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For good or for bad, philosophy has played a pivotal role in the development of theology and culture. In this course, learners examine the major trends in contemporary theological thought in light of their philosophical contexts. The course begins with a review of the major developments in Western thought prior to Hegel, and then explores the theologies of Hegel, Kierkegaard, Barth, Bultmann, and Tillich. The course culminates in the “Death of God” theologies of Paul Van Buren and Thomas Altizer. The course enables learners to evaluate contemporary, non-evangelical theologies and to recognize their impact on everyday life.
Legacy CollectionThis course is part of a collection of courses taught by world-class evangelical professors from across the globe on a variety of topics. The lessons are presented on an intermediate to college or seminary level and provide a wealth of information for those who want to dig deeper into their faith. Select courses in the collection are from the Institute of Theological Studies (ITS), which was acquired by Our Daily Bread University.
- Know the major trends in contemporary, non-evangelical thought.
- Understand the presuppositions (philosophical and otherwise) that generate such modern theologies.
- Recognize and defend against such views.
- Better comprehend orthodox positions through analysis of errant views.
- Apply Old Testament theology to life and ministry.
- University of Iowa, postgraduate work
- University of Chicago, MA and PhD
- Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, ThM
- Talbot Theological Seminary, MDiv
- University of California, BA
I do think the instructor tried to present ideas of these men to us and spent a great deal of time and effort in constructing this course. I do not see that this course is valuable to other than the curious and people who want themselves to be theologians and must understand these men who claim such a title. And since I took this course out of curiosity it did tell me where modern theologians are and why so as a result of these comments I need to upgrade my original assessment since the instructor did do an adequate job explaining a very difficult field. I would only recommend this course to the very curious and to theologians.Karin
It is a very deep study, keep up the good job. However objectives would in my opinion, better enhanced my understanding.Stephen
I enjoyed the course although the teacher could have used better examples or explanations, because sometimes the individuals spoken of can use language that is not very clear and hard to understandJason