This course is a study of the nature of humanity and sin. We will look at the nature of humanity from a biblical perspective by examining the pre-fall and post-fall state of man. We will see how these issues were dealt with from a historical perspective by spending much time on the debate between St. Augustine and Pelagius. An attempt will be made to understand the implications of man being created in the image of God. Debates about the origin and nature of sin will be examined by asking questions such as: What is sin? Where did it begin? Why did God allow it? Are there different types of sin?
This course can be taken individually but is also part of a six part series called The Theology Program.
- The student will struggle with the question, “Why did God create man?”
- The student will gain knowledge of the different theories concerning human constitution.
- The student will have a greater understanding of what it means to be created in the image of God.
- The student will learn what affect the fall had on the mind of man as well as his moral, social, and volitional abilities.
- The student will gain an appreciation of human dignity by learning that while man is not what he was supposed to be, yet he still retains great dignity by reflecting the glory of God.
Here is the entire first session.
(1-1.5 hours each)
- Session 01: Why God Created Man
- Session 02: The Constitution of Man: Monism
- Session 03: Dualism
- Session 04: Creation of the Soul
- Session 05: The Imago Dei in Humanity
- Session 06: Original Sin: Pelagianism
- Session 07: Original Sin: Augustinianism and Arminianism
- Session 08: Free Will
- Session 09: Egalitarianism
- Session 10: Complementarianism