Department of Systematic Theology

Washington Reformed Seminary

Systematic Theology The Systematic Theology department trains students in the doctrines of truth that are drawn from close study of the Word as the ultimate and infallible source. Courses examining the doctrines of God, Man, Christ, Salvation, the Church and Last Things, as well as courses in ethics and apologetics, provide students with the ability to state and defend biblical truth and the relevance of the Christian world view to daily life.

ST 500. Introduction to Doctrine. A study of Nature, method, and sources of theology. This courses examining the doctrines of God, Man, Christ, Salvation, the Church and Last Things. Using both historical and modern materials, this course aims to deepen awareness of major doctrine of christian theology.

ST 501. The Doctrine of Scripture; Bible. A Study of prolegomena, revelation and the inspiration of Scripture, including inerrancy and the principles of biblical interpretation, illumination, and theological hermeneutics.

ST 502. Trinitarianism. A study of the unity and Persons and functions in the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, with special attention to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit and the Triune God as well as the perfect love and unity within the Godhead model for us. A Research seminar on Scripture’s teaching on the Trinity.

ST 503. Doctrine of God. A study of the being and Existence, knowability, and attributes of Trine God: divine decrees; creation, providence, and miracles; angels.

ST 504. Christology. A systematic presentation of the Son of God. A study of the person and work of Christ, include the nature and purpose of special grace of cross and mediator of covenant of grace with emphasis on the doctrine of substitutionary atonement as well as Scripture teaching us.

ST 505. Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. A study of context and purpose of the work of the Spirit; union with Christ, include the Holy Spirit works in relation to revelation, love, faith, freedom, the Christian life, and the special gifts associated with the Holy Spirit.

ST 506. Doctrine of Man. Origin, nature, and original state of man; covenant relationship to God; the fall; doctrine of sin; free agency. Special attention is given to the question of “image of God” and the theology of adoption. dichotomy and trichotomy, the covenant with Adam, and the nature of sin.

ST 507. Doctrine of Salvation: Soteriology. A study of application of salvation, union Christ, with special attention to effective calling, regeneration, faith and repentance, justification by faith, adoption, sanctification, perseverance.

ST 508. Doctrine of Church. The Biblical teaching as to the nature of the church, its order and ministry. Evaluation of resent ecclesiology and renewal movements, include particular interest of traditional and contemporary marks of the true church and sacraments.

ST 509. The Doctrine of Eschatology. The course aims to study in depth the primary biblical and theological literature on subject of the eschatology and meaning “the last things” for christian living. Due attention is given to the fascination with and use of the doctrine of eschatology in modern theology.

ST 610. The Doctrine of the Atonement. Background in the history of doctrine, especially within the Reformed tradition. Focus on central biblical concerns, with special attention for implications in other areas of the biblical system.

ST 611. The Doctrine of Angel and Satan. A study of the theology of spiritual creation being, with special attention to nature, organization, service of a angels including the fall angels and satan’s activity in the Scripture. Focus on central biblical concerns, with special attention for implications in other areas of the biblical system.

ST 612. The Westminster Confession. The origin and convening of the Westminster Assembly. Exposition of the theology of the Assembly by means of a study of the Westminster Confession of Faith. An extensive research project will be required.

ST 613. The Theology of John Calvin. A study of the theology of Calvin, with special attention to the development and content of his Institution. Research seminar on Calvin’s teaching on the Person and Work of the Spirit, with attention to his expositions in the Institutes, Commentaries and Treatises.

ST 614. The Issues Dispensationalism. Critical study of key issues in the doctrine of eschatology and biblical are analyzed, including hermeneutics, the biblical covenants, the distinction between israel and the church, the view of the Kingdom, and purpose God in the progressive of revelation.

ST 715. Contemporary Theology. A study in depth of the background of contemporary theology and a critical assessment of such current trends as the reinterpretation of the older liberalism, hermeneutical theology, the theology of hope, and the theology of liberation. May also be credited in the Department of Historical Theology.

ST 716. Roman Catholic Theology. A study of major doctrines in dispute between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism (the sources of theology, Christology, justification, the church, the sacraments, the theology of liberation, universalism, Mariology, et ), as interpreted by leading Roman Catholic theologians. Interpretation of selected passages with a view to their bearing on systematic-theological issues. Lectures and student presentations.

ST 717. The Doctrine of Sanctification. A study of salvation, with special attention to the Doctrine of Sanctification and significance in Reformed theology. Biblical emphases and Reformation and modern developments, including implications for Christian moral.

ST 818. Theology of the Sacraments. A study of baptism and the Lord’s supper with special attention to their place and significance in Reformed theology. The course will involve a careful study of biblical texts and the history of the theology of the sacraments.

ST 819. Themes in Puritan Theology. A consideration of some of the leading themes in the theology of the British Puritans of the seventeenth century, including Thomas Goodwin, John Owen, Richard Baxter, John Flavel, Richard Sibbes, Stephen Charnock and others. Topics covered will include the knowledge of God, providence, sanctification and assurance.

ST 820. Topics in the Doctrine of Man. Exploration of the relation of classical theological anthropology to biblical-theological method, including theology of sonship in Paul and John. Special attention will be given to the question of the image of God, dichotomy and trichotomy, the covenant with Adam, and the nature of sin.

ST 821. Studies in Natural Theology. A critical study of the various approaches adopted in the history of theology to the issue of the relationship between our knowledge of God and our understanding of the created order. Attention will be given to relevant biblical passages and to various discussions of the topic in the history of theology, from Justin Martyr to the Barth, Brunner debate in the twentieth century.

ST 500. Introduction to Doctrine.
ST 501. The Doctrine of Scripture
ST 502. Trinitarianism.
ST 503. Doctrine of God.
ST 504. Christology.
ST 505. Doctrine of the Holy Spirit.
ST 506. Doctrine of Man.
ST 507. Doctrine of Salvation: Soteriology. ������
ST 508. Doctrine of Church.
ST 509. The Doctrine of Eschatology.
ST 610. The Doctrine of the Atonement.
ST 611. The Doctrine of Angel and Satan.
ST 612. The Westminster Confession.
ST 613. The Theology of John Calvin.
ST 614. The Issues Dispensationalism.
ST 715. Contemporary Theology.
ST 716. Roman Catholic Theology.
ST 717. The Doctrine of Sanctification.
ST 818. Theology of the Sacraments.
ST 819. Themes in Puritan Theology.
ST 820. Topics in the Doctrine of Man.
ST 821. Studies in Natural Theology.