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Theology can be intimidating for beginners. Many students have been overwhelmed by the diversity of opinions and sheer volume of information to comprehend. If they are to succeed in theological studies they must first establish a foundation of concepts and terminology on which to build their theological framework. In this course, Dr. Frame covers the essentials of all major areas of systematic theology with the goal of orienting listeners to the basic material necessary to understand and study God’s Word. Focusing on the overarching theme of God’s Lordship, Dr. Frame uses three “Lordship Attributes” (control, authority and presence) to organize the doctrines and help listeners remember and apply them to life.
- Understand the nature of theology.
- Summarize what the Bible teaches on the subjects commonly discussed in theological literature.
- Trace ways in which biblical teachings are linked together by the overarching theme of lordship.
- Understand key theological terms and concepts to apply in future theological studies.
- Identify major doctrinal controversies in the history of the church and show how those controversies affected the study of theology.
- Apply good theological methods to analyze issues not explicitly discussed in the course.
- Appreciate the personal spiritual significance of understanding basic theological concepts.
- Analyze your own spiritual life in light of biblical doctrine in order to identify areas in which you need to grow.
- Place a high value on theology for spiritual growth for yourself and those you teach.
- Belhaven College, DD
- Yale University, MPhil
- Westminster Theological Seminary, BD
- Princeton University, AB
This is a good basic introduction to Systematic Theology. I appreciated Dr. Frame’s heart to share different perspectives and give space for different beliefs where Scripture gives space for different opinions. However, I felt that the quiz questions were often overly straightforward for a course marketed as an advanced course and could have been answered correctly by anyone who has a reasonably solid grasp of their Bible. For example: “Who was the child of the promise in the Abrahamic covenant?” I believe the answers were Jesus, Joseph, Isaac, and one other person who had nothing to do with Abraham.Hallie
It’s well prepared lectures and I learned a lot from them.Ginger
Very good course!Stephen
This was a great course though the teacher and my position on the millennium differs but he did not force a view but stated each with their supports. this does make me hungry for moreDonald
The professor put everything into groups of 3. I liked the normative, situation, existential explanations and perspectives.Steven
The outline is needed. Dr. Grudems’ text book was of great value.James