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Archaeology

ARCH 545 Archaeology of the Old Testament World (4): Examination of the contributions that archaeology makes to an understanding of the historical, cultural, and political backgrounds of the Old Testament. Cross-listed with RELB 545.

ARCH 546 Archaeology of the New Testament World (4): Examination of the contributions that archaeology makes to an understanding of the historical, cultural, and political backgrounds of the New Testament. Cross-listed with RELB 546.

ARCH 594 Fieldwork in Middle Eastern Archaeology (1-8): Completion of fieldwork in a specified area relating to Middle Eastern archaeology. May be repeated up to a total of 8 units.  Restriction: Consent of instructor.

ARCH 695 Topics in Archaeological Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units. Restriction: Consent of instructor.

Biblical Studies

RELB 501 The Old Testament and Its Communities (4): A survey of the writings of the Old Testament in the context of the communities and faith experiences of those who produced them.

RELB 502 The New Testament and Its Communities (4): A survey of the writings of the New Testament in the context of the communities and faith experiences of those who produced them.

RELB 506 From Text to Sermon: Hermeneutic Tools for Pastors (4): An examination and application of scriptural principles for interpretation of the Bible.

RELB 511 Interpreting OT Texts (4): An investigation into the theory and practice of biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, and theology through the study of selected books/portions of the Hebrew bible/Old Testament.  Prerequisite: RELB 501 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELB 512 Interpreting NT Texts (4): An investigation into the theory and practice of biblical exegesis, hermeneutics, and theology through the study of selected books/portions of the Christian scriptures/New Testament.  Prerequisite: RELB 502 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELB 519 The Gospel of John (4): An exegetical study of the Gospel of belief, with special emphasis on Johannine Christology and the concepts of the Fatherhood of God, the Holy Spirit, life, truth, grace, and eschatology.

RELB 521 Contemporary Issues in Old Testament Studies (4): An exploration of current issues and research in the scholarly study of the Old Testament.  Prerequisite: RELB 511 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELB 522 Contemporary Issues in New Testament Studies (4): An exploration of current issues and research in the scholarly study of the New Testament.  Prerequisite: RELB 512 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELB 526 The Prophetic Traditions of Israel (4): Historical, exegetical and theological exploration of the major and minor prophets, with critical consideration of their original situations and messages and of their meanings for our time today.

RELB 527 The Wisdom Traditions of Israel (4): Historical, exegetical and theological exploration of the wisdom literature of the Hebrew scriptures, with critical consideration of the writers’ meanings in their time and implications for ours.

RELB 528 The Apocalyptic Traditions of Israel and Early Christianity (4): Historical, exegetical, and theological exploration of the apocalyptic movement and writings in ancient Israel, including the Book of Daniel, through the inter-testamental and early Christian periods, including the Book of Revelation, with critical consideration of the authors’ meanings in their time and implications for ours.

RELB 545 Archaeology of the Old Testament World (4): Examination of the contributions that archaeology makes to an understanding of the historical, cultural, and political backgrounds of the Old Testament. Cross-listed with ARCH 545.

RELB 546 Archaeology of the New Testament World (4): Examination of the contributions that archaeology makes to an understanding of the historical, cultural, and political backgrounds of the New Testament. Cross-listed with ARCH 546.

RELB 558 Old Testament Theology (4): The major theological concepts of the Old Testament, with a view to their impact on Christian life and thought.

RELB 559 New Testament Theology (4): An examination of the major theological themes of the teaching of Jesus as set forth in the Gospels, the Kerygma of the primitive Church, the letters of Paul, and the Johannine writings.

RELB 564 Romans (4): An introduction to the book, with an exegesis of its text and consideration of its major theological themes.

RELB 568 Hebrews (4): An introduction to the book, with an exegesis of its text and a consideration of the major theological themes presented.

RELB 594 Fieldwork in Middle East Archaeology (1-8): Restriction: Consent of the instructor. May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

RELB 614 Old Testament Seminar (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units. Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELB 624 New Testament Seminar (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELB 674 Reading Tutorial in Biblical Studies (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELB 695 Topics in Biblical Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELB 698 Thesis in Biblical Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

RELB 699 Directed Study in Biblical Studies (1-6): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

Christian Ethics

RELE 504 Christianity and Culture (4): An examination of human culture and society as the expression of the setting in which we participate in God’s creative work, as the medium through which humans receive and appropriate divine revelation, and as the context within which they experience divine redemption. These issues are approached through the disciplines of sociology of religion and social ethics. Particular attention will be paid to the development of religious contradictions and the challenges posed by cultural and religious diversity.  Identical to RELM 504.

RELE 514 Christian Social Ethics (4): An in-depth opportunity for the graduate student to discover what are the implications of Christian belief for selected problems in social ethical theory and practice.  Prerequisite: RELE 504 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELE 557 Gender Issues and the Church (4): Investigation of gender roles and relations in the work of the Christian church and Seventh-day Adventism, in scriptural, historical, theological, and cultural perspectives.

RELE 559 Ethnic Issues and the Church (4): A consideration of readings on movements and models of racial and ethnic relations in the church and culture of North America.

RELE 577 Theological Ethics (4): A critical analysis of the basic approaches to theological ethics.  Ethical dimensions of theological positions advocated in the twentieth century.

RELE 588 Philosophical Ethics (4): A critical analysis of the basic theories propounded in philosophical ethics. A study of the writings of major ethical theorists, such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, I. Kant, and J. S. Mill, etc. A consideration of philosophical ethics in theological perspective.

RELE 614 Seminar in Church and Society (4): Topics in this series include: community issues and relationships; summer ministries; feminist theologies and religious life; women in pastoral ministry; cross-cultural relationships; contemporary ethical issues in ministry.  May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELE 624 Seminar in Christian Ethics (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELE 674 Reading Tutorial in Christian Ethics (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELE 695 Topics in Christian Ethics (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELE 698 Thesis in Christian Ethics (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

RELE 699 Directed Study in Christian Ethics (1-6): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

General Studies

RELG 501 The Study of Religion: Theory and Practice (4): An introduction to the academic approaches to the study of religion, tracing their development from the mid-19th century to the present.  Building primarily on phenomenological perspectives, the course avails of economic, sociological, anthropological and psychological insights, without reducing the study of religion to any or all of these disciplines. The course provides: a theoretical grounding for advanced study in one particular faith tradition, or in the general field of religious studies; general insights into the ways in which religious convictions function.

RELG 510 Research and Writing in Religion (4): Religion as a scholarly discipline. Intellectual and moral virtues of scholarship. Research resources, methods, and procedures. Use of library and Internet resources. Common fallacies in scholarly arguments. Content and structure of critical reviews, term papers, and theses. Functions and forms of documentation. Planning, organizing, outlining, drafting, and revising. Advanced writing practices and techniques.  Note: RELG 510 must be taken by all students at its very first offering in their program

RELG 511 The Religions of the World (4): An investigation of the leading religious traditions at work in the world, as expressed through their narratives, classic texts, rituals, ethics, beliefs and values, all in the context of a sense of encounter with the sacred.  Consideration will be given to the impact of globalization, interaction among religions, and the dynamics of conversion from one belief-system to another.  The course provides insights helpful to ministry in multi-cultural contexts in the U.S. and abroad.  Prerequisite: RELG 501 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELG 614 Seminar in Research and Writing (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELG 624 Seminar in Religious Studies (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELG 674 Reading Tutorial (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELG 695 Topics (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELG 698 Thesis (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

RELG 699 Directed Study (1-6): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

History of Christianity

RELH 504 A Survey History of Christianity (4): A historical overview of the leading formative movements, theological trends, and individuals who mark the turning points of Christian history. Consideration is given to the patristic, medieval, Reformation, and contemporary periods, which saw the rise of new churches, symbols, creeds, doctrines, theological systems, and liturgies.

RELH 506 History of Seventh-day Adventism (4): A study of the origins, context, and development of Seventh-day Adventist doctrines and institutions from the 1840s to the 1960s.  Includes consideration of the role of Ellen G. White.

RELH 514 Studies in the History of Christianity (4): Key topics in the history of Christendom and Christian thought.  Prerequisite: RELH 504 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELH 545 The Story of Christianity: Formation (4): The birth and development of Christianity from the apostolic age to the high middle ages, with emphasis on the formation of Christian beliefs and traditions.

RELH 546 The Story of Christianity: Reformation (4): Christianity in the age of the Renaissance and Reformation, with emphasis on sixteenth-century movements and the emergence of Protestantism.

RELH 547 The Story of Christianity: Transformation (4): Christianity in the Enlightenment, post-Enlightenment and modern eras, with some emphasis on the American religious scene, including the context for the development of Adventism.

RELH 586 The Life and Thought of Ellen White (4): Key events in the life of Ellen G. White (1827-1915) in the context of her major contributions to religious life in the Adventist movement and beyond.

RELH 614 Seminar in Church History (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELH 674 Reading Tutorial in Historical Studies (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELH 695 Topics in Historical Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELH 698 Thesis in Historical Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

RELH 699 Directed Study in Historical Studies (1-6): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

Biblical Languages

RELL 504 Linguistic Tools for Pastoral Ministry: Hebrew (4): Survey of how to use Hebrew linguistic tools in the preparation of sermons, research, scriptural interpretation for pastoral ministry.

RELL 505 Linguistic Tools for Pastoral Ministry: Greek (4): Survey of how to use Greek linguistic tools in the preparation of sermons, research, scriptural interpretation for pastoral ministry.

RELL 614 Seminar in Biblical Languages (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELL 674 Reading Tutorial in Biblical Languages (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELL 695 Topics in Biblical Languages (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELL 698 Thesis in Biblical Languages (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

RELL 699 Directed Study in Biblical Languages (1-6): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

Mission

RELM 504 Christianity and Culture (4): A comprehensive account of human culture as the expression of humanity’s call to participate in God’s creative work, as the medium through which humans receive and appropriate divine revelation, and as the context within which they experience divine redemption. These issues are approached through the disciplines of sociology of religion and social ethics. Particular attention will be paid to the development of religious convictions, and the challenges posed by cultural and religious diversity.  Identical to RELE 504.

RELM 505 Witnessing, Evangelism, and Church Growth (4): Theory and practice of successful outreach in the various cultural contexts of North America today.

RELM 514 Youth and Young Adult Culture (4): An exploration of the specific cultural and demographic expectations of youth and young adults in relation to the mission and context of the church at large, and local congregations in particular. The culture of music, worship style, needs, expectations, values, perspectives will be examined.

RELM 534 Anthropology of Mission (4): A study of mission, applying the findings of anthropology as they relate to cultural change. The processes of religious development, the means of diffusion, the factors affecting religious acculturation, and the analysis from case studies of programs planned to direct changes in religion.

RELM 565 Advanced Theory and Practice of Evangelism (4): Advanced study of and participation in personal and public evangelism.  Course may involve being part of an evangelistic endeavor at home or abroad.

RELM 592 Fieldwork in Evangelism (1): Practical experience in conducting public evangelistic meetings either locally or at an international venue.  May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 4 units.

RELM 614 Seminar in Mission Studies (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELM 674 Reading Tutorial in Mission Studies (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELM 695 Topics in Mission Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELM 698 Thesis in Mission Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

RELM 699 Directed Study in Mission Studies (1-6): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

Pastoral Ministry

RELP 504 The Calling and Spiritual Identity of the Pastor (4): The spiritual challenge of the pastorate; how to meet it and grow.  The complicated role and self-understanding of a pastor as a public figure, leader of a congregation, minister to people in need, and private person.

RELP 506 Congregational Life and Leadership (4): The implications in practice and theology of clergy leadership in the local congregation. Contemporary theories and praxis will be studied.

RELP 507 The Nature of the Church and Its Ministries (4): A concise theology of the church with its implications for worship, ministry, religious experience, and praxis. The course provides the basis for theoretical and biblical analysis of the nature, function, purpose, and mission of the Church in contemporary society. The course includes two foci: theological and practical implications. Models for ministry will be explored using historical, theological, and psychological resources.

RELP 508 Mission and Strategic Planning in Ministry (4): An exploration of ministry with its implications for worship, experience and praxis with a view to building up the body of Christ. The “what,” “who,” and “how” of strategic planning to maximize a church’s potential for spiritual growth. How to initiate change in a church setting with a view to helping outreach and evangelism. Evaluation and assessment is included in this comprehensive study.

RELP 514 Practical Theology (4): An introduction to Practical Theology as the overarching disciplinary methodology in use in the various fields often called “Church & Ministry,” “Applied Theology,” “Practics,” or “Pastoral Studies.” Study of the major theorists of the field; the distinction between theory and praxis; and the methods used in the behavioral sciences and their application to, and appropriation by, a self -reflective ministry.  The Biblical and theological basis of pastoral theology, and its implications for the use of these methods in helping relationships as they relate to the unique role of ministry.  Prerequisite: RELP 504, or comparable undergraduate course, pastoral experience, or consent of the instructor.

RELP 515 Youth Ministry and the Local Church (4): Designed to provide insight into the theology, organization, and methods of local youth ministry. The problem of what to do in the local setting with youth and young adults as they grow toward God. Consideration of the problems of leadership, activities, model of ministry and current materials available.

RELP 517 Religion and the Arts (4): An exploration of the purpose and contribution of the arts in the expression of religious commitment.

RELP 518 Pastoral Ethics (4): An introduction to the ethical dimensions of church office and pastoral care. Includes an overview of moral, societal, and legal responsibilities associated with pastoral roles and the central ethical issues which arise in the context of ministry. Special attention will be given to the appropriate use of personal power, church resources, and the influence of office.

RELP 527 Crisis Counseling and Intervention (4): Crisis phenomena, current crisis theory, a Christian model of crisis care, and the dynamics and practices of crisis care.

RELP 528 Preaching from Old Testament Texts (4): The interpretation of selected parts of the Old Testament for the purpose of sermon preparation and delivery.  Prerequisite: RELB 511 Interpreting OT Texts

RELP 529 Preaching from New Testament Texts (4): The interpretation of selected parts of the New Testament for the purpose of sermon preparation and delivery.  Prerequisite: RELB 512 Interpreting NT Texts

RELP 535 Psychology of Religion (4): An examination of psychology of religion. Religious experience and faith growth as seen from the perspective of the psychologist of religion and ministerial team.

RELP 536 Principles of Pastoral Counseling (4): A survey of principal theories and counseling approaches for use in the pastoral ministry.

RELP 537 Equipping the Laity for Mission (4): Methods and resources for developing lay leaders and for helping them identify and employ their spiritual gifts in support of the life of the local church.

RELP 539 Pastoral Theology (4): Biblical and theological basis of, and the implications for methods in helping relationships as they relate to the unique role of ministry

RELP 545 Fostering Faith Across the Life Cycle (4): This course focuses on the relationship between the concepts of Christian ministry and human development. It will review the prominent theories and research in the field of developmental psychology and faith development and will consider their relevance to the work of Christian education and ministry.

RELP 547 Financial Management in the Local Church (4): Church financial policies of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination, with principles for the responsible accounting, handling and managing of financial resources.

RELP 549 The Theology and Practice of Christian Worship (4): A historical and theological survey of Christian proclamation, liturgics, with implications for praxis in a contemporary church.

RELP 554 Small Group Ministry (4): Theory, methods and practice of growing small group ministries in the local congregation.

RELP 556 Conflict Resolution in the Local Church (4): Approaches and techniques for dealing redemptively with conflict and decision making within the congregation.

RELP 558 The Church in Urban Contexts (4): Examination of the special needs of congregations in inner-city and densely urban contexts with a view to developing resources and approaches for ministry.

RELP 564 Religious Development and Moral Learning (4): Biblical principles of emerging self-identity and faith concepts.  Religious development throughout the lifecycle. Religious learning problems, moral development issues, and practical methods in communicating religious values.

RELP 565 Building Family Ministry (4): The family as a context for ministry. The role of children’s ministry, methods, psychological and lifecycle concerns, and analysis of creative ministry for multigenerational ministry.

RELP 567 Counseling Youth and Young Adults (4): Counseling applications for the Christian community of youth, including problem solving, decision making, values clarification, and church-related conflict issues.

RELP 569 Models of Religious Education (4): This course employs six categories (aim, content, teacher, learner, environment, and evaluation) for ascertaining the shape of religious education endeavors through the church’s history as a backdrop to its focus on this century and the contemporary church/school religious educational system.

RELP 577 The Theology and Practice of Preaching (4): Basic study of the practice of skills and approaches to preaching exploring the methods, theory, and function of preaching the Bible.

RELP 578 Contextual Homiletics (4): The study of the content and methods of contextual preaching.  Courses will rotate through a number of unique contexts such as youth and young adults, multicultural contexts, multigenerational contexts, and evangelism. Courses may also focus upon a particular portion of the Old or New Testament.   May be taken for credit twice, with different content.

RELP 589 Christian Spiritual Resources (4): Biblical understanding of personal faith. Exploration of three aspects of the religious life. The course will explore: (1) relationship of spirituality to the ministry of the whole church; (2) knowledge and experience as a means to Christian growth; (3) an understanding of the work of God’s grace in the process of spiritual formation in both clergy and congregation.

RELP 590 Practicum in Youth Ministry (4): Supervised application (90 clock-hours) in local church or other institutional settings, based upon the student’s approved project proposal. The course requirements include the preparation and submission of a major written analysis of the project and its implementation.  Prerequisite: RELP 515.

RELP 591 Ministry Practice and Project (4): An advanced project developed for and completed in a local church setting. Students will normally register at the commencement of the project, and work on it for three or four consecutive quarters.  An IP (“in process” grade will be given for each quarter of satisfactory progress until completion of the project, at which time a letter grade will be assigned.

RELP 592 Social Justice Practice and Project (4): An advanced social justice project developed for and completed in a church setting.

RELP 593 Creative Ministry Practice and Project (4): An advanced creative ministry project (e.g. use of drama, the arts, community service, creative forms of outreach, etc.) developed for and completed in a church setting.

RELP 595 Fieldwork in Pastoral Ministry (1): Practical application of the practice of ministry into an overall theory of ministry. May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 4 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 596 Fieldwork in Educational Ministry (1): Practice in teaching in an educational setting; interaction with students in a learning setting either in a school or a church. May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 3 units.  Prerequisite: RELP 468.

RELP 597 Clinical Pastoral Education I (4): A twelve-week course run by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc., for church pastors and seminary students, including supervised experience with patients, lectures by hospital staff, seminars, conferences, and hospital rounds with physicians. Five eight-hour days per week. Limited enrollment. Credit is earned by successfully completing the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education course, as signified by a letter from the director of the CPE program.  A qualified student wishing to earn credit in clinical pastoral education must receive permission from the graduate professional advisor and the Dean of the Divinity School prior to enrollment through the Medical Center at Loma Linda University or other accredited program.  Prerequisite: RELP536 Principles of Pastoral Counseling, or equivalent course(s).

RELP 598 Clinical Pastoral Education II (4): Intermediate level 12 week CPE program.  Prerequisite: RELP 524 Clinical Pastoral Education I

RELP 599 Clinical Pastoral Education III (4): Advanced level 12 week CPE program.  Prerequisite: RELP 525 Clinical Pastoral Education II

RELP 604 Seminar in Church and Ministry (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 605 Seminar on Current Issues in Youth Ministry (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 606 Seminar in Worship (4): Advanced consideration of special topics in Christian liturgics, worship styles, parish involvement and evangelistic potential.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 608 Seminar in Outreach (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 609 Seminar in Personal Ministry (4): Topics for this seminar may include family system theory, marriage enrichment, sexuality and contemporary society, volunteerism, evangelism, discipleship.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 614 Seminar in Pastoral Leadership (4): Topics may include: leadership in cultural contexts; church administration; Christian educational ministry, multi-generational ministry, and ministry to singles.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 616 Seminar in Spiritual Formation (4): Investigation of the historical, biblical, practical aspects of spiritual growth. Topics such as spiritual trauma, healing, spiritual guidance, prayer, discipleship focus the attention of this study.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 674 Reading Tutorial in Professional Studies (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 695 Topics in Professional Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELP 698 Thesis in Professional Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

RELP 699 Directed Study in Professional Studies (1-6): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

Christian Theology

RELT 504 Principles of Christian Theology (4): A survey of the interpretation of Christian faith. Topics covered include theological method and the doctrines of the trinity, Christ, humanity, revelation, sin, grace, atonement, justification, sanctification, the church, and the second advent.

RELT 508 Theology for Pastors (4): The nature and function of theology as an essential ingredient in the life and mission of the church. The role of the pastor as “resident theologian.”  What theology is, why it is essential, and how to do it.

RELT 514 Systematic Theology (4): Engaging in the work of constructive theology as a collaborative and systematic endeavor.  The course will focus each time on one or more doctrinal loci.  Prerequisite: RELT 504 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELT 515 Contemporary Issues in Theology (4): A systematic exploration of contemporary issues in Christian faith, practice and ministry, in the light of selected central themes in theology.  Prerequisite: RELT 514 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELT 516 Seventh-Day Adventist Theology (4): An analytical exploration of various theologies current within Seventh-day Adventism, and the systematic exploration and re-envisioning of an authentic, relevant & viable Adventist theology.

RELT 520 The Doctrine of Revelation (4): A study of the self-disclosure of God as witnessed to in Holy Scripture.  Theories of inspiration and revelation will be explored, as will the authority of the Bible.

RELT 524 The Theology of the Church, and Its Mission (4): An exploration of various understandings of the church and its mission to the world, in light of the salvation accomplished in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Implications for outreach and mission methodology will also be considered.

RELT 527 The Doctrine of Christian Hope (4): The Coming of God (Advent) and Christian Eschatology.

RELT 536 Philosophy of Religion (4): Reasons for belief in the reality and relevance of God for contemporary man.

RELT 537 The Doctrine of Creation (4): The Christian understanding of the origin, nature and destiny of the cosmos and the earth; the origin and nature of sin; providence; and the problem of evil.

RELT 538 The Doctrine of Humanity (4): The Christian understanding of the nature and destiny of human beings. Anthropological concepts in the Bible and in Christian thought.

RELT 539 The Doctrine of God (4): A study of the reality, nature, and attributes of God; the doctrine of the Trinity; and God’s relationship to the temporal world.

RELT 545 Christian Faith in the Modern World (4): A study of the challenges to Christian faith in the modern and post modern worlds. Special focus will be given to the dialogue between science and theology.

RELT 548 The Doctrine of Christ (4): A study of the person and work of Christ. Attention given to the nature of Christ and His atoning work during His life on earth, His death on the cross, and His intercession in the heavenly sanctuary.

RELT 549 The Doctrine of Salvation (4): A study of the Christian Gospel and its implications for salvation now and hereafter.

RELT 556 Issues in Seventh-day Adventist Theology (4): Theological challenges arising in an international, multi-cultural community of faith in a changing world. Special emphasis is given to biblical interpretation, prophecy, the trinity, the nature and work of Christ, humanity, righteousness by faith, the Sabbath, the church, the judgment, and the second advent.  Prerequisite: RELT 5146 or comparable undergraduate course, or consent of the instructor.

RELT 614 Seminar in Theological Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELT 674 Reading Tutorial in Theological Studies (4): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELT 695 Topics in Theological Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 12 units.  Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

RELT 698 Thesis in Theological Studies (4): May be repeated for additional credit to a maximum of 8 units.

RELT 699 Directed Study in Theological Studies (1-6): Restriction: Consent of the instructor.

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