DL324 | Puritan Theology
Course begins 1/29/13; ends 5/3/13
Meeting times: Tuesdays and Thursdays (8:30am – 9:45am)
- Be able to define Puritanism and its major characteristics.
- Be able to articulate why we need the Puritans today.
- Be able to give a general overview of basic Puritan history, Puritan theology, and Puritan literature.
- Be able to explain the pilgrim mentality of Puritan thought in terms of its biblicist, pietist, churchly, two-worldly, warfaring, and methodical outlook.
- Be able to expound the Puritan view of Scripture through the insights of John Owen, the prince of the Puritans.
- Be able to distinguish the different kinds of Puritan meditation, as well as the manner, subjects, benefits, and obstacles of such meditation.
- Be able to show how the Puritans understood what it means to become experientially acquainted with each of the three persons in the Trinity.
- Be able to expound the Puritan doctrine of providence, as well as how to answer the most vexing and practical problems of this doctrine.
- Be able to explain how and why the Puritans stressed the exceeding sinfulness of sin.
- Be able to explain the basics of Puritan covenant theology.
- Be able to elucidate the basics of Puritan Christology, including how and why they so highly valued the shedding of Christ’s blood and His compassionate, intercessory work in heaven.
- Be able to explain the amazing comfort contained in the Puritan view of the promises of God.
- Be able to articulate the Puritan doctrine of preparatory grace, and how this doctrine helped the Puritans pastorally in explaining how God ordinarily draws sinners to Christ.
- Be able to appreciate the comprehensive Puritan view of spiritual adoption and its privileges and responsibilities.
- Be able to explicate the Puritan doctrine of sanctification in terms of its definition, agent, subject, activity, measure, method, and motive.
- Be able to develop the Puritan teaching on assurance of faith as expounded in the Westminster Confession of Faith and in the theology of Anthony Burgess.
- Be able to describe the Puritan view of church and worship.
- Be able to articulate the Puritan passion and program for preaching.
- Be able to explain the Puritan view of the sacraments.
- Be able to articulate the Puritan view of heaven and hell.
- Be able to understand the Puritan lifestyle that flows from Puritan theology in terms of marriage and child-rearing, conscience and casuistry, and zealous spirituality.
- Be able to explain how the Puritans viewed the ministry as a prophetic and priestly office.
- Be able to utilize the strengths of Puritan theology in contemporary situations, especially its major contributions in areas of experiential theology that remain deeply significant for the church today.
– Final Research paper 40%
– Final Exam 30%
– Book Review 10%
– Completion of readings, assignments, discussions 20%
*You may substitute other Puritan titles for the primary source reading (i.e., for Bunyan
and Owen) with the professor’s permission. Late assignments will receive the standard PRTS deduction of 5% per day, unless special exemption (ie. for medical/family emergencies) is granted by the professor.