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Syllabus. 2016 Spring. THE 243 A VF X, Theology 1. 3 Credits. Bruce R Marino.

 

Our course banner: Superimposed over a picture of the earth taken from space is the rose (in the architectural sense) window from the Rose Library of Drew University (my alma mater). In the center is a depiction of Theology surrounded by the academic disciplines. It is a beautiful reminder that the world only makes sense and finds meaning when understood from God’s perspective.

Welcome to Theology 1! Theology is the exploration of God, the Universe(s), and their relations or, the study of just about everything. In Theology 1 we'll be exploring the nature of theology, the defense of the faith, Scripture, God, the spirit world, and physical creation. ASAP: Review this syllabus, view the Welcome Video at the bottom of our website Syllabus page, and call me with any questions: 484 802 4807. I’m here to help. Blessings! BRM 

 

CONTENTS 

Faculty   Description   Objectives   Textbooks

Grading Scale   Assignments   Schedule, Readings, Etc

Important Notes   Bibliography 

 

 

FACULTY AND STAFF 

Professor Bruce R Marino, PhD.

Office 219 Tucker (Faculty) Hall. Hours: See our class website and by appointment.

Voice/Text 484 802 4807. Fax: 610 917 1449. Email: brrmarino@valleyforge.edu.

Assistant Ms. Denise Howland, Voice/Fax: 610 917 3911. Email: dahowland@valleyforge.edu.

Technology Help Voice: 610 917 2000. Tickets: https://support.valleyforge.edu/portal.

 

 

DESCRIPTION 

A study of the introduction to theology and the defense of the faith; and the doctrines of the Bible and revelation, God, creation, and angels (technically: Prolegomena, Apologetics, Bibliology, Theology Proper, Cosmology, and Angelology). Special attention is given to Assemblies of God issues. Prerequisites: OT 123 and NT113

 

 

COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES 

Consistent with UVF’s

  • Mission “to prepare individuals for a life [sic] of service and leadership;”
  • Emphasis on Luke 2:52’s spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical domains;
  • Commitment to information literacy:

We educate the whole person, so that upon completing this course:

  • In the Cognitive or “thinking” domain - the student shall:
    • Recall, define, apply, and analyze course concepts. Assessed by Quizzes and Final Exam assignments.
    • Recall, define, apply, analyze, and evaluate course concepts. Assessed by Discussions, Brief Essays, and Essay or PowerPoint assignments.
    • Assess the class. Assessed by Class Evaluations assignments.
  • In the Affective or “feeling” domain - the student shall:
    • Be aware of, respond to, and value others' thoughts and feelings.
    • Develop their own values in relation to various cultures, races, and/or spiritualities.
    • Assessed by: Discussions, Assignment Preps, and Interview assignments.

 

 

TEXTBOOKS, ETC 

Use UVF’s online eCampus bookstore: https://www.ecampus.com/fast/default.asp. Note that our tests are open book when choosing paper or electronic texts. See Amazon.com for electronic texts not on eCampus. Financial aid for textbooks may require you to use Campus.

  • Assemblies of God. “Position Papers.” Free online: http://ag.org/top/beliefs/Position_Papers/index.cfm.
  • Enns, Paul P. The Moody Handbook of Theology. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 2008. ISBN: 9780802411983
  • Horton, Stanley M., ed. Systematic Theology, A Pentecostal Perspective, rev. Springfield, MO: Logion Press, 1994. Print.
  • Marino, Bruce R.  A Theology 1 Enchiridion. Phoenixville, PA: UVF, 19460. ISBN: 8780000100291. These notes are purchased as regular textbooks from eCampus. I then email them to you in electronic form.

 

 

GRADING SCALE We use a 1,000 point scale:

<600=F. 600=D-. 630=D. 670=D+. 700=C-. 730=C. 770=C+. 800=B-. 830=B. 870=B+. 900=A-. 930=A. 970=A+.

 

ASSIGNMENTS 

Overview We have 7 Units: 6 of instruction and 1 for the final essay or PowerPoint and exam.

  • Below are our Assignments, the Unit(s) in which they are due, their Point values, Purpose, Instructions, and Rubrics or grading criteria.
  • Average students should plan to spend about 15 hours per Unit including spreading your essay/PowerPoint and final exam study over all 7 Units.
  • Submit work in Word or PowerPoint compatible formats.
  • There are important study helps on our website.
  • DUE DATES ARE ON OUR WEBSITE COURSEWORK PAGE.

 

Discussions Due in Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Points: 30 per Discussion x 6 = 180.

  • Purpose To learn each Unit’s material and get to know and support your classmates.
  • Instructions For each Unit:
    • Study the assigned material in the SCHEDULE, below.
    • Post 250 words with two citations on what you think is most interesting and why. Cite at least two works.
    • Then make responses to two other student Posts. If there are not two other Posts, make one or two responses to your own Post, as appropriate.
    • Follow the rubric.

RUBRIC CRITERIA Points: 10 Each, 30 Total

A 30-27 pt

B 26-24 pt

C 23-21 pt

D 20-18 pt

F 17-0 pt

Post Topic *Important. *Deep. *Detailed. *Thorough.

4 *s are good

3 *s are good

2 *s are good

1 *s are good

0 *s are good

2+ Scholarly Citations, Works Cited on the person’s culture or beliefs

0-1 errors

2-3 errors

4-5 errors

6-7 errors

8+ errors

2 Replies *Refers to others’ Posts. *Describes. *Evaluates. *Encourages.

4 *s are good

3 *s are good

2 *s are good

1 *s are good

0 *s are good

 

Quizzes Due in Units 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Points: 30 per Quiz x 6 = 180.

  • Purpose To help you learn material from each Unit and prepare for the Exam.
  • Instructions
    • They are based on the Unit’s material in the Schedule, below.
    • It is open book, note, and web. It has 10, one minute, multiple choice questions.

 

Assignment Preps Due in Units 1, 4. Points: 30 per Prep x 2 = 60.

RUBRIC CRITERIA Points: 15 Each, 30 Total

A 30-27 pt

B 26-24 pt

C 23-21 pt

D 20-18 pt

F 17-0 pt

Post *Website reviews. Your: *Concerns. *Strengths. *Plans.

4 *s are good

3 *s are good

2 *s are good

1 *s are good

0 *s are good

2 Replies *Refers to others’ Posts. *Describes. *Evaluates. *Encourages.

4 *s are good

3 *s are good

2 *s are good

1 *s are good

0 *s are good

 

Interviews Due in Units 3, 5. Points: 40 per Interview x 2 = 80.

  • Purpose To understand a course issue and persons different from you.
  • Instructions Unit 3 Brief Essay
    • Research, then discuss the idea that Christianity is based on a God that comes from ethnic Judaism with someone of a different race.
    • Write a 500+ word essay on their culture and reaction and your learnings and feelings.
    • Follow the rubric.
  • Instructions Unit 5 Brief Essay

RUBRIC CRITERIA Points: 20 Each, 80 Total

A 30-27 pt

B 26-24 pt

C 23-21 pt

D 20-18 pt

F 17-0 pt

WORDS

450

400

350

300

300

Descriptions Their: *Culture or spirituality, *Reaction. Your: *Learning, *Feelings.

4 * are good

3 *s are good

2 *s are good

1 *s are good

0 *s are good

Style scholarly.

0-1 errors

2-3 errors

4-5 errors

6-7 errors

8+ errors

2+ Scholarly Citations, Works Cited

0-1 errors

2-3 errors

4-5 errors

6-7 errors

8+ errors

 

Class Surveys Due in Units 2, 6. Points: 20 per Survey x 2 = 40.

  • Purpose To improve this class for you and future students.
  • Instructions Units 2 and 6 Class Surveys
    • Open the Survey on our website and click the link to go to the survey.
    • Toward the end of the survey, you will find a code that you can use to answer the question and receive credit.

 

Essay or PowerPoint Due in Unit 7. Points: 180.

  • Purpose To help you research and think deeply about a controversial Class topic.
  • Instructions
    • Create a 2,000+ word, controversial essay OR 20+ slide PowerPoint®.
    • Follow the rubric:

RUBRIC CRITERIA Points: 30 Each, 180 Total

A 30-27 pt

B 26-24 pt

C 23-21 pt

D 20-18 pt

F 17-0 pt

2000 Words / 20 Slides

1800 /18

1600 / 16

1400 / 14

1200 / 12

1200 / 12

Thesis *Title *Controversial *Clear *Provable

4 *s are good

3 *s are good

2 *s are good

1 *s are good

0 *s are good

Structure *Intro *Organized *Transitions *Conclusion

4 *s are good

3 *s are good

2 *s are good

1 *s are good

0 *s are good

Analysis *3+ Arguments *Support *Logic *Fairness

4 *s are good

3 *s are good

2 *s are good

1 *s are good

0 *s are good

Style scholarly & if PPt: graphics

0-1 errors

2-3 errors

4-5 errors

6-7 errors

8+ errors

8+ Scholarly Citations, Works Cited

0-1 errors

2-3 errors

4-5 errors

6-7 errors

8+ errors

 

Final Exam Due in Unit 7. Points: 180.

  • Purpose To help you learn the study materials from the entire course.
  • Instructions
    • It is based on all the material in the Schedule, below. It uses the Quizzes question bank.
    • It is open book, note, and web. It has 60, one minute, multiple choice questions.

 

 

SCHEDULE, READINGS, ETC 

Any material at the bottom of our website Syllabus page for this Unit.

  • Submit: Discussion Post. Discussion Replies. Quiz. Class Survey 1.
  • Unit 3: Bibliology 1, The Study of Scripture.
  • Unit 4: Theology Proper, The Study of God.
    • Study ahead of time: Enns, Handbook: Ch 19 “Theology Proper.” Horton, Systematic Theology: Ch 4 “The One True God.” Ch 5 “The Holy Trinity.” Marino, Enchiridion: “Theology Proper.” Any material at the bottom of our website Syllabus page for this Unit.
    • Submit: Discussion Post. Discussion Replies. Quiz. Assignment Prep 2.
  • Unit 5: Angelology, The Study of the Spiritual World.
  • Unit 6: Cosmology, The Study of Creation.
    • Study ahead of time: AG Position Papers: AG Position Papers: “Creationhttp://ag.org/top/Beliefs/Position_Papers/pp_downloads/PP_The_Doctrine_of_Creation.pdf. Horton, Systematic Theology: Ch 7 up to page 235 where the section on Anthropology begins: “The Creation of the Universe and Humankind.”  Marino Enchiridion: “Cosmology.” Any material at the bottom of our website Syllabus page for this Unit.
    • Submit: Discussion Post. Discussion Replies. Quiz. Class Survey 2.
  • Unit 7: Essay or PowerPoint and Final Exam.
    • Submit: Essay or PowerPoint. Final Exam.

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTES 

 

Questions, Concerns, Etc? Please email or call the professor ASAP!

 

Academic Honesty By taking this class you pledge: I know honesty is a Christian and an academic good and I can fail assignments, classes, or be expelled if I: Submit the same work in different classes. Falsify information, attendance, etc. Plagiarize (use) another’s (student, Internet, book, etc.) idea without giving the source (citation) OR use another’s words (3 or more in a row) without quotes and a citation. Cheat on anything. Help another in dishonesty. Lie about this.

 

Etiquette and Netiquette In class etiquette and online “netiquette” make for a great experience!

  • Avoid rudeness, vulgarity, bias, sexism, racism, libel, “txt speak," shouting verbally or TYPING IN CAPS, unnecessary quotes, personal chats on discussion boards, etc.
  • Act Christianly think first, be prayerful, biblical, patient, polite, appropriately humorous, affirming (“Well done!”). Value everyone’s culture, experience, ethnicity, faith, knowledge, perspective, etc. Use good English and thoughtfully question, debate, critique, and encourage and inspire.
  • Ask the instructor if you need help with others (Matthew 18:15-17).

 

Instructional Methods You will attend to and/or engage in: critique, debate, discussion, documentation, email, essays, groups, instructions, interviews, lectures, media, memorization, notes, presentations, questions, reading, reflection, research, testing, websites, and writing.

 

Learning Helps Always feel free to email or call the professor and check:

  • The Bibliography at the end of this syllabus.
  • Our Class Website that has many additional helps.
  • Our UVF Library Check the online “LibGuides” with over 250,000 online texts, and more at https://my.valleyforge.edu/ICS/Library_Resources/ and call our helpful staff: 601 917 2001.

 

Extensions and Submission Problems

  • Extensions require a medical or family emergency and an email with description of the issue, date and times involved, and attached images of any documentation.
  • Submission problems IMMEDIATELY: email your work AND call me: 484 802 4807.

 

Technology Help: 610 917 2000 or https://support.valleyforge.edu/portal. We recommend:

 

Disabilities UVF’s policy is to provide students with documented disabilities reasonable accommodations under all federal (Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, etc.), state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Office of Disabilities disabilityservices@valleyforge.edu with documentation as soon as possible. Accommodations are not retroactive.

 

Honors ASAP: Contact the Professor to take the Honors version of this class.

 

This Syllabus is for general guidance only, not binding in any way, and may change without notice.

 

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY Below are basic, web resources. They reflect a variety of views (not always UVF’s). Use wisely. On campus students should access hardcopies in the UVF Library.

*First: Sign into myValleyForge and start with our UVF Library’s Church Ministries LibGuide. Web. 24 Dec. 2015. http://libguides.valleyforge.edu/churchministries.

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