This course explores the primary ideas, principles, traditions, and people of important theological movements throughout history. Several teachings are reviewed to introduce students to a theological framework that has informed the foundation for Christian thought. Important theological movements throughout history are addressed in the course as well as an examination of what it is that the Church agrees on regarding God. The course follows the framework of classical Protestant systematic theology beginning in prolegomena (first things) and the doctrine of God. Then considering the doctrine of humankind, soteriology (the doctrine of salvation) and ending with ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church) and eschatology (the doctrine of last things). After completing this course, students will be better equipped to discuss the biblical foundation of their Christian beliefs as well as what is common across Christian doctrines and what influenced the different teachings throughout Christianity.
“Studying theology brings new depth and vitality to faith” (McGrath)