life. Students will examine biblical, theological, psychological, and spiritual issues in the life cycle, especially as these issues relate to ministry. Fall semester.
TH 376 Theology and Culture3
"Theology and Culture" begins with the Reformation period and explores how the Christian community has experienced the challenges of modernity, political theologies, ecumenism, postmodernity and the "new" atheism. It focuses on how, in the face of these challenges, the Church has shaped the culture, and how the culture has shaped the Church.
TH 377 Theology in the Public Square3
With Christendom now behind us, the American church has been given an urgent and exciting opportunity to re-think its presence in the public square. The purpose of this course, then, is to explore the uniqueness of the gospel. We will consider a Christian approach to human life and dignity; to community and its barriers; to excellent work and the freedom of genuine play. Our goal is to gain a fresh appreciation for the creative and unexpected ways that the gospel illumines our world.
TH 380 Young Life Practicum1-3
YL Practicum is for Young Life leaders who are in the Student Staff Training Program. It is a discipleship/training program that allows motivated and ministry minded college leaders to understand the heart of true ministry. Through both formal training and direct ministry experience, students will learn and reflect upon how to effectively carry out excellent YL ministry with kids. Students can take course for a maximum of 3 credits per year. Instructor permission required.
TH 381 Campus Ministry2
Designed to explore all aspects of campus-based ministry, including developing a philosophy of ministry, designing and implementing a strategy for leadership development, and the principles and skills necessary to cultivate a sustainable approach to leadership in ministry. Two semester sequence: fall 2 credits (TH 381), spring 1 credit (TH 382).
TH 382 Campus Ministry1
Designed to explore all aspects of campus-based ministry, including developing a philosophy of ministry, designing and implementing a strategy for leadership development, and the principles and skills necessary to cultivate a sustainable approach to leadership in ministry. Two semester sequence: fall 2 credits (TH 381), spring 1 credit (TH 382).
TH 388H Catholicism3
This course introduces students to Catholicism by providing an in depth view of its central message on the Church. Consideration will be given to the Church's historical context, life and doctrinal teachings related to the Reformation.
TH 389 Theologies in Dialogue3
The course focuses on the dialogue between Catholic and Protestant theologies and fosters the quest for positive, balanced theological solutions. It strives for a common understanding of Scripture and Tradition, the Church and authority in the Church, Baptism and the Eucharist. Periodic offering.
TH 393 Christian Spirituality3
The history, theology and practice of spirituality, and its implications for life today as we worship, work, build friendships and play.
TH 396 Topics in Theology,Topics in Theology (BL)1-3
Selected upper-divison topics in theology. Periodic offering.
TH 396 Topics in Theology,Topics in Theology (BL)1-3
Selected upper-divison topics in theology. Periodic offering.
TH 435 Internship in Ministry2
A supervised experience of ministry in a local church or Christian organization. The internship will require mentoring, service, reflection and study. By permission only. Must be taken in conjunction with TH 335. Two-semester sequence: Two credits to be completed fall semester and two credits to be completed spring semester.
TH 436 Internship in Ministry - Music2
A supervised experience of ministry in a local church or Christian organization. The internship will require mentoring, service, reflection and study. By permission only. Two-semester sequence: Two credits to be completed fall semester and two credits to be completed spring semester.
TH 449 Paul's Letters3
A detailed study of the Pauline Epistles, with primary focus on Paul's theology and ethics, development of exegetical skills and hermeneutical understanding. Prerequisite: TH 241. Spring semester.
TH 499 Senior Seminar1
Writing and discussion intended to give senior students an opportunity to integrate the various strands of their theological education, evaluate their theological and spiritual development, and spiritual development, and reflect on their sense of calling for the future. To be taken Fall semester of the student's senior year.

Whitworth’s theology department affirms that true knowledge consists of knowing and receiving God’s love for the world as revealed in Jesus Christ. At the heart of this revelation is the gospel, Christ’s work of reconciliation, which the Holy Spirit applies to our lives. The foundation of the department’s curriculum is rooted in this gospel: how the Bible witnesses to it, how theology describes it, how church history explores its global impact over the past 2000 years, and how Christians are called to believe and live. The curriculum also helps students develop important skills, like careful reading and clear writing, which will serve them well no matter what their vocation is. The curriculum includes a set of core courses all students must take as majors, and a series of tracks, which allows students to go deeper in their area of interest and to apply the discipline of theology to current culture.

Requirements for a Theology Major, B.A.

All theology tracks require the following core curriculum (26)

TH 119Introduction to the Theology Major1
TH 241New Testament3
TH 313WHistory of Christianity I3
TH 314WHistory of Christianity II3
TH 331Old Testament Theology3
TH 361Christian Theology3
TH 393Christian Spirituality3
TH 376Theology and Culture3
TH 368Interpreting Scripture3
TH 499Senior Seminar1

Basic Track: Theology (41)

Required core courses26
Select one Research Seminar:3
Seminar on Early Christianity
Religion in American Public Life
Great Christian Thinkers
Three Outsiders: Kierkegaard, Barth, and Bonhoeffer
Theologies in Dialogue
(or one semester of 2nd year biblical language)
Four additional theology courses12

Track 2: Biblical Studies (43)

In this track, students will acquire deeper knowledge in the field of biblical studies: what the Bible teaches, considering its original setting, and how students can learn to study it for themselves and teach it to others.
Required core courses26
Choose one year of a biblical language:8
TH 310
  & TH 311
New Testament Greek I
   and New Testament Greek II
TH 341
  & TH 342
Biblical Hebrew I
   and Biblical Hebrew II
One additional Biblical Literature course3
One additional upper-division theology course3
One Research Seminar (see course options under Basic Track: Theology)3

Track 3: Christian Thought (41)

In this track students will acquire deeper knowledge of Christian thought: how Christians have understood the Christian faith throughout history and how they do today, where and why they have disagreed, and what theology teaches about living the Christian faith.
Required core courses26
Choose one:3
Ethics
Philosophy of Religion
World Religions
Two courses in Doctrine6
The Triune God
Who Is Jesus Christ?
(or other approved courses)
One Research Seminar3
(see course options under Basic Track:Theology)
One additional theology course3

Track 4: History and Culture (41)

In this track students will acquire deeper knowledge of various Christian perspectives on contemporary issues, like the environment and gender roles. Students must choose an area of concentration that addresses one of these contemporary issues.
Required core courses26
Choose one:3
Ethics
Philosophy of Religion
World Religions
One Research Seminar (see course options under Basic Track: Theology)3
Plus an area of concentration:
A. WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES
Purpose: to explore how the Bible and Christian theology inform our understanding of what it means to be made in the image of God as male and female, what it means for male and female to be in relationship, and how gender shapes roles in marriage and in society.
TH 362Christian Anthropology: Man and Woman In the Image of God3
Choose two:6
Gender and Faith in Film and Literature
Bible and Gender
Women, Theology and Ministry
Families and Society
Gender, Politics and Law
(or other approved courses)
B. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
Purpose: to explore how the Bible and Christian theology shape our understanding of the world as created and redeemed by God and what responsibility rests on the shoulders of Christians as they care for creation in the light of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and in anticipation of the new heavens and the new earth.
TH 214Theology & Ecology3
Choose two:6
Introduction to Environmental Science
Redemption of Creation
Environment and Society
Science and Faith
Internship in Ministry
(or other approved courses)
C. GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY
Purpose: to explore how the Bible and Christian theology inspire Christians to fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, especially in light of the global nature of the Christian movement.
TH 316Introduction to Christian Missions3
Choose two:6
Christianity in Asia
Cross-Cultural Ministry
Missional Church
Early Christian Sites in Turkey
Christianity in Britain
Internship in Ministry
(or other approved courses)
D. THE PUBLIC SQUARE
Purpose: to explore how the Bible and Christian theology inform how Christians view the social order, view various social issues, live out the gospel, and function as salt, leaven and light in society.
TH 377Theology in the Public Square3
Choose two:6
Reasons for Faith
Philosophy of Religion
Science and Faith
Faith and Politics
Internship in Ministry
(or other approved courses)

The theology minor is designed to introduce students to the academic field and practical application of theology without having to major in the discipline. Students who minor in theology will be able to sample from the great feast of Christian theology. Our goal is to help students learn to think theologically and to see the relevance of the gospel for every area of life.  In addition to the generic theology track, the theology minor also allows students to pursue an area of specialization.  These tracks integrate the field of classical theology with important areas of contemporary concern.  Our ultimate aim is to help students understand the gospel and to explore its implications for their lives.

A theology minor requires students to take six theology courses, of any kind, except in the case of biblical languages.  Thus the theology minor is within reach of most students.

Requirements for a Theology Minor (18)

Eighteen theology credits 18

Requirements for Biblical Studies Minor (18)

Choose one:3
Introduction to the Christian Faith
Christian Theology
TH 241New Testament3
TH 331Old Testament Theology3
TH 368Interpreting Scripture3
Two additional Biblical Literature courses6

Requirements for Christian Thought Minor (18)

Choose one:3
History of Christianity I
History of Christianity II
TH 361Christian Theology3
TH 376Theology and Culture3
Two Biblical Literature courses6
One additional theology course3

Requirements for Theology and Gender Minor (18)

TH 362Christian Anthropology: Man and Woman In the Image of God3
TH 221Ethics3
Choose one:3
Bible and Gender
Women, Theology and Ministry
One Biblical Literature course3
Two additional, advisor-approved theology courses6

Requirements for Theology and Ecology Minor (18)

TH 212Redemption of Creation3
TH 214Theology & Ecology3
Two Biblical Literature courses6
Two additional, advisor-approved theology courses6

Requirements for Global Christianity and Missions Minor (18)

TH 316Introduction to Christian Missions3
TH 317Cross-Cultural Ministry3
TH 370World Religions3
Two Biblical Literature courses3
One additional, advisor-approved theology course6

Requirements for Theology in Public Square Minor (18)

TH 323Religion in American Public Life3
Choose one:3
Theology in the Public Square
Theology and Culture
Choose one:3
Ethics
Philosophy of Religion
One Biblical Literature course3
Two additional theology courses6

Requirements for Spiritual Formation Minor (18)

Choose one:3
Introduction to the Christian Faith
Christian Theology
Choose one:3
Christian Spirituality
Monasticism: Old and New
Choose one:3
Biblical Theme of Shalom
or TH 356
Biblical Theme of Shalom
Soul Care Through Life Stages
Choose one:3
Seminar on Early Christianity
History of Christianity I
Two Biblical Literature courses6

Requirements for Biblical Languages Minor (20-22)

TH 310New Testament Greek I4
TH 311New Testament Greek II4
TH 341Biblical Hebrew I4
TH 342Biblical Hebrew II4
Select two of the following reading courses:4-6
Greek Reading and Exegesis I
Greek Reading and Exegesis II
Hebrew Reading & Exegesis I (Narrative)
Hebrew Reading & Exegesis II (Poetry)

Note: Four credits of Latin may be substituted with department permission.


Certification for Ministry

This program is designed to prepare students for entry-level ministry positions in churches and other Christian organizations. Students must apply in the spring for acceptance into the program. Coursework begins in the fall semester. To complete the program successfully, students must maintain a B average in their required coursework. Students who complete the program will receive a certificate in ministry and a minor in theology. Note: Students receiving a theology major do not receive the minor in theology. The program consists of three required courses, plus a biblical studies course, a theology course, and a spiritual practice course from the lists below. In addition students must complete two courses in a chosen ministry track: Youth Ministry, Cross Cultural Ministry, or Urban Ministry. 

Requirements for Certification for Ministry (25)

Requirements for all Certification for Ministry students:10
Theology of Ministry
Evangelism and Discipleship in the Postmodern Context
Internship in Ministry
Also required, choose one of the following Biblical Studies courses:3
New Testament
Jesus and the Kingdom of God
Gospel of Mark
Gospel of John
Romans
Gospel of Luke
Also required, choose one of the following Theology courses:3
Introduction to the Christian Faith
Christian Theology
Also required, choose one of the following Spiritual Practice courses:3
TH 172
  & TH 173
Foundations for Christian Leadership
   and Foundations for Christian Leadership II
Soul Care Through Life Stages
Christian Spirituality
Plus select one track, and complete two courses within that track:6
Youth Ministry Track (6)
Missional Church
Youth Ministry
Gospel Proclamation
Small-Group Ministry
Young Life Practicum
Cross Cultural Ministry Track (6)
Introduction to Christian Missions
Cross-Cultural Ministry
Missional Church
World Religions
French for Overseas Missions
Spanish for Christian Ministry
Urban Ministry Track (6)
Cities and Urban Life
or PY 330
Psychology of Poverty and Social Class
Biblical Theme of Shalom
Religion in American Public Life
Missional Church
The Christian and the City
Ministry of Church to the Poor
Dean of Arts and Sciences

NOELLE WIERSMA

Chair

KEITH BEEBE

Associate professor

TERENCE MCGONIGAL

Professors

KEITH BEEBEKARIN HELLERROGER MOHRLANGADAM NEDERGERALD SITTSER

Assistant professors

KAREN PETERSEN FINCHHALEY GORANSONWILL KYNESJOSH LEIMJONATHAN MOOJEREMY WYNNE

Lecturer

KENT MCDONALD