Hermeneutical Systems examines the foundational principles that distinguish dispensational and nondispensational hermeneutics. The identification of these foundational principles enables students: 1) to answer the question of why systems of theological thought diverge from each other hermeneutically, 2) to (cautiously) anticipate how a theological system will proceed on an unforeseen topic in light of its adherence to these principles, and 3) to conduct a theological self-critique by analyzing the impact these principles have on each student’s presuppositions. The Course is taught from a dispensational perspective and will focus on how hermeneutical principles from various nondispensational systems interact (or conflict) with dispensational systems.
The following are the learning outcomes for this course: 1) Students will present what they view as the essentials to dispensational systems; 2) Students will identify the foundational hermeneutical principles that separate dispensational from non dispensational systems; and 3) Students will review secondary discussions that are (rightly or wrongly) associated with dispensationalism in order to sharpen such associations or abandon them altogether.
- 20% - Reading Report (1000 pages)
- 30% - Reading Packets (12 topics)
- 50% - Quiz Responses (4 @ 3 pages each)