A Guide to Christian Theology Dr. Breshears

A Guide to Christian Theology

An overview of what Christians believe, presented in clear, easy-to-understand terms.

This class is part of the Certificate in Theological Studies

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About this Class

Understand the core topics of systematic theology, from what we know about God to the future state of humankind. Special emphasis is given to such topics as Christ, salvation, the church, and the future.

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  • Subject:
    Biblical Theology
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  • Time Required:
    15 hours
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    Western Seminary
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There are two approaches to systematic theology: the deductive approach and the inductive appearoch. Find out how these two approaches differ and you need to understand each one.


We serve a personal God who speaks, telling us about himself and ourselves and the world around us. There are two types of ways that God reveals himself: general revelation and special revelation. In this lecture, you'lll discover what God says about himself through creation and your conscience.


Special revelation is a combination of the life of God revealed in his works and the words of God that tells us the significance and meaning of those acts. Discover how God reveals himself through special revelation and what we can know about him.


Know why the inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture is foundational to an overall understanding of the Bible.


Learn how to deal with ambiguous passages in the Bible, why the Bible is silent on many issues, and whether God still speaks today.


Discover the names of God, their meanings, and their significance


Learn about the characteristics of God, including his compassion, grace, patience, love, faithfulness, forgiveness, justice, jealousy, and holiness.


Learn about the characteristics of God, including his constancy, his omniscience, and his omnipotence.


Understand what it means that God is three persons, but still one God.


Learn about some key terms in systematic theology, including freedom, sovereignty, and election


Understand both Armenian and Calvinist perspectives on the doctrine of election.


Understand the difference between naturalism and creationism, and know the four approaches to Genesis.


Discussion on the three views of providence.


A continued discussion on providence, emphasizing that God is faithful to his promises.


An overview of the doctrine of humankind, including their origin, the biblical definition of spirit and soul, and the relationship between body and spirit.


A biblical definition of image of God.


An overview of sin, including its origin and essence.


A continued discussion on sin, including its consequences and degrees.


An overview of the deity and humanity of Christ.


A continued overview of the deity and humanity of Christ.


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