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COURSE SYLLABUS SPRING 2016

TH-568 Soteriology (3 Credit Hours)

COURSE DESCRIPTION
A study of the doctrine of salvation with special attention given to the work of Christ, the nature
and extent of the atonement, the terms of salvation, election and human responsibility, and the
eternal security of the believer.

CLASS LOCATION
3705 College Park Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77384.

CLASS DAY/TIME
Saturday 10:30-12:00 noon, Modules 3-4, Spring 2016

INSTRUCTOR’S CONTACT INFORMATION


David Anderson, Ph.D.
Office Location: Woodlands Main Campus
Office Hours: Appointment only—call GSOT

PREREQUISITES
None

REQUIRED RESOURCE PURCHASES


1. Anderson, David R. Free Grace Soteriology, Xulon Publishing, 2010

2. Hodges, Zane. Absolutely Free. Grand Rapids: Academie Books, Zondervan, 1989.

3. MacArthur, John. The Gospel According to Jesus. 2d ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1993.

4. Piper, John. Desiring God, Multnomah Publishers, 2003.

5. Ryrie, Charles C. So Great Salvation. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1989.

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6. Turabian, Kate L. Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 8th ed.,
Revised by Wayne C. Booth, et al. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.
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ADDITIONAL MATERIALS FOR LEARNING
 Computer with basic audio and video equipment
 Internet access (broadband highly recommended)
 Microsoft Word

Course Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:
Course Learning Outcomes Assessment Instruments
This course contributes to the accomplishment of the graduate Program The means for evaluating success
Learning Outcomes (PLO) by enabling students to: in achieving these objectives are:

 Reading
1. Articulate an informed and coherent biblical theological  Research Paper
method. (PLO 2, 3)  Quizzes and Exam
 Discussion Board
2. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various  Optional Assignments
theological systems as they relate to soteriology. (PLO 2)
3. Explain the impact of sin on creation. (PLO 2)
4. Understand the relationship between the work of Christ
and the salvation of man. (PLO 3)

5. Recognize the impact of theology on one’s personal life.


(PLO 4)
6. Appreciate the relationship between one’s theology and
a biblical worldview. (PLO 2)
7. Identify the biblical essentials of the Gospel message.
(PLO 2, 3)
8. Identify various postmodern influences on the Gospel
message. (PLO 2, 4)
9. Define the nature of saving faith. (PLO 2)
10. Understand the differences between Free Grace
salvation and Lordship salvation. (PLO 2, 3)
11. Articulate the weaknesses of Reformed soteriology.
(PLO2, 3)

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COURSE REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS

Reading (20%)
All students will be required to read the class notes (…and watch videos if taking the class
online) and assigned readings in their entirety. Additional readings are STRONGLY
recommended (see attached bibliography), with flexibility allowed for students of varying
backgrounds.

Discussion Board Forums (30%)


The student must participate in six discussion board forums. Most forums will be completed in two
parts: the student will post a thread in answer to the question posed (~500 words) and post a reply
to one other classmate’s thread (~100 words). The thread is due on Thursday at 11.59 pm (CT)
and the reply to one other student’s work is due on Sunday at 11.59 pm (CT) of the same week.

Quizzes (20%)
The student must complete four sectional quizzes and one final exam during the course. The
quizzes should be taken after each section is completed, and the final exam taken after all
sections (i.e. when all lessons) have been completed. These assessments are open book/notes;
however, they are timed. Preparation and study are essential.

Final Exam (10%)


Students will complete a final comprehensive exam in this course comprising of 50 objective-
style questions each worth 2 points. The exam is open book open notes and has a two-hour time
limit. If you go beyond the time limit, your grade will reduce proportionately. This exam must
be completed in one sitting.

Optional Assignments (20%)


In addition to above assignments, the student is free to choose among several other assignments
in order to complete his or her work for the course. Any combination of these options will be
acceptable.

1. Additional Reading (10 points per 200 pages / 15 points per 200 pages on selected titles)
As noted above, specific readings will be required for the course. The student may
choose to do additional reading in the area of Soteriology in order to obtain additional
credit. After completing the reading & the student must submit a written report which
lists the books or articles and the number of pages read, along with a brief (one paragraph
per book or article) comment on the contribution of the book or article to the student's
study in this course. This report will be understood to affirm that the student read the
material carefully and critically, and 10 points will be awarded for each 200 pages read.
For a few selected titles on the recommended reading list (marked with an asterisk on the
list at the end of this syllabus), 15 points will be awarded for each 200 pages read. These
books are a little more difficult than most of the others, but are certainly worth the effort.
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NOTE:

1. You can read as many pages as you like, but this should not be regarded as an
opportunity to practice your skills at speed-reading!!

2. You may NOT receive credit for books read for other classes.

3. You MAY receive credit for books read in the preparation of a research paper.

4. You are strongly encouraged (but not required) to begin with the books suggested on
the bibliography. Other selections must pertain to Soteriology. Most of the suggested
books will be on reserve in the library. If others are available only through purchase,
remember that it is better to spend your money on a good book than to waste your
time on a bad one.

The reading report must be submitted by May 9th.

2. Research Paper (up to 2 points per page)


The student may choose to write a research paper on any topic related to Soteriology.
The paper may be as long or as short as the student wishes to make it, but a general guide
is that up to 2 points may be awarded per page (excluding title page, bibliography, etc.).
For example, a 10-page paper may be worth up to 20 points, a 20 page paper up to 40
points, etc. These points are not guaranteed criteria for grading will include depth of
research, amount of apparent effort, accuracy and completeness in argumentation and
conclusions, clarity of expression, and neatness in presentation-You can expect extensive
comments on your papers.

This assignment will be particularly advantageous to the student who desires to explore
an issue relative to the course under the supervision of the professor.

The due date for this paper is May 9th.

3. Curriculum Project (up to 20 points)


The student may develop a course in Soteriology. This may be particularly beneficial to
those who are involved in active ministry, for your materials may be directly suited to
your own ministry needs. The project should make use of class notes, textbooks, other
readings, and any other information you may wish to include. However, it must be your
own arrangement of the materials in your own words.

Up to 25 points may be awarded for this assignment, which will be evaluated on the same
basis described above under option 3, with the additional requirement that the curriculum
be appropriate for the target audience. The student is encouraged to include audiovisual
aids, but these are not required.
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The due date for this project is May 9th.

4. Thought Journal (up to 2 points per entry)


Thought journals are an excellent way to force oneself to ponder issues and interact with
ideas over time. In this assignment option, the student will complete an indefinite
number of journal entries throughout the 8 weeks of the course. Each entry will consist
of a single page (preferably typed), and should meet several criteria:

Each journal entry should deal with a topic relevant to the class, should
demonstrate personal interaction with the issues involved, and should demonstrate
depth of thinking and clarity of expression.

Beyond these criteria, the student is encouraged to exercise creativity in writing


the journals. Some entries may critically analyze an issue from class discussion
or from the notes. Others may consist of book reviews or even film reviews that
are relevant to the course. We have had students write poetry, and others have
submitted CD’s of songs that they have written in response to course content.
Use of outside sources is not required, but is strongly encouraged for at least some
of the journal entries.

Though this project is not due until May 9th. the student is encouraged to submit
these journal entries throughout the 8 weeks instead of attempting to complete
several at the end of the course. This encourages the development one's thinking
throughout the course and enables us to interact with one another to the highest
degree.

Up to two points will be awarded for each journal entry.

5. Creedal Statement (up to 20 points)


With this option, the student will produce a personal creed focused on Soteriology issues.
In other words, one can use this as an opportunity to describe in precise language aspects
of salvation/soteriology, not the two natures of Christ (Christology). This statement will
be followed by a detailed explanation and defense. The total project should not exceed
20 pages, and the due date is May 9th.

6. Sermon Project (up to 5 points per sermon, no more than 5 sermons)


With this option, the student will produce a sermons focused on Soteriology issues. In
other words, one can use this as an opportunity to preach about the nature of the Church
or of Christ’s humanity, but not of salvation/soteriology. These sermons need to be full
transcripts of a 20-30 minute sermon, and they need to include an introductory paragraph
with a description of the target audience (Senior Adults, Young Adults, Youth, etc.).
Each sermon transcript should not exceed 5 pages, and the due date is May 9th.

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COURSE GRADING & POLICY

Reading 200 points


Discussion Board 100
Research Paper 250
Quizzes 150
Final Exam 100
Optional Assignments 200

Total point possible 1000 points

The final grade is calculated as a weighted average. That is, one point on any of the items noted
in the paragraph above is worth as much as one point on any other item. The total points are
tallied and then the percentage grade is figured based on the total points possible.

COURSE SCHEDULE

Week Session Content Assignment Due


1  Orientation; study of sōzō, sōtēria,  Refer to the Course Requirements
Part 1

2  The Sinfulness of Humanity 


3  The OT Hope of Salvation 


4  The Cross of Jesus Christ and 


Justification 

5  The Order of Salvation. Repentance 


6  Mid-Term Exam; Faith 


7  Eternal Security 

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Week Session Content Assignment Due

8  Assurance

9  Regeneration 

10  Lordship Salvation 

11  Infant Salvation and The Heathen


12  Divine Sovereignty and Human 


Responsibility
13  Universalism 

14  Inclusivism 

15  Augustine and Five Point 


Calvinism
16  Final Exam; Double Predestination 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Grace School of Theology believes classroom interaction between the professor and students is a
vital part of training. Absence from two class sessions during a 15-week course or one class
session during an 8-week course may result in a grade reduction for the course. Absence from
more than two class sessions during a 15-week course or one class session during an 8-week
course will result in failure of the course. Exceptions to this may be granted via General Petition.

Students who enroll in online only courses, or in courses using synchronous or archived video as
part of the course delivery system demonstrate weekly attendance by their participation in group
discussions, completing online requirements, and by submitting assignments on time as required
in the course syllabus. The professor determines attendance and is responsible for reporting
attendance to the Registrar on a weekly basis.
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ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Any student proven to have committed a type of academic dishonesty such as plagiarism or
falsifying information will receive an "F" for the course and will receive an academic warning. If
the student is proven to have been guilty a second time, he or she will be dismissed from the
program. See Student Handbook for further detail on this policy.

LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY

No late assignment will be accepted for the sake of fairness to the students and the professors
who will have their assignments already reviewed and in most cases discussed in class based on
their due dates. The only exception to this policy will be made for students who are under
extenuating circumstances beyond their control. When extreme circumstances occur, students are
responsible to contact the professor to make alternate arrangements at his or her discretion.

EXPLANATION OF LETTER SYMBOLS


A= Work of exceptional quality.
B= Work of commendable quality. Commendable means praiseworthy.
C= Work of an acceptable but not distinguished quality. Such work is
deemed a satisfactory and adequate completion of the course
objectives.

LETTER AND NUMERICAL GRADE SCALE

A + 99-100 B+ 91-93 C+ 83-85 D+ 75-77 F 0-77 I INCOMPLETE AUD AUDIT


A 96-98 B 88-90 C 80-82 D 72-74 WP* IP CLASS IN PROGRESS
A- 94-95 B- 86-87 C- 78-79 D- 70-71 WF** F/A FAILURE TO ATTEND
* Withdrawal during the first nine weeks of a 16-week course or first five weeks of an 8-week course.
** Withdrawal after the first nine weeks of a 16-week course or first five weeks of an 8-week course.

DISABILITY DISCLOSURE
GSOT does not discriminate students on the basis of disability in the operation of in-classroom
courses as well as on-line courses. The student is responsible for informing the Student Services
Department his or her condition of disability in order to accommodate their special need.

COURSE MATERIALS
Any instructional materials such as the instructor’s video lectures, course notes, and Power Point
slides that are made available for the student either in classroom or online must not be shared
with any individual or group of people outside the class. They must not be posted on the web or
published in any fashion without a written permission from the professor.

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SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bass, Christopher. That You May Know: Assurance of Salvation in 1 John.


Nashville: B & H, 2008.

Carson, D. A. The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. Wheaton: Crossway, 2000.

Demarest, Bruce. The Cross and Salvation: The Doctrine of Salvation.


Wheaton: Crossway, 1997.

Beilby, James, Paul R. Eddy, eds. The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views. Downers Grove:
InterVarsity, 2006.

Carson, D. A. The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. Wheaton: Crossway, 2000.

__________. Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility: Biblical Perspectives in Tension.


Atlanta: John Knox, 1981.

__________. The Gagging of God: Christianity Confronts Plutalism.


Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.

Chafer, Lewis Sperry. Systematic Theology, Vol. 3: Soteriology. Dallas: Dallas Seminary Press,
1947; Also, vol. 2 in Kregel’s four-volume set.

Charnock, Stephen. Christ Crucified: A Puritan’s View. Reprint ed. Fearn, Scotland: Christian
Focus, 1996.

Christensen, Michael, and Jeffrey Wittung, eds. Partakers of the Divine Nature: The History and
Development of Deification in the Christian Traditions. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007.

Collins, Kenneth. The Scripture Way of Salvation: The Heart of John Wesley’s Theology.
Nashville: Abingdon, 1997.

Copan, Paul, and Ronald Tacelli, eds. Jesus’ Resurrection: Fact or Figment? A Debate Between
William Lane Craig and Gerd Lüdemann. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2000.

Cousar, Charles. A Theology of the Cross: The Death of Jesus in the Pauline Letters.
Minneapolis: Fortress, 1990.

Coward, Howard, ed. Life and Death in World Religions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998.

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Crockett, William, and James Sigountos, eds. Through No Fault of Their Own? The Fate of
Those Who Have Never Heard. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992.

Dabney, Robert. Christ our Penal Substitute. Richmond: Presbyterian, 1898.

Driscoll, Mark, and Gerry Breshears. Death by Love: Letters from the Cross. Wheaton:
Crossway, 2008.

Edwards, James. Is Jesus the Only Savior? Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Edwards, Jonathan. A History of the Work of Redemption. New ed. Carlisle: Banner of Truth
Trust. 2003.

Erickson, Millard. Does It Matter That I’m Saved? What the Bible Teaches about Salvation.
Grand Rapids: Baker, 1996.

Fuller, Daniel. Gospel and Law: Contrast or Continuum? Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1980.

Green, Joel, and Mark Baker. Recovering the Scandal of the Cross: Atonement in the New
Testament and Contemporary Contextx. Downers Grove: Inter-Varsity, 2000.

Gunton, Colin. The Actuality of Atonement. Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1988.

Harris, Murray. Raised Immortal: Resurrection and Immortality in the New Testament. Grand
Rapids: Eerdmans, 1983.

Hodge, Charles. Justification by Faith Alone. Reprint ed. Hobbs, NM: Trinity Foundation, 1995.

Horton, Michael. For Calvinism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011. The counterpoint for this
book is by Olson below.

Käkkäinen, Veli-Matti. One with God: Salvation as Deification and Justification. Collegeville,
MN: Unitas/Liturgical Press, 2004.

Lightner, Robert. Sin, the Savior, and Salvation: The Theology of Everlasting Life. New ed.
Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1996.

McGrath, Alister. The Mystery of the Cross. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1992.

Morgan, Christopher, and Robert Peterson, eds. Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to
Inclusivism. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2008.

Morris, Leon. The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross. Reprint ed. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972.

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Okholm, Dennis, and Timothy Phillips, eds. Four Views or Salvation in a Pluralistic World
[John Hick, Clark Pinnock, Alister McGrath, Douglas Geivett, Gary Phillips]. Grand
Rapids: Zondervan, 1996.

Olson, Roger. Against Calvinism. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011.

Owen, John. The Death of Death in the Death of Christ. Reprint ed. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth
Trust, 1995.

Peterson, Robert, Election and Free Will: God’s Gracious Choice and Our Responsibility.
Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 2007.

Ryrie, Charles. So Great Salvation: What It Means to Believe in Jesus Christ. 2d ed. Chicago:
Moody, 1997.

Sauer, Erich. The Triumph of the Crucified: A Survey of the History of Salvation in the New
Testament. Trans. G. H. Lang. Grand Rapids:
Eerdmans, 1951.

Stackhouse, John, ed. What Does It Mean to Be Saved? Broadcasting Evangelical Horizons of
Salvation. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002.

Stott, John. The Cross of Christ. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 1986

VanGemeren, Willem. The Progress of Redemption: The Story of Salvation from Creation to the
New Jerusalem. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1988.

Walls, Jerry, and Joseph Dongell. Why I Am Not a Calvinist. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, 2004.

Warfield, B. B. The Person and Work of Christ. Ed. by Samuel Craig. Philadelphia: Presbyterian
and Reformed, 1970.

Waters, Guy Prentiss. Justification and the New Perspective on Paul: A Review and Response.
Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R, 2004.

Wright, Christopher. Salvation Belongs to Our God: Celebrating the Bible’s Central Story.
Downers Grove: Inter-Varsity, 2008.

Wright, N. T. The Resurrection of the Son of God. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2003.

Yancey, Philip. What’s So Amazing about Grace? Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997.

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