A Guide to Christian Theology Dr. Breshears

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.

Note: The Creation lecture has no sound after 20:37. We are working on getting it fixed.

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    15 hours
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  • Institution:
    Western Seminary
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    Biblical Theology
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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.



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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.