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English Grammar

Summer Intensive, 4 days (Grammar 12 hours, Skills 8 hours) annually

Lecturer: Wendy Bytheway, Gillian Asquith

This subject is compulsory for all first year full time students.

Outcomes: The English Grammar course will be a firm foundation for learning Hebrew and Greek

There is no charge to PTC students for this unit.


 

Philosophy 

Summer Intensive, 2 days (10 hours), even years

Lecturer: Douglas Milne

Outcomes: students should be familiar with the sweep of Western thought and culture as influenced by its philosophers

Method: Class lectures and notes with discussion

Textbooks:

  • Richard Tarnas, The Passion of the Western Mind. Understandin the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View, (Ballantine, 1993)
  • Garrett J. DeWeese & J.P. Moreland, Philosopy Made Slightly Less Difficult. A beginner's Guide to Life's Big Quesions, (IVP, 2005).

Apologetics

Summer Intensive, 2 days (6 hours), odd years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Outcomes: to gain a working acquaintance with apologetics in the Bible and its application to contemporary issues in apologetics.

Method: Class instruction and discussion.


Assessment: Written exam (1 hour)

Textbooks:

  • W Craig, Reasonable Faith, (Crossway, 2008).
  • D Groothuis, Christian Apologetics (IVD 2011,)
  • K Bon, ​Faith Has Its Reasons, ​(Paternoster 2005)

Ethics

Summer Intensive, 5 days (20 hours), even years

Lecturer: Douglas Milne

Outcomes: students should become aware of the whole field of ethics and learn some tools for resolving ethical issues.

Method: Class lectures and notes with discussion

Textbooks:

  • Andrew J.B. Cameron, Joined-Up Life. A Christian Account of How Ethics Works, (IVP, 2011)
  • John S. Feinberg & Paul D. Feinburg, Ethics for a Brave New World, (Baker, 2002).
  • Megan Best, ​Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Ethics and the Beginning of Human Life, ​(Matthias Media, 2012)

Presbyterian History

Summer Intensive, 20 hours, odd years

Lecturer: Jared Hood

Description: 

  1. Scottish roots:include the Scottish Reformation, the Covenanters, awakening and secessions, missions and the Disruption, unions and the rise of biblical criticism.
  2. Australian planting: including John Dunmore Lang and James Forbes, divisions and State unions, temperance, theological halls, missions, Charles Strong.
  3. Australian growth: including federalism, Samuel Angus, the division of 1977, recent challenges.

Pre-course assignment: please contact the lecturer

Textbook:

  • Allan and Mairi Harman, Australian Presbyterian History with its Scottish and Irish Background (Melbourne: PTC, 2003).

Presbyterian Polity

Summer Intensive, 5 days (15 hours), odd years

Lecturer: John Wilson

Description: An overview of the biblical foundations for Presbyterian polity, the historical development of it, and the present polity as practised in the church. An essential component of this course is attendance at session, presbytery and the General Assembly.

Textbooks:

  • Rules and Procedure of the PCV (2003 ed.).
  • F Maxwell Bradshaw, Basic Documents on Presbyterian Polity (Christian Education Committee, PCA 1984).
  • Kevin Reed, Biblical Church Government (Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1983).
  • GAA Code 1993.

Biblical Theology

Summer Intensive, 1 day (6 hours), annually

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

The subject is compulsory for all first year full time students.

Outcomes: To introduce first year students to the study of biblical teaching by reviewing the major stages of the whole biblical narrative.

Description: An introduction to biblical theology.

Method: Class instruction and discussion.

Assessment: Written exam

Textbooks:

  • S Levy, Bible Overview (Christian Focus, 2008).
  • W Kaiser, The Promise-Plan of God (Zondervan, 2011).
  • P Golding, ​Covenant Theology, ​Mentor, 2004)
  • M Brown, ​Sacred Bond, ​Reformed Fellowship, 2012)

There is no charge to PTC students for this unit.


Reformed Worship

Summer Intensive, 5 days (18 hours), even years

Lecturer: Peter Hastie

Outcomes:

  • To bring candidates for the ministry to focus on particular aspects of the theology and practice of worship in Scripture and in the Reformed tradition.
  • To enable competency in the constructing and leading of a Presbyterian worship service.

Content:

  1. Worship in the Old and New Testament
  2. The Theology of Worship
  3. Construction of a Worship Service
  4. Contemporary Issues

Method: Classroom instruction and discussion.

Assessment:Written exam (two hours)

Textbooks:

  • B Chappell, Christ-Centred Worship (Baker 2009)
  • L Duncan, P Ryken, D Thomas, Give Praise to God, (P & R, 2003)
  • N Due, ​Created for Worship, ​(Mentor, 2005)
  • R Sproul, ​A Taste of HEaven, ​(Reformers Trust, 2006)

Supervised Learning Experience Years I-IV

Presbyterian ministry candidates undertake Field Education each year over four years. This includes Guided Reading and Sermon Review in years one to four, supervised field education placement in years three and four, as per the ACT units, PC442/642 CFE and PC443/643 PCFE.

For more information, see the ACT unit descriptions, and the PTC Handbook section on Presbyterian Ministry Candidates.