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Mobile Ed: CH151 Introducing Historical Theology I: Apostles to the Reformation (6 hour course)

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In this course, you’ll learn about the first 1,500 years of Christian history, focusing especially on the development of Christian doctrine. Instructor Roger Olson expands on doctrines such as the Trinity and Christ’s hypostatic union—doctrines that most Christians are aware of, but may never have studied at length. The Middle Ages are covered, particularly highlighting the way that medieval theologians understood the knowledge of God and the relationship between faith and reason. The course ends with the Renaissance—a period during which there were initial calls for reform within the church—and early church reformers who came before the theology of Martin Luther.

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Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Establishing the Roots of Theology

  • What Is Theology?
  • The Definition and Purpose of Historical Theology
  • Theology in the New Testament and Early Church
  • Heresies in Early Christianity
  • Challenges for Theology in Early Christianity
  • The Beginnings of Theology in the Apostolic Fathers
  • The Role of Christian Apologists in Early Christianity

Unit 2: Theology in the Post-Apostolic Church

  • Irenaeus: The First Christian Systematic Theologian
  • Irenaeus: Defending the Incarnation within the Doctrine of Salvation
  • Clement of Alexandria: Theologian and Philosopher
  • Origen of Alexandria: A Speculative Christian Theologian
  • Tertullian: The Father of Latin Christian Theology
  • Tertullian: Influence on Christian Doctrine
  • The Changing Landscape of Theology in the Early Church
  • Cyprian of Carthage: Catholic Theologian and Bishop
  • The Development of the Christian Canon of Scripture

Unit 3: Theology in the Christian Roman Empire

  • Constantine and the Rise of Christendom
  • The Arian Controversy
  • The Trinitarian Controversy and the Council of Nicaea
  • The Christological Controversy: Jesus as Both Human and Divine
  • Heresies Addressed by the Third and Fourth Ecumenical Councils
  • Christian Orthodoxy: The Trinity and the Hypostatic Union
  • Augustine: The Father of Western Christianity
  • Augustine’s Core Beliefs
  • The Impact of Augustine’s View of Predestination on Church History

Unit 4: The Deepening Divide between the East and the West

  • Gregory the Great: Foundation of Roman Catholic Theology
  • The Gradual Separation of the Greek Orthodox from the Roman Catholics
  • Controversies in the Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Filioqueand the Great Schism
  • The Eastern Orthodox View of Filioque

Unit 5: Theology in the High Middle Ages

  • Scholasticism and Anselm of Canterbury
  • Scholasticism and Thomas Aquinas
  • Atonement Theology and Anselm’s Response
  • Moral Influence Theory: The Atonement Theology of Peter Abelard
  • Philosophy and Theology in Medieval Christian Universities
  • The Impact of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • The Power Struggles Which Laid the Groundwork for the Reformation
  • Scholastic Theologians: Duns Scotus and William of Ockham
  • Medieval Catholic Dogmas and Councils

Unit 6: Renaissance Theology

  • Christian and Secular Humanism
  • The Life of Erasmus: Christian Humanist
  • Peter Waldo and the First Protestants
  • Catherine of Siena and Catholic Mysticism
  • John Wycliffe: The Morning Star of the Reformation
  • Jan Hus: Forerunner to Martin Luther
  • The Catholic Church on the Eve of the Reformation


  • Concluding the Course
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About Roger E. Olson

Roger E. Olson is the Foy Valentine Professor of Christian Theology and Ethics at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Previously he served as professor of theology at Bethel University in Minnesota. He is the author of eighteen books including The Journey of Modern Theology: From Reconstruction to Deconstruction (Intervarsity Press). Dr. Olson was born and raised in the Upper Midwest of the United States and considers himself a "Bapticostal." He grew up Pentecostal but became Baptist while attending North American Baptist Seminary. His PhD in Religious Studies is from Rice University (Houston, Texas) and he studied at the University of Munich with theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg. He served as editor of Christian Scholar's Review in the 1990s and has served as consulting and contributing editor for Christianity Today. He is married and has two adult daughters and two beautiful grandchildren. He enjoys Southern gospel music, Victorian gothic mystery books, and traveling.


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  1. Kelly Fleming

    Kelly Fleming


    I'm only partway through this course and I'm disappointed. It is clearly given from the Protestant viewpoint and I fell that this is disadvantageous. The Eastern Orthodox Church is such a rich tradition and yet the presenter of this course does not use any Eastern Orthodox perspective to really shine light on the Church Fathers. This course could be so much richer and so much more informative of the Eastern Orthodox tradition was included.
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  3. Joshua



    Olson is an amazing scholar who teaches succinctly in a very easy-to-understand way. His grasp of history and theology is superb. His explanations are logically structured, leading to deep understanding and clarity. I cannot over-recommend this course by Olson.
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