Theology (THL)

THL 105   Life of Christ   3 Units

This course provides an introduction to Christianity through the life and work of Christ. It begins with the study of Jesus in the Gospels and then moves into the rest of Scripture. The theological, historical, and cultural background and significance of Christ will be examined. The unity and reliability of Scripture will also be addressed. This course is designed primarily for the student who has had little or no contact with Western culture, and no formal education or exposure to Christian doctrine and practice. Departmental approval is required to register for this course.

THL 201   History and Literature of the Old Testament   3 Units

This course will investigate the literature of the Old Testament in light of its cultural and canonical contexts with an emphasis on its major theological questions and themes and their relevance for Christian faith and life.

THL 202   History and Literature of the New Testament   3 Units

Through a historical and literary survey of the New Testament, this course will emphasize theological themes and their relevance for Christian faith and life.

THL 222   Christian Witness and Evangelism   1 Unit

This course will introduce students to the theology and practice of Christian evangelism through the development of the skills needed to share the Gospel with others.

THL 281   Introduction to Worship Arts   1 Unit

This course will provide an overview of the contemporary worship arts profession and its methods and principles including the study and evaluation of worship services in churches of various sizes and denominations; technologies, equipment, and tools that support worship arts programming; common worship band principles; approaches used in service planning; and the use of dance, drama, and visual arts. Offered alternate years.

THL 304   History of the Christian Church   3 Units

This course will survey the origin and development of the Christian church through the examination of its political and cultural contexts and influences with special consideration given to theological themes which surfaced at different times and places throughout the history of the Christian church, culminating with 21st century trends in fundamentalism, evangelicalism, and ecumenism.

THL 311   Old Testament Book of the Bible   3 Units

This course will offer an in-depth study of a single book of the Old Testament or several books in their entirety which will vary from offering to offering and be selected by the instructor. Prerequisite: THL 201 or consent of instructor. This course may be repeated for credit if a different book is studied.

THL 312   New Testament Book of the Bible   3 Units

This course will offer an in-depth study of a single book of the New Testament or several smaller books in their entirety which will vary from offering to offering and be selected by the instructor. Prerequisites: THL 201 and THL 202 or consent of instructor. This course may be repeated for credit if a different book is studied.

THL 351   Patristic and Medieval Christianity   3 Units

With an emphasis on the major themes in the history of Christian thought beginning with the church fathers, this course will look at the medieval thinkers and culminate with the work of St. Thomas. Offered alternate years.

THL 355   The Reformation   3 Units

This course will introduce students to the social, political, and intellectual context of the various 16th century reformations of the church in Europe as well as the events, ideas, and implications of these reform movements with attention given to both the "magisterial" and "radical" Protestant and Catholic reformations. Offered alternate years.

THL 358   Contemporary Church History   3 Units

After a survey of the 18th and 19th century, this course will focus on theological thought after Protestant liberalism and up to the present day with some time devoted to conservative responses. Offered alternate years.

THL 371   Christian Doctrine and Confessions I   3 Units

This introductory course in systematic and confessional theology will cover 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 and Confessions II   3 Units

This introductory course in systematic and confessional theology will cover 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 381   Worship Arts Ministry   3 Units

This course will look at the theology, methods, and principles for leading a worship arts ministry including the evaluation and development of working definitions for 'contemporary' worship; planning worship services for varied congregational settings; worship ministry in the context of congregational change; values that shape worship ministry programming; the role of technology; and the application of a theology of worship in cultivating a character of leadership. Prerequisite: MUS 281 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

THL 382   Corporate Worship   3 Units

Through an examination of the theology of corporate worship as it is taught in Scripture, the Lutheran Confessions, and how it has developed throughout the history of the church, this course will look at the criteria for preparing and evaluating worship services in today’s church. Prerequisite: CTHL 101, CTHL 200, or equivalent.

THL 390   Practicum: Theology   1-4 Units

This course is a practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience.

THL 395   Preparing for Mission and Service   1 Unit

This course focuses on the tasks of Christian witness and service as aspects of discipleship. It introduces students to theological and practical skills which are essential for responsible mission work, especially as that work relates to and is distinguished from service work. It is a prerequisite for all students who will be participating in Concordia Sponsored mission or service trips. It is also required for those seeking the Great Commission Certificate.

THL 399A   Special Topics in Exegetical Theology   3 Units

This course will examine a special topic in exegetical, systematic, or historical theology.

THL 399B   Special Topics in Systematic Theology   3 Units

This course will examine a special topic in exegetical, systematic, or historical theology.

THL 399C   Special Topics in Historical Theology   3 Units

This course will examine a special topic in exegetical, systematic, or historical theology.

THL 429   Biblical Theology and Exegesis   3 Units

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. Prerequisite: THL 201 and THL 202 or concurrent enrollment.

THL 430   Christian Apologetics   3 Units

The relationship of the Christian faith to the major philosophies and ideologies that conflict with Christianity will be evaluated from the 2nd century to the present in this course. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor.

THL 463   Readings in Classical Christian Thought   3 Units

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, CTHL 200, junior standing, or consent of instructor.

THL 465   Christians and Ethics   3 Units

Through an exploration of morality and ethics in light of what Scripture teaches, this course will orient students to the main approaches, both traditional and contemporary, of non-biblical philosophical ethics as they learn how the Christian faith interacts with these approaches. The significance of the Lutheran confessional distinction between God's left and right hand rule will also be explored. Student research and presentations on contemporary ethical issues are usually included. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or consent of instructor, CTHL 101 or CTHL 200.

THL 467   Bioethics and Healthcare Professions   3 Units

This course will examine the ethical issues raised by modern advances in health care and biological research. Attention will be given to the language of bioethics, important philosophical and theological approaches, and socio-cultural implications. Special foci may include clinical nursing ethics, business ethics in a healthcare context, or other topics as appropriate. Prerequisite: CTHL 101 or THL 202 (or equivalent).

THL 481   The Mission of Christ’s Church   3 Units

This course will provide an overview of the theology and practice of Christian missions including the historical development, missionary methods, evangelism programs, and paradigm shifts including the skills needed to share the Gospel to others. Offered alternate years.

THL 482   Musical Heritage of the Church   3 Units

This course will survey the role, development, and function of music in the Christian church from its roots in the Old Testament to the present day, with attention given to biblical, theological, social, and cultural considerations. Offered alternate years.

THL 483   A Survey of Christian Hymnody   3 Units

This is an historical survey course of Christian hymnody which will develop an awareness of the poetic, musical, theological, and spiritual aspects of hymnody for both congregational and devotional use. Offered alternate years.

THL 484   Planning Music for Christian Worship   2 Units

A practical study of planning music within the worship service will be presented in this course as students draw upon their experiences in theology, worship, history, arranging, performance, and repertoire courses to create and evaluate worship forms in today's church. Prerequisites: THL 382; MUS 331, MUS 471, MUS 481, and MUS 482/THL 482, MUS 483/THL 483, and MUS 485/THL 485 are also suggested. Offered alternate years.

THL 485   Contemporary Christian Song   2 Units

This survey course will look at the development and function of contemporary Christian music appropriate for use within both liturgical and non-liturgical worship services as students draw upon their experiences in theology, music, and worship courses and learn to select and evaluate contemporary music appropriate for a Lutheran-Christian worship context. Prerequisites: THL 382; MUS 482/THL 482, and MUS 483/THL 483 are also suggested.