This course is a graduate-level introduction to Islam from a Christian perspective. After a broad, general introduction to Islam's origins, history, beliefs, and practices, the course dedicates considerable time to the life of Muhammad, which is so central to Islamic beliefs and practices. We compare and contrast Muhammad with Jesus, Allah with Yahweh, and the mission of God with the mission of Allah. We examine strategies of Islamisation and introduce methods of ministering the gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge of the origin, history, writings, doctrine, and structure of Islam.
  2. Compare and contrast the character and role of Muhammad (the founder of Islam) with that of Jesus Christ (the founder of Christianity).
  3. Compare the nature and character of Yahweh with that of Allah.
  4. Compare and contrast the missional objectives and strategies of Islam with those of Christianity.
  5. Critique methods and models of presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims.

This module lays a foundation for research in the field of New Testament by provi­ding a bird’s-eye overview of the history of New Testament scholarship and the research methodologies employed in the field.

  • Identify, distinguish, and evaluate historical trends, schools of thought, and methodologies in the field of NT studies.
  • Critically evaluate diverse scholarly methods and arguments with respect to NT introductory issues.
  • Critically compare and use NT research methodologies to explore faith questions and expound the NT in context.

This is the foundational Honours module in Old Testament studies. It provides a broad introduction to the OT as a research field in theology. After a brief overview of the content of the OT, the course contains units on the canon of the OT and on hermeneutics for studying the OT. It also has units dealing in-depth with how to study the OT as (a) history, (b) literature, and (c) theology.

This course serves as an introduction to practical theology as a theological discipline. Practical theology attempts to evaluate the effectiveness of the Christian and the church's programmes in terms of whether they are faithfully achieving God's will. By the end of this course you will be able to articulate the biblical foundations of Practical Theology, formulate an evangelical vision of Practical Theology and conduct a Practical Theology project.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Articulate the biblical foundations of Practical Theology.
  2. Articulate a sound, general knowledge of the history and present practice and state of practical theology.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to fully understand and also critique Osmer’s model for practical theology, including from an evangelical perspective.
  4. Formulate an evangelical vision of practical theology.

Narrative preaching is a dynamic, engaging, and effective way to communicate the Word of God. This course explores the history, theoretical underpinning, and primary models of narrative preaching as a foundation for equipping preachers to learn some narrative methods of preaching. You will be required to prepare and preach one first-person and one third-person narrative sermon. The course ends with the preacher (student) undertaking an evaluation of their narrative sermons, both a self-assessment and a congregational assessment. The course outcomes are:

  • Discuss the influences (forces at work) and influencers (people) driving the recent rise of narrative preaching.
  • Articulate and defend the theoretical underpinnings, both theological and practical, that justify narrative preaching.
  • Describe the major models of narrative preaching, giving attention to the strengths and limitations of each model. 
  • Interpret narrative texts for preaching purposes.
  • Prepare and preach first-person and third-person narrative sermons.
  • Evaluate the experience of preaching narrative sermons.

This course is designed to teach you how to successfully conduct theological research at the Bachelor of Theology Honours level. If you ever decide to pursue a Masters or Doctoral degree, you will be introduced to more in-depth research tools and methodologies. 

This module is compulsory for all students who wish to enrol for the BTh Honours research project (RES4241).

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to demonstrate the following research skills:

    • Define research in a way that demonstrates understanding of its characteristics.
    • Explain how to develop a healthy professional relationship with your supervisor.
    • Accurately describe all the component parts of a research proposal.
    • Formulate a feasible and focused research problem statement for a Bachelor of Theology Research project (to the satisfaction of your supervisor).
    • Design a research plan for a BTh Honours Research project that contains a suitable outline, research methodology, and annotated bibliography.
    • Compile a literature review.
    • Conduct field research.
    • Implement the principles of academic writing in your research proposal and your BTh honours research project.

This course is designed to assist students who desire to continue their postgraduate academic careers. Basic skills in research and project writing on the BTh Honours level will be mastered. Students will implement the principles of academic writing to produce a Research Project in one of the theological sub-fields offered by SATS.

This is an orientation module to Systematic Theology as a discipline of study. It begins with a required reading component that constitutes a review (or crash course) in the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Then it allows you to choose a topic in the domain of systematic theology and write a research paper on it.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Critique the popular belief that there is a ‘mortal conflict’ between science and theology in the light of a historical review of the debate.
  2. Articulate and defend a theological understanding of Genesis 1–3 that is biblically faithful and scientifically plausible.
  3. Evaluate selected models and arguments advanced to explain the origin of the universe.
  4. Assess major models for explaining the relationship between the doctrine of creation and the theory of evolution against scriptural and scientific evidence.