The Introduction to the New Testament is vital course in the curriculum of the masters degree programs in the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary.  It introduces the student to the issues surrounding the New Testament in Christian scholarship.  The goal of the course is to situate the New Testament proper in its rightful place as the final authority in all matters of life, practice and faith.

Old Testament is a large corpus of literature that all Christian churches accept as part of the  Bible.  The Old Testament has a record of history, literature in prose and poetry, and Prophetic utterances that any serious student of the Bible must take into account.  These records have stood the test of time and must therefore be weighed and studied for the way of life they point to us.  Accepting that the Old Testament points a way of life is accepting that it is for us in our time.  Since it was not written by post-modern man to our context we are called upon to exercise scholarly measures to ascertain it message for time and for us.

The course Introduction to Philosophy is intended fr students who have never taken a philosophy.  It is hoped that most students in Cameroon schools do not necessarily take a philosophy course in high school.  Therefore, it is necessary to introduce them to the rudiments of philosophy and show how philosophy influences thought and life.

Philosophy of  Religion

MDiv Second Semester 2018

Instructor: Wilfred Fon, Ph.D.

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COURSE DESCRIPTION  This course constitutes an examination of the discipline of philosophy of Religion for the masters students at CBTS.  The course gives attention to foundational issues knowledge, the world, and values the African pastor and the Church  are faced with and will conclude by examining specific  matters relevant to pastoral ministries today in Africa.

  COURSE OBJECTIVES  

A student who completes this course will be able to gain key principles for life application in the understanding of the foundational issues to knowledge, values and the world.

A student who completes the course should be able to set pace for living out the philosophical principles gained in the course in life.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS AND ARTICLES 

Evans, C. Stephen.  Philosophy of Religion: Thinking about Faith. InterVarsity Press: Downer Groove, Illinois, 1985.

Hick, John.  Philosophy of Religion.  Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliff, NJ, 1973.

Smart, Ninian.  The Phenomenon of Religion. R & B Clark Ltd: Edinburgh, 1973

Trueblood, David Elton.  Philosophy of Religion

Warren, Young C., A Christian Approach to Philosophy.  Baker Book House: Grand Rapids, MI.

Kalsbeck,L,  Contours of Christian Philosophy

Kunhiyop, Samuel Waje.  AFRICAN CHRISTIAN ETHICS.  Baraka Press & Publishers Ltd., Kaduna-Nigeria, 2004.  

More will be given in class

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:  • Readings:  (20%)  Students should read the texts and other materials related to the subject and write critical reports for submissions.   • Quizzes and examinations (40%)  Students will take quizzes and at least two major examinations for the course.  Quizzes will not be announced but examinations will be scheduled.  All examinations will be taken by all students at the same time. • The Philosophy of Religion Paper (20%)  Each student will choose a topic to write on from the list proposed in the syllabus. The papers should address up-to-date issues on the subject and show relevance to the Cameroonian context of ministry.

COURSE OUTLINE

SECTION ONE: Definition of Philosophy of Religion

SECTION TWO: FOUNDATIONS OF CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ETHICS
Definition of philosophy and religion
Personal and corporate religion
Sources of African religious beliefs
Religion and Ethics
God, His Existence and Nature
Spirits
Community
Values
 
SECTION THREE: THE PROBLEM OF KNOWLEDGE

Relevant questions

Kinds of Knowledge

Rationalism versus Empiricism

Genuine knowledge

The Nature of Knowing

The problem of evidence

The problem of certainty

Epistemological Issues

Theories of knowledge

 

SECTION FOUR: THE PROBLEM OF THE WORLD

Relevant questions

Theories of the Nature of the Physical Realities

Theories of the origin and nature of living realities

Theories of the nature of Ultimate reality

 

SECTION FIVE: THE PROBLEM OF VALUES

Theories of value

Justification of Morality

Meta-ethical and analytical theories of ethics

Ethical relativism

Freedom and Responsibility

Theory of Art

Situating the Philosophy of Religion

In quest for the Philosophy of Education



SECTION SIX: Topics to consider for research

Course Description Theological Foundations 1: Theological thought is foundational to a healthy Christian life and work. This course is designed to help students think systematically and theologically as they live and minister in the context of their private and social interaction. This course is an introduction to think systematically and Biblically about “the whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). It is an examination and a study of selected biblical topics by examining particular biblical passages and reading and assessing formulations by Evangelical scholar on the topics. It is recommended that students read through Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, Millard Erickson’s Systematic Theology thoroughly and read other theological works of similar nature. Student’s learning will be solidified through class interaction and assignments. This course will be followed by Theological Foundation 2 in the second semester. Therefore in the first Semester of Theological Foundations we shall handle the topics of prolegomena, the doctrine of the Holy Scripture, and the doctrine of God. With the understanding that the course is for the first degree and masters’ level, students are expected to show competencies appropriate for their Degree levels. It is assumed that the students in class will generate theological articles worthy of publication in theological Journals.

This is a first degree course on the science of Bible Interpretation.