History of Christian Theology - Part 1

History of Christian Theology, Part 1

Samuel Poe

Course Description
This course will survey the major doctrines that, taken together, constitute the core of Christian faith and, beginning with the second century and ending at the eve of the Reformation, will identify key personalities, themes, and periods involved in the processes which gave rise to and shaped the doctrines essential to the study of biblical doctrine today.

Course Objectives
  • That students understand the real-life, cultural background behind the development of Christian doctrine.
  • That students understand the conflicts at the center of debate for major doctrines of the Church.
  • That students know the key theologians and issues under debate from the second century and up to the eve of the Reformation.

Required Texts
  • The Story of Christian Theology:, by Roger E. Olson, ISBN# 978-0830815050.
  • The Bible

Course Calendar
  • Lesson 1: The Opening Act: Conflicting Christian Visions in the 2nd Century
  • Lesson 2: The Plot Thickens: 3rd Century Tensions and Transformations
  • Lesson 3: A Great Crisis Rocks the Church: The Controversy About the Trinity
  • Lesson 4: Another Crisis Shakes the Church: The Conflict over the Person of Christ
  • Lesson 5: The Saga of the Queen of Sciences: Scholastics Revive and Enthrone Theology