I. Course Description
This course examines developments in the doctrine of eschatology throughout church history. Especially considered are contributions among the apostolic fathers, the apologists, the theologians, as well as perspectives during the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and more recent developments from the seventeenth century and beyond.
II. Course Objectives
- Students should understand the various historical eschatological views, recognizing the hermeneutic bases that give rise to each.
- Students should be able to identify key persons in the history of eschatology, and be able to summarize the views and influence of each.
- Students should understand basic implications of historical views on eschatology for other areas of theology.
III. Course Textbooks
2. Brian E. Daley, The Hope of the Early Church: A Handbook of Patristic Ecclesiology, Baker, 2010, ISBN: 978-0-8010-4597-4
3. Crawford Gribben and Timothy Stunt (Eds.), Prisoners of Hope? Aspects of Evangelical Millenialism in Britain and Ireland, 1800-1880, Paternoster, 2004, ISBN: 1-84227-224-1
IV. Evaluation of Student Performance
1. Class Attendance – for Campus students, due to the concentrated nature of the lectures, one unexcused class absence will reduce final grade by a letter grade. A 2nd unexcused absence will result in an additional research assignment required for a passing grade. A 3rd unexcused absence will result in a failing grade. Extension and Online students must listen to the recorded lectures in their entirety and must fulfill all other format-specific requirements in order to receive a passing grade.
2. Reading Assignments and Accountability – Students will complete assigned reading, as per course schedule, and will write a one-page discussion of some aspect of each reading.
3. Research Assignments – Campus and Extension students will write three papers, one on each of the following topics:
- Paper 1: Summarize, discuss, and critique the eschatological perspective of any historical figure discussed in class. (5-7 pages)
- Paper 2: Compare and contrast the eschatological perspectives of any two historical figures discussed in class. (5-7 pages)
- Paper 3: Analyze the eschatological perspective of any historical figure discussed in class, and discuss the implications of that eschatological perspective on another area of theology. (5-7 pages)
Online students will write two papers on any of the two topics above.
4. Course Exams – There are no exams for this course.
5. Online Interaction – Online students will have three weekly online assignments: (1) post weekly reading accountability in their online classroom; (2) post a brief (50-75 words) observation of a key point from that week’s lecture; and (3) post at least two responses either to Professor observations or other students’ postings.
6. Campus students will submit assignments as directed by the Professor.
Extension students will submit assignments to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the course due date.
Online Students will submit assignments as directed by the Online Professor.
7. Scoring Rubric
Attendance or Online Participation: 25
Reading Component (Reading & Accountability): 25
Research Component (Papers & Projects): 50
Total Points: 100
V. Course Materials