TH6610 - Controversies in Systematic Theology


Controversies in Systematic Theology


20 CC   10 ECTS

Distance Learning: King's Evangelical Divinity School eCampus


10 hours of recorded lectures 10 hours
190 hours of generated study time. 190 hours

200 hours of which 10 hours of recorded lectures / course material and 190 hours of generated study time. Students have access to an online discussion forum to communicate with tutors and other students, along with e-mail support from tutors. Where appropriate, telephone support is also available.
Scheduled hours Placement Hours Independent Guided study
10 0 190

Core course material is expected to be used fully and typically includes recorded lectures and reading of select textbooks, papers or book extracts. All students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures and read the required materials. A range of supporting teaching material is also available to students as further recommended learning options.

Theology• Openness of God: Does God know the future with certainty or just probability?Soteriology• Sanctification: are Christians able not to sin?• Baptism of the Holy Spirit: simultaneous with salvation, second event (holiness or ministry)?Ecclesiology• Church government: bishops, elders, congregational• Lord’s Supper: real presence or memorial?• Church’s relationship to government, poor, politicsAnthropology• Humanity’s role in creation• Environmentalism (inc. treatment of animals)Eschatology• Hell: Everlasting suffering or everlasting punishment?• Second coming of Christ and the Tribulation

  • To identify and evaluate the arguments on doctrines disputed within the Evangelical Christian movement.
  • To survey and discuss topics that separate Evangelicals denominationally and ideologically within the movement.
  • To enable students to develop analytical-critical thinking about theological issues, especially those that have generated considerable debate and disagreement.
  • To develop the capacity to communicate describe and debate difficult or nuanced issues in the field with academic rigour.

Audio lectures, guided reading, individual study, and individual support where appropriate. Students will prepare for assignments individually using interactive online learning material. Students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in online theological discussion on the eCampus Forum.

  1. Show an in-depth and critical knowledge and understanding of aspects of controversy in systematic theology, demonstrating acquaintance with important scholarly literature 
  2. Demonstrate an advanced capacity to discuss and analyse varying viewpoints using academically appropriate techniques and study methods. 
  3. Be able to reflect theologically and critically upon issues in systematic theology using skills and assess their own understandings and relate them to their own system of belief.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to understand and discuss critical academic literature on the subject

Component Weighting % Learning outcome(s) assessed Assessment category
14000 word assignment100%1-4Coursework

Reassessment: as assessment

Beilby, James K., Eddy, Paul R., & Boyd, Gregory A. (2001). Divine foreknowledge: four views. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Beisner, E. Calvin. (1997). Where Garden Meets Wilderness: Evangelical Entry Into the Environmental Debate. Grand Rapids, MI: Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and William B. Eerdmans Publishing.

Berkhof, Louis (1996). Systematic theology (New ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: W.B. Eerdmans Pub.

Bloesch, Donald G. (2000). The Holy Spirit: works & gifts. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Bloesch, Donald G. (2002). The Church: sacraments, worship, ministry, mission. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Bloesch, Donald G. (2004). The last things: resurrection, judgment, glory. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Boyd, Gregory A. (2001). Satan and the problem of evil: constructing a trinitarian warfare theodicy. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Clark, Gordon Haddon, & Clark, Gordon Haddon. (1987). Predestination : the combined edition of Biblical predestination and Predestination in the Old Testament. Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co.

Coleman, Richard. J. (1979). “Another View: The Battle for the Bible”. Journal of the American Scientific Association 31 (June): 74-79.

Feinberg, John S., Basinger, David, & Basinger, Randall. (1986). Predestination & free will: four views of divine sovereignty & human freedom. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press.

Frame, John M. (2001). No other God: a response to open theism. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R.

Geisler, Norman L. (2002). Systematic theology. Minneapolis, Minn.: Bethany House.

Grudem, Wayne A. (1994). Systematic theology: an introduction to biblical doctrine. Leicester, England Grand Rapids, Mich.: Inter-Varsity Press ; Zondervan Pub. House.

Horton, Stanley M. (1994). Systematic theology: a Pentecostal perspective. Springfield, Mo.: Logion Press.

Jenson, Robert W. (1997). Systematic theology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lewis, G. R., & Demarest, B. A. (Eds.). (1984). Challenges to Inerrancy: A Theological Response. Moody Publishers.

MacGregor, Kirk R. (2007). A Molinist-Anabaptist systematic theology. Lanham, Md.: University Press of America.

McClendon, James William. (2002). Systematic theology (2nd ed.). Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.

Pannenberg, Wolfhart. (1991). Systematic theology. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans.

Reymond, Robert L. (1998). A new systematic theology of the Christian faith. Nashville: T. Nelson.

Spencer, Aída Besançon. (2009). Marriage at the crossroads: couples in conversation about discipleship, gender roles, decision making, and intimacy. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Stephen Vantassel


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