The Master of Arts Theological/Historical Studies is designed to prepare students for teaching and research in historical and theological studies, the communication of the doctrines of the faith and the history of Christianity. The program enables students to understand and communicate the basic historical and theological heritage of the Christian faith and to increase their appreciation of the historical roots of the doctrinal emphases within their particular communities of faith. It provides students with a firsthand acquaintance with the people, creeds, liturgies and systems of faith and order that comprise the basic elements of their heritage. A cognate is required to provide students with a biblical foundation and context for their studies. The students' abilities to understand and evaluate the issues and dynamics in the contemporary communities of faith and in contemporary theology are enhanced, thus strengthening their abilities to defend their faith.
Historical theology provides the conceptual framework for the Master of Arts Theological/Historical Studies program. Proficiency in either theological German or theological French is required for graduation. Another language, however, may be substituted with the approval of the area committee when such a language is especially relevant and clearly demonstrated for the successful completion of a course of study.
The Master of Arts Theological/Historical Studies degree program aims to:
- Communicate the Christian faith in contemporary context.
- Provide an account of the history and development of Christian tradition during specific time periods.
- Provide a systematized overview of the history and theology of the Christian tradition.
- Encourage research that demands critical thinking, historical integration and theological reflection on the part of the student.
- Provide foundational linguistic preparation that enables translation of Scripture and historical documents in German or French for theological research.
- Encourage awareness of the historical development of the Pentecostal/charismatic movement within church history.
- Promote research and critical thinking skills needed to produce an academic thesis.
- Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
- Enable students to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling.
- Enable students to integrate a specific area of research with a unified historical/theological perspective reflective of degree program courses.