TH 302 - Systematic Theology

Syllabus for TH 302: Systematic Theology



Section 1: Overview


Class meets Saturday mornings from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the Conference Room in the ABC Administrationr building

This is an online resource for students participating in the class.


Professor David Dault, Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology, American Baptist College


My office is on the second floor of the Library.

Office Hours this Spring: Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5pm and by appointment


To contact me by email, please write to david.dault@<REMOVE THIS SECTION BEFORE SENDING> (please remove the portion betweeen the "< >" and put TH 302 in the subject line)


Texts:  The following texts are required for the course




 To print the online texts I would recommend going to the 'File' menu and selecting 'Print Preview' - you should then see the text laid out properly for standard paper. Look to make sure words aren't being cut off on the edges in the preview. From there you can press 'Print' and all should be well. If cut-offs are happening you will need to find out how to adjust that particular machine's settings, or another option would be to 'Select all' in the edit menu, and copy and paste the text into a Word document and print from there.


Some tips on reading academic texts



TH 301 S 09 Study Guide midterm.doc



Section 2: Class Schedule



  1. [1.17.09] - What is Theology? and Historical Backgrounds; Lecture 1


  2. [1.24.09] - Discuss Guthrie chapters 1 and 2:


  3. [1.31.09] - Discuss Guthrie 3 + 4 : General and Special Revelation; Lecture 2


  4. [2.07.09] -Discuss Guthrie 5 + 6; : Trinity and Attributes of God; Lecture 3 


  5. [2.14.09] -  Discuss Guthrie 7 + 8: Predestination and Creation; Lecture 4

  7. [2.21.09] - Discuss Guthrie 9, 10 + 11 : The Problem of Evil, Theological Anthropology; Sin; MID TERM REVIEW TH 301 S 09 Study Guide midterm.doc


  8. [2.28.09] - MID TERM EXAM


  9. [3.07.09] -  ABC Weekend in Milwaukee - No Class; READ Guthrie 12 + 13: Incarnation and Atonement


  10. [3.14.09] -  Dault at SECSOR conference - No Class; READ Guthrie 14 + 15: Resurrection and the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit 


  11. [3.21.09] -  Spring Break 


  12. [3.28.09] -  Spring Break


  13. [4.04.09] -  Discuss Guthrie 16 + 17: Justification and Sanctification


  14. [4.11.09] - Good Friday - No Class - Happy Easter

  16. [4.18.09] - Discuss Guthrie 18 + 19 : Doctrine of the Church and Eschatology; FINAL EXAM REVIEW;


  17. [4.25.09] -  FINAL EXAM




Section 4: Expectations



  1. Please bring a Bible to every class meeting.  Feel free to bring whatever translation you feel comfortable with, with the exception of paraphrase Bibles (we need chapters and verses) - the more variety, the better.

  3. Please complete the reading and writing assignments for each class before you arrive.  Please be on time.  Roll will be taken.  In accordance with ABC school policy, students are allowed one (1) absence during the semester.  Any further absence will result in academic penalties in accord with the school policy: "Each subsequent absence above the allotted number ... may cause the total grade to be lowered by 1/3 of a letter grade until the grade 'F' is reached." 


  4. Please do not use your cell phones during class.  If you must bring them, leave them off, or - better yet - leave them in your car or at home.

  6. In accordance with the American Baptist College Student Academic Dishonesty Policy (from the 2008 course catalog, reproduced below), it is expected that the work done in your name for this class will be your work alone.  There will be no tolerance for the giving or receiving of unauthorized help on any assignment for credit in this course.  It is certainly acceptable to work together, study together, and discuss material for the course.  However, cheating, 'cribbing' and plagiarism will result in severe academic consequences.  If you have any questions regarding this expectation, ask.

  8. There will be no 'extra credit' assignments offered outside of the sceduled tests, nor will late work be accepted.  The final grade of this course will be based solely upon the work completed during the semester.  No additional assignments during or after the class will be accepted as a means of "boosting" the final grade.  Unless prior arrangements are made and confirmed by the professor at least 48 hours in advance of the midterm or final, absence from class on either testing day will result in a grade of -0- for the test, resulting in probable failure of the course.  Again, all grades as reported at the close of this semester are final and will not be changed.






American Baptist College acknowledges the need to preserve an orderly process with regard to teaching, research, and

public service, as well as the need to preserve and monitor students’ academic rights and responsibilities. Since the

primary goal of education is to increase one’s own knowledge, academic dishonesty will not be tolerated at American

Baptist College. Possible consequences of academic dishonesty, depending on the seriousness of the offense, may range

from a revision of an assignment, and or a reprimand, a written reprimand, an F or zero for grade work, removal from the

course with a grade of F, to possible suspension or exclusion from the College. Academic dishonesty includes the

following examples, as well as similar conduct aimed at making false representation with respect to academic



a. Cheating on an examination;


b. Collaborating with others in work to be presented, contrary to the stated rules of the course;


c. Plagiarizing, including the submission of their ideas of papers or information from the internet,

(whether purchased, borrowed, or otherwise obtained) as one’s own. When direct quotations are

used in themes, essays, term papers, tests, book reviews, and other similar work, they must be

indicated; and when the ideas of another are incorporated in any paper, they must be

acknowledged, according to a style of documentation appropriate to the discipline;


d. Stealing examination(s) or course materials(s);


e. Falsifying records, laboratory results, or other data;


f. Submitting, if contrary to the rules of a course, work previously presented in another course;


g. Knowingly and intentionally assisting another student in any of the above, including assistance in

an arrangement whereby any work, classroom performance, examination, or other activity is

submitted or performed by a person other than the student under whose name the work is

submitted or performed. Students’ accused of academic dishonesty may appeal through the

Student Academic Dishonesty Procedures in effect at American Baptist College.