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THL 321: World Religions
A survey course of the world's major non-Christian religions including motifs, belief patterns, ritual and worship, ethics and social patterns, origin and development, and sacred writings.
THL 371: Christian Doctrine 1
An introductory course in systematic and confessional theology covering theological method, revelation and Scripture, Law and Gospel, the Triune God and His attributes, humanity and sin, and the person and work of Jesus Christ as the God/man, with an emphasis on key biblical material and its expression in the Lutheran Confessions.
THL 372: Christian Doctrine 2
An introductory course in systematic and confessional theology covering the work of Christ, the person and the work of the Holy Spirit, the church and eschatology, with an emphasis on key biblical materials and its expression in the Lutheran Confessions. Prerequisite: THL 371.
THL 375: Contemporary Religious Bodies in America
An introductory survey course of several major Western theological positions organized around the systems of Roman Catholicism, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley. Prerequisite: CTHL 101, 200, THL 101, or equivalent.
THL 429: Biblical Theology and Exegesis
Through an intensive study of the major themes of the Old and New Testaments, this course will introduce and apply the tools and principles of exegesis and hermeneutics, with special emphasis on deriving Law and Gospel principles for use in congregational ministry. Prerequisites: THL 201 and 202 or concurrent enrollment.
THL 430: Christian Apologetics
The relationship of the Christian faith to the major philosophies and ideologies that conflict with Christianity will be evaluated by the epistemological and ontological argumentations developed by Christian apologists in support of Scripture from the second century to the present in this course. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.
THL 463: Readings in Classical Christian Thought
Selected primary source readings in Western Christianity including Augustine (Confessions), Life of St. Antony, selected Western mystics, St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, and Wesley will be studied in this course. Prerequisite: CTHL 101, 200, THL 101, junior standing, or consent of instructor.
THL 465: Christians and Ethics
Through an exploration of morality and ethics in light of what Scripture teaches, students will be oriented to the main approaches, both traditional and contemporary, of non-biblical philosophical ethics as they learn how the Christian faith interacts with these approaches as the significance of the Lutheran confessional distinction between God's left and right hand rule is explored. Student research and presentation on contemporary ethical issues is usually included. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.