The Humanities Program integrates the study of Scripture into students’ explorations of Ancient Civilizations (grade 9), Western Studies from Medieval to Modern Times (grade 10), and American Studies (grade 11). No prior knowledge of Scripture is expected. The study of Scripture enriches and deepens students' understanding both of the Humanities topics and also of Scripture itself.
Theology Studies I
The goal of this one-semester course is to help students read and live the Scriptures more faithfully and knowledgeably. At least three things are necessary in order to meet this goal: to understand one’s self and one’s world; to understand the Scriptures themselves; and to understand some of the ways Scripture has been read and lived in the past. Knowledge of these three things is bound up together, and the course is defined by the boundaries of this triangle: self, Scripture, and the church. The nature and history of Scripture are the introductory topics; students also explore basic guidelines for sound reading of God’s Word. With this background, figures from the church, past and present, help to broaden students' perspective of what Scripture is, how it should be read, and how it should be lived.
In the engagement of “self,” the scope of the course is the entire world of the modern teenager. Any issue that concerns or any entity that influences any teenager in this class—and beyond—is relevant. Indeed, whatever informs contemporary culture, from science to pluralism, may be addressed. As students engage with Scripture, the scope includes all 66 books of the Bible, seen through the interpretive lens of the student and the historical figures studied.
Theology Studies II
Theology Studies II is the second one-semester course in theology required of all Trinity graduates. This course explores what it means to have a Christian view of the world. Students examine the Big Questions all human beings ask about the world we live in; the kinds of answers that different religions and philosophies (including especially a post-modern worldview) have proposed; and the distinctive questions and answers the Christian gospel poses and proposes. This course has a strong element of what is often called apologetics: Understanding why we believe and addressing honestly the most difficult questions any Christian must face. One of the goals of this course is to prepare students for a thoughtful, faithful, and benevolent engagement with the secular academic culture, which they are likely to encounter in their college years.