TH 205 Sin, Salvation and the Savior
Fall 2005 Fast Track 1
Academic Building Rm *** Tue
Faithful to Evangelical Christianity
The Inward Call: The Life of the Heart
Foster Intellectual and Character Development
Nurture Relationships with God and Others
The Outward Call: The Way of Grace and Freedom
Challenge People to Engage Culture
Serve Christ with Passion
This course contributes to
the student’s overall experience at
“This course explores the Christian understanding of the nature of sin, the nature of salvation, and the saving work of Jesus Christ. The major theories & issues relating to the doctrine of atonement are the primary focus. Attention is also given to the practical applications of these doctrines for the work of ministry.”
By the end of this course you will …
1. have increased your reverent appreciation of the person and work of Christ,
2. have a grasp of the ideas, issues and history of the doctrine of atonement,
3. have closely read and analyzed a classic text on the atonement,
4. be able to intelligently contribute to a discussion concerning the atonement,
5. know, love and enjoy God better by studying his story.
1. Weekly Points: 10 weeks x 30 pts/week = 300 points
Each weekly session you can earn up to 30 points. These points will be given based on assignments, reading, and active participation. The primary means for earning these points will be your reading questions. Each week you are required to e-mail three intelligent questions concerning the assigned reading to the professor. They must be sent no later than the day before class. This will give the professor time to compile to questions to structure the discussion of the text. So keep up and these points can be yours.
2. Reflection Paper Points: 3 reflection papers x 100 points ea = 300 points
Each student is responsible for three one-page reflection papers. One paper must be handed in during each unit. It is up to the student which of the three weeks within each unit he or she wants to turn in the paper. Papers will not be accepted after the unit is completed. These reflection papers may not exceed one page in length. A reflection paper may be written on anything covered during the respective unit (scripture, assigned readings, lectures, discussion, relevant supplementary texts, etc).
3. Exam Points: 1 Exam x 400 pts = 400 points
There will be a final exam worth 400 points on October 18th. It will be comprised primarily of essay questions
300 Weekly Points
300 Paper Points
+ 400 Exam Points
1000 total possible points
1000 – 950 A
949 – 900 A-
899 – 870 B+
869 – 830 B
829 – 800 B-
799 – 770 C+
769 – 730 C
729 – 700 C-
699 – 670 D+
669 – 630 D
629 – 600 D-
599 – 0 F
- St. Athanasius. On The
Aug 9th Introduction & Overview
Unit One – The Prophetic Office of Christ
Aug 16th Sin I: Idolatry
Aug 23rd Savior I: Revealer
Aug 30th Salvation I: Vocation
Unit Two – The Priestly Office of Christ
Sept 6th Sin II: Unrighteousness
Sept 13th Savior II: Reconciler
Sept 20th Salvation II: Justification
Unit Three – The Royal Office of Christ
Sept 27th Sin III: Death
Oct 4th Savior III: Redeemer
Oct 11th Salvation III: Sanctification
Oct 18th Final Exam
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For current hours of operation, you may email the director, Dr. Beverly Busch at email@example.com or call 732-356-1595, ext. 1126; you may also call the library direct at 732-356-1595, ext. 1120; or check the SCC web page (Academics, IRC) as these hours are subject to change throughout the academic year. Blessings to you all as you follow Christ!
In an effort to ensure that students experience the greatest return from their studies at SCC and to maintain a sense of community between and among students and faculty, the following policy about student attendance has been established:
SCC recognizes that extenuating circumstances will necessitate students missing class on occasion. Therefore, students are allowed to miss one block session (unexcused) per three credit-hour course without question and without academic penalty. A block session constitutes one class meeting (2 ½ or 3 ½ hour session) per week.
Unless approval is obtained from the instructor in advance, students missing 2-4 classes will have their letter grade lowered one full letter for every block class missed (e.g. students missing 2 block classes would have his/her grade lowered from A to B; 3 absences would reduce the letter grade from A to C, etc.). Students who accrue more than 4 absences will be assigned a grade of "F" for that course. In all cases, students have the right to appeal. Appeals must be made in writing to the instructor and the Academic Dean.
In all cases, including unexcused absences, students must make up all assignments and tests missed during any absence through arrangement with their instructor(s) in order to receive academic credit.
In case of inclement weather or other emergency conditions, students, staff and faculty should consult the Somerset Christian College website, voice mail, and/or STAR 99.1 for up to date information. Faculty may also organize a phone chain to communicate with students. Call 732-356-1595 or 1-800-234-9305 and press 9, the college information line, for up to date information on class cancellation.
SCC requires that all research papers conform to the style guide as outlined by the MLA (Modern Language Association).
Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. NY: MLA, 2003.
Four important rules to remember in order to avoid plagiarizing something:
*Important note: Documenting sources helps your reader find more information as well as helping you avoid plagiarism.
Gannon, Jack. The Week the World Heard Gallaudet. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press, 1989. (modified BB 1/05).
The grading scale is listed below with the respective grade point values. The unit of credit is defined as one 50 minute session per week for one semester of 15 weeks or the equivalent. Academic standing is defined as the ratio of total grade point values to the total semester hour credits. The 4.0 point system is used to compute the grade point standing. The grading system is as follows:
Grade Point Grade, Num. Score/%
A 4.0 A 95-100
A- 3.7 A- 90-94
B+ 3.3 B+ 87-89
B 3.0 B 83-86
B- 2.7 B- 80-82
C+ 2.3 C+ 77-79
C 2.0 C 73-76
C- 1.7 C- 70-72
D+ 1.3 D+ 67-69
D 1.0 D 63-66
D- 0.7 D- 60-62
F 0.0 F 0-59
The following grades are not counted in the calculation of the GPA (grade point average):
WP Withdrawn Passing
WF Withdrawn Failing
NC No Credit
To remain in good academic standing, a student must maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Transfer credit hours are not counted in calculating academic standing. To graduate a student must complete at least 60 hours of academic credit for the two-year Associates degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all credits attempted at Somerset Christian College.
Because of the significant amount of participatory learning, attendance is assumed and required in all Drury classes. The syllabus clearly shows that there are points at stake in every class session. Thus absences jeopardize not only the student’s learning but also his or her grade. Bottom line: come to class.
Nevertheless, absences are inevitable. The Somerset Christian College attendance policy outlines the penalty for excessive absences (see catalogue and/or above). The following policy supplements the official policy by indicating the protocol for earning “weekly points” in the case of absence.
An absence is considered excused when the student is too sick to come to class or has experienced a death in the family. Other instances will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
To be eligible for make-up work, the student must notify the professor by email (JohnLDrury@gmail.com) or by phone (215-971-5197) by the beginning of the class session to be missed.
In order to receive credit, the student must hand in any missed assignments or take any missed quizzes or tests by the end of the next class session in order to receive credit. It is the student’s responsibility to find out any relevant information, collect class notes, and arrange make-up quizzes or tests in consultation with the professor.
An absence is unexcused in any case that is not illness or death in the family.
To be eligible for make-up work, the student must notify the professor by email (JohnLDrury@gmail.com), by phone (215-971-5197), or in person by the end of the class session previous to the class session to be missed. Otherwise, all weekly points are forfeited.
If the professor is notified
accordingly, the student must send in any assignments by the regular due date
in order to receive credit. Assignments
may be sent in with another student, dropped off at the SCC front desk, or
emailed to the professor. The student is
responsible to inform the professor of his or her method of sending in
assignments. Quizzes and tests must be
taken by the end of the class session following the absence. It is the student’s responsibility to find
out any relevant information, collect class notes, and arrange make-up quizzes
and tests in consultation with the professor.
All of the following works deal with the atonement in detail. The selection is intentionally broad. Thus the views found within are not necessarily endorsed by the professor. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask the professor.
Athanasius, On the Incarnation
Anselm, Cur deus homo
Aulen, Gustav, Christus Victor
Baillie, D. M., God Was In Christ
Balthasar, Hans Urs von, Mysterium Paschale
________, Theo-Drama Vol. IV.
Barth, Karl, Church Dogmatics,
IV/I, 3-357, IV/2, 3-377.
Bonhoefffer, Dietrich, Christ the Center.
Brock, Rita Nakashima, Journeys By Heart
Brunner, Emil, The Christian Doctrine of Creation and Redemption, 271-321.
________, The Mediator, 399-619.
Calvin, John, Institutes lI. xv-xvii.
Gregory of Nyssa, Address on Religious Instruction [Hardy ed., 268-325]
Gunton, Colin, The Actuality of
Harnack, Adolf von, History of Dogma, Vol.I- VII
Hill, Charles and Frank James, eds., The Glory of the Atonement
Irenaeus, Against Heresies
Kelly, J. N .D., Early Christian Doctrines
Lohse, Bernhard, A Short History of Doctrine
Luther, Martin Selected Writings, ed. John Dillenberger
McLeod Campbell, John, The Nature of the Atonement
Moltmann, Jurgen, The Crucified God
Owen, John, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
Pelikan, Jaroslav, The Christian Tradition,
Ruether, Rosemary Radford, Sexism and God-Talk
Ritschl, Albrecht, Justification and Reconciliation, Vol.III
Schleiermacher, Friedrich, The Christian Faith, pp.377-475
Schussler-Fiorenza, Elizabeth, Jesus, Miriam's Child
Seeberg, Reinhold, History of Doctrine
SölIe, Dorothee, Christ the Representative
Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae 3a.I-59 (Blackfriars ed. Vols.48-55)
Tillich, Paul, Systematic Theology, Vol.2
Torrance, T. F., The Trinitarian Faith
________, The Mediation of Christ
Turretin, Francis, The Doctrine of the Atonement
Weaver, J. Denny, The Nonviolent Atonement
Wesley, John, Sermons
Aug 9th – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/30
Aug 16th – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/60
Aug 23rd – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/90
Aug 30th – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/120
_____/100 Unit One Reflection Paper Total = _____/220
Sept 6th – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/250
Sept 13th – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/280
Sept 20th – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/310
_____/100 Unit Two Reflection Paper Total = _____/410
Sept 27th – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/440
Oct 4th – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/470
Oct 11th – _____/30 Weekly Points Total = _____/500
_____/100 Unit Three Reflection Paper Total = _____/600
Oct 18th – _____/400 Final Exam Total = _____/1000