Master of Arts in Theological Studies – UNW

University of Northwestern – St. Paul accepts transfer credits from Christian University GlobalNet (CUGN) into their fully online, accredited associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs. Their mission is to “provide Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community and world.”

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Core 3: Directed-Study

Course Description

Spiritual and ethical formation is a topic of discussion in many circles. We all long for intimacy with God, but how is spiritual growth and maturity developed? What are the dynamics in which God most often works in the heart of believers to make them like his Son, Jesus Christ? In this seminar, Richard Averbeck and James Grier address these and other questions in order to lay a biblical, theological foundation for proper Christian thought. In addition, they identify and describe specific practices that the listener can apply immediately to his/her life of faith.

Credits

2 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Richard E. Averbeck, Ph.D. and James Grier, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

What is spirituality? How is it formed in private and in community? This course explores the meaning of Biblical Christianity and its relation to faith and practice within contemporary cultural contexts, giving special attention to the corporate dimensions of spirituality and spiritual formation as defined in the New Testament. The lectures analyze and discuss those historical and cultural factors that have led to the privatization of Christianity, and develop a paradigm of spiritual growth and maturity that focuses on the assembly rather than the individual.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John R. Lillis, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

With the contemporary interest in spirituality, it is imperative that the Church establish a comprehensive theology of Christian spirituality that can inform the life and witness of Christian believers. This course presents such a theology of spirituality: a theology that is biblical, practical, and contemporary, accounting for and enabling spiritual formation and nurture in a post-modern, pluralistic, materialistic society. In addition, the course provides a theological foundation for a life of prayer that will empower and sustain the believer in life and ministry.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Gordon T. Smith, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

As ambassadors for Christ and the Gospel, we must understand the true nature of man and the magnitude of his sin. This course presents a critical and historical overview of positions regarding the nature of mankind: both as the image of God and as corrupted by sin. The course presents a distinct Reformed anthropology coupled with a fair treatment of differing views and objections. Important and controversial questions regarding the origin of evil, the nature of man, and the effects of sin on humanity are all considered, allowing students to draw informed conclusions on these and other key issues.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Roger R. Nicole, Ph.D., Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Post-Modernism is having a profound influence on the Church, from within and without. Changing ideas about the source and nature of truth are affecting Christians’ lives and ministry. In this course, learners examine current trends in contemporary theology, and how these trends arose. The course focuses on the theologies that were prevalent in the 1960’s, including Theology of Hope, Liberation Theology, Feminist Theology, Process Theology, New Age Theology, and four forms of Post-modern Theology. Students are encouraged to draw from the course content so as to relate and communicate better to their post-modern world.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

John S. Feinberg, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

Liberation theology has sought to liberate the disenfranchised from poverty, oppression, and social injustice – but at what price? This course addresses the historical and thematic development of liberation theologies in the social and religious context of Latin America. The course covers the various denominational roots, as well as the various methodologies that those denominations utilize. Dr. Mulholland presents a systematic theology of liberation, analyzing its relation to the areas of soteriology, Christology, and ecclesiology.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Kenneth B. Mulholland, Th.D.

Syllabus

Course Description

With the broad expansion of Christianity in Africa, the African Church and African theology should be understood by us all. This course examines Christian theological formation in Africa against the background of African cultures and religions, and in light of its contemporary context. Also considered are how to study and understand Africa, and the factors that led to the debate on Christian theologizing in Africa. Throughout the course, descriptions and analyses of African religions are provided.

Credits

3 Credits

Course Duration

6 Months

Professor

Tite Tiénou, Ph.D.

Syllabus

Kenneth B. Mulholland, DTheo

Education: Fuller Theological Seminary, ThD Lancaster Theological Seminary, BD Elmhurst College, BA   Teaching Career: Dean, Columbia Biblical Seminary and School of Missions at Columbia International University (1988-2001) Director of Missionary Church Planting, Columbia International University Professor of Missions and Ministry Studies, Columbia International University (1980-2003) Adjunct Professor, Columbia International University (1970s) Visiting professor, Dallas Theological Seminary, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Fuller Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the Graduate College of Missions in Korntal, Germany,…

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Glenn Smith, DMin

Education: Union des Universities Privées d’Haïti, DHon Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, DMin Université d’Ottawa, BA and MA University of Michigan, BA   Teaching Career: Professor of Urban Ministry and Patristic Studies, Faculté Théologique Évangélique in Montreal (1984-2004) Part-time professor of Urban Ministry and Spirituality, École de Théologie Évangélique de Montréal (1984–2007) Professor, Institut de Théologie pour la Francophonie Instructor, Farel Institute in Québec, McGill University, Bakke Graduate University, and the Institut des Études Bibliques in…

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Haddon W. Robinson, PhD (1931-2017)

Education: University of Illinois, PhD Southern Methodist University, MA Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM   Teaching Career: Harold John Ockenga Distinguished Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Senior Director of the Doctor of Ministry program and Interim President, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary President, Denver Seminary Professor of Homiletics, Dallas Theological Seminary Professor of Speech, University of Illinois Teacher, preacher, and lecturer at churches and campuses on six continents   Other Career Highlights: Known worldwide as a phenomenal…

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John R. Lillis, PhD

Education: Michigan State University, PhD Grand Rapids Baptist Seminary, MDiv Air Force Institute of Technology, MS University of Kentucky, BS   Teaching Career: Provost, Grace College and Seminary Dean and Executive Officer, Bethel Seminary Multiple positions at Cornerstone University, including: Provost and Executive Vice President Taught Christian education and spiritual formation at the university’s seminary Dean and Director of Continuing Education, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary (GRTS), the graduate seminary of Cornerstone University (1990s) Professor of…

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Roger R. Nicole, PhD, ThD (1915-2010)

Education: Wheaton College, DD Harvard University, PhD Gordon Divinity, STM and ThD Paris-Sorbonne University in Paris, France, MA Gordon Divinity, BD Gymnasie Classique in Lausanne, Switzerland, AB   Teaching Career: Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary Bedrock of Systematic and Christian Theology for Gordon and later Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (1945-1986), where he solidified his reputation as one of the leading Christian teachers, writers, and scholars in the world Taught and preached at the finest institutes…

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Roger S. Greenway, ThD (1934-2016)

Education: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, ThD Calvin Theological Seminary, BD and ThM Calvin College, BA   Teaching Career: Named Missionary in Residence and Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School Missionary in Residence, Calvin College Dean of Students, Calvin College Professor of World Missiology, Calvin College Professor, Westminster Seminary (1982-1986) Courses taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Fuller Theological Seminary Lecturer at various schools and institutions throughout North, Central, and South America; active at schools…

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John R. W. Stott, DD (1921-2011)

Education: Multiple honorary doctorates from British, Canadian, and American universities Lambeth, DD Ridley Hall Theological College at Cambridge, MA equivalent Rugby School and Trinity College Cambridge, double first (BA equivalent) in French and Theology   Career Highlights: Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church in London—served there for more than 60 years Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II Knighted as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire President, Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion Chairman,…

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William D. Taylor, PhD

Education: University of Texas, PhD Dallas Theological Seminary, ThM North Texas State University, BA Diploma in Missions, Moody Bible Institute   Teaching Career: Professor, Central American Theological Seminary (1970-1986) Christian ministry and missions instructor at several schools, including Columbia International University, Dallas Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Reformed Theological Seminary, and William Carey University Visiting professor or lecturer, All Nations Christian College in the United Kingdom and the Asia Cross-Cultural Training Institute in Singapore…

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Tite Tiénou, PhD

Education: Fuller Theological Seminary, MA and PhD Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique, Maîtrise en Théologie Nyack College, BS   Teaching Career: Senior Vice President of Education, Dean, and Professor of Theology of Missions, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School—expertise in missions, theology, and the church in Africa President and Dean, Faculté de Théologie Evangélique de l’Alliance Chrétienne in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa Faculty, Alliance Theological Seminary Lectured or taught at various institutions around the world  …

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Richard E. Averbeck, PhD

Education: Annenberg Research Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, PhD Grace Theological Seminary, MDiv and MA Calvary Bible College, BA   Teaching Career: Professor of Old Testament and Semitic Languages, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Dallas Theological Seminary (1990-1994) Chairman of the Old Testament Department, Grace Theological Seminary (1980-1990) Visiting lecturer at the Lutheran School of Theology in Copenhagen and Åarhus, Denmark Preached and taught in China, across Germany, and West Africa Expertise in Old Testament…

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  • Complete up to 25% of credits through CUGN.

  • Complete remaining credits through University of Northwestern - St. Paul.


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  • CUGN 200-level courses: $80/credit

  • CUGN 400 and 500-level courses: $200/credit

  • University of Northwestern graduate courses: $490/credit

Credits earned at CUGN are transferable to the student's chosen academic program at University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Applicability of credits may vary among academic programs. Click here to view CUGN's Academic Catalog, which contains a comprehensive list of CUGN courses.
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