A Guide to Christian Theology

An overview of what we believe, designed specifically for Christians wanting to learn.

This class is part of the Certificate in Theological Studies

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About this Class

Introduction to the core topics of systematic theology.

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  • Length:
    15 hours
  • Price:
    FREE or Add a Certificate for $195
  • Institution:
    Western Seminary
  • Subject:
    Biblical Theology
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An introduction to systematic theology.


This lecture on general revelation includes discussions about God's voice in creation and how He reveals himself to those who seek Him.


This session distinguishes between general revelation and special revelation. Biblical examples of special revelation are discussed as well as the inspiration of Scripture.


Confidence in the inerrancy of Scripture is discussed in this lecture, along with the characteristics of Biblical inspiration and the use of ordinary language.


In this lecture, the clarity and sufficiency of Scripture are examined. 


The concept of God and his identity are examined. Through this discussion, you will learn what a privilege it is to speak to God, your Father, who is caring, loving, concerned, and helpful and one who gives of himself for your sake. 


Dr. Breshears discusses more of God's characteristics including His compassion, grace, patience and holiness.


In this lecture, Dr. Breshears examines the importance of getting our theology from the entirety of Scripture and what God tells us about Himself.


Dr. Breshears reviews scripture that gives proof of a triune God; a God who is eternally relational.


In this lecture, brief descriptions of big terms in Christianity, such as freedom, sovereignty, and election, are highlighted. 


Dr. Breshears frames the discussion of election and choice through a concise description of Calvenism and Armenianism.



Meet the Professors

Professor of Systematic Theology

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the programs intended for?

The Foundations program is intended for everyone, regardless of biblical knowledge. The Academy program is intended for those who would like more advanced studies. And the Institute program is intended for those who want to study seminary-level classes.

Do I need to take the classes in a specific order?

In the Foundations and Academy programs, we recommend taking the classes in the order presented, as each subsequent class will build on material from previous classes. In the Institute program, the first 11 classes are foundational. Beginning with Psalms, the classes are on specific books of the Bible or various topics.

Do you offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program?

At this time, we offer certificates only for the classes on the Certificates page. While we do not offer transfer credit for completing a certificate program, you will be better equipped to study the Bible and apply its teachings to your life.