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The college of the Presbyterian Church in America in Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Biblical and Theological Studies

The department goals are:

  • to provide all students with general biblical and theological literacy and specifically with an understanding of the general content of biblical and theological truth in the Reformed tradition;
  • to provide ways to arrive at that truth and its relevance for the Church and society;
  • to apply to all students, and specifically Biblical Studies majors and minors, biblical and theological truth as the mold which transforms their heart, renews their mind, and shapes their lives;
  • to fit them with the lenses necessary for a biblical world- and life-view that paves the way to Kingdom activity in the Church and society;
  • to equip them with the biblical rationale for all their culture-related activities beginning with their understanding and appreciation of education from the perspective of the Christian faith;
  • to acquaint biblical studies majors and minors with the problems connected with biblical scholarship and the content of the Gospel over against the belief systems of the modern scene;
  • to empower them with an effective means to communicate the Christian faith in the contemporary scene and to develop a biblically-based apologetic for that faith;
  • to encourage all students in general and Biblical Studies majors and minors specifically to maximize the development of their talents and skills and to seek the advance of the Kingdom of God in the choice and exercise of their profession;
  • and specifically, to urge students with apparent qualifications and gifts for the ministry of the Gospel, whether in the United States or abroad, to consider the possibility of such calling.

 

"Dr. Ward pours into his students so intentionally and makes it clear that his door is always open, even when you simply need someone to listen to you."
- Liz Daley '23 | psychology major

 

Zoe Kiratzis '21

"I didn’t intend to be a Biblical and Theological Studies major when I decided on Covenant, but after getting a taste of the Bible classes here I couldn’t help but add the major. The professors are some of the best and the upper-division courses are very accessible to non-majors, which makes class discussion diverse and engaging."
  - Zoe Kiratzis '21

Mary Haynes '21

"I waited until senior year to take Doctrine I so that I could take it with Dr. Madueme, and let me tell you, it’s everything I hoped for. Dr. Madueme pushes those of us who grew up in the PCA (myself included) to take our theology seriously, to see it not just as a bunch of vocabulary terms to commit to rote memory but as something to wrestle with and ask hard questions about. He knows that theology can get pretty heady pretty fast, and he’s really good about incorporating examples from his own life to illustrate points he makes in class. No question is too small for Dr. Madueme, and the way he teaches Doctrine I makes me curious to learn more about theology and ways I can live it out in my everyday life."
 - English major Mary Haynes '21