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In the Theology: Foundational Certificate Program you’ll learn what it means to “do theology” through the study of systematic theology categories and topics. You’ll gain a unified perspective on the foundations of Christian thought and doctrine and will grapple with key heresies that Christianity has faced over time. These courses will help you understand how systematic theology is commonly applied and equip you to grow in deeper theological study of the Bible.

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How to Apply for a Mobile Ed Certificate of Completion

  1. Complete all Mobile Ed courses in this certificate program. This involves viewing all videos and taking all quizzes.
  2. Write a 750-word response on any topic covered for each course in the certificate program. Post your response to the appropriate Faithlife group in the comments section. Search course code here to find group.
  3. Email certificate@faithlife.com once you have completed all videos and quizzes and have posted responses in the appropriate Faithlife group for each Mobile Ed course in the certificate program. Please include your full name, title of completed certificate program, and links for each Faithlife group post in your email.
  4. Our certificate program team will review the application and email the Certificate of Completion once you have completed all requirements. Please allow 7–10 business days for review.

TH101 Introducing Bible Doctrine I: Theology, Divine Revelation, and the Bible

  • Instructors: Michael S. Heiser, Ronn Johnson, and Carl Sanders
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Video Hours: 6

Learn what it means to “do theology” and how scholars and students integrate it into Bible study. This course introduces students to why systematic theology is important and what “doing theology” means. Drs. Ronn Johnson, Carl Sanders, and Mike Heiser challenge students to think about the roles of divine revelation, the Bible, Christian tradition, logic, and philosophy in articulating doctrine. Examine major topics, essential ideas, doctrinal issues and disagreements, and more.

Contents:

Unit 1: Prolegomena: What Is Theology?
  • The Starting Point of Theology
  • Types of Theology and Their Starting Points
  • What Is Evangelical Theology?
  • Looking Up Theological Terms in Logos
  • The Sources and Resources of Theology
  • Quiz – Unit 1
Unit 2: Why Theology? The Tasks and Limits of Theology
  • Why Theology?
  • The Importance of Theology
  • The Tasks and Limitations of Theology
  • Objections to Theology
  • Quiz – Unit 2
Unit 3: Tradition and Theology
  • Tradition Under Suspicion
  • Three Approaches to Tradition
  • Why Should We Value Tradition?
  • Creating a Collection for Creeds and Catechisms
  • Quiz – Unit 3
Unit 4: Theological Method: Introductory Suggestions
  • Doing Theology: The Simple Way
  • Using a Passage List to Study a Topic or Theme
  • Millard Erickson’s Theological Method
  • How to Do Theology
  • Using Logos Documents and Favorites to Organize Research
  • How to Organize a System
  • Theological Language
  • Quiz – Unit 4
Unit 5: Biblical and Systematic Theology
  • Introduction and History
  • Biblical Theology Defined
  • Systematic Theology Defined
  • Biblical or Systematic Theology? An Example
  • Quiz – Unit 5
Unit 6: Spiritual Preparation
  • The Intellectual Virtues and Theology
  • Preparation: Intellectual Virtue
  • Virtue Epistemology
  • Conclusion
  • Quiz – Unit 6
Unit 7: Postmodernism and Theology
  • Postmodernism
  • The Rise of Postmodernism
  • Responding to Radical Postmodernism
  • Quiz – Unit 7
  • Midterm Exam
Unit 8: The Doctrine of Revelation
  • Introduction to the Doctrine of Revelation
  • How Has God Spoken? Part 1
  • How Has God Spoken? Part 2
  • Is Revelation Moral?
  • What Are Our Challenges?
  • How Is the Bible Revelation?
  • Quiz – Unit 8
Unit 9: The Doctrine of Inspiration
  • Three Areas of Discussion
  • Inspiration: Misconceptions
  • Phenomena of the Text: Historical Record
  • Phenomena of the Text: Editing
  • Phenomena of the Text: Author’s Agendas/Memory
  • Finding Different Gospel Harmonies
  • Phenomena of the Text: Sources
  • Phenomena of the Text: Borrowed Material
  • Phenomena of the Text: Changing Content
  • Phenomena of the Text: Cultural Markers
  • Searching for Passages and Topics
  • Phenomena of the Text: Literary Structures
  • Highlighting Old Testament Genres with AFAT
  • Phenomena of the Text: Incomplete Content
  • Phenomena of the Text: Ancient Content
  • Understanding Original Language Words with Logos Guides and Tools
  • Phenomena of the Text: Offensive Content
  • Biblical Data for Inspiration
  • Using a Collection of Systematic Theologies to Define Inspiration
  • Applying the Data: Historical Record
  • Applying the Data: Editing
  • Applying the Data: Author’s Agendas/Memory
  • Applying the Data: Sources
  • Applying the Data: Borrowed Material
  • Applying the Data: Changing Content
  • Applying the Data: Cultural Markers
  • Applying the Data: Literary Structures
  • Applying the Data: Incomplete Content
  • Applying the Data: Ancient Content
  • Applying the Data: Offensive Content
  • Summary of the Doctrine of Inspiration
  • Quiz – Unit 9
Unit 10: Doctrine of the Bible: Inerrancy
  • Assumptions and Definitions
  • Researching Nonbiblical Topics in Logos
  • Difficulty of Definition
  • Four Important Areas to Understand
  • Transmission and Translation
  • Quiz – Unit 10
Unit 11: Doctrine of the Bible: Canon and Canonicity
  • Terminology and Orientation
  • Old Testament Canon
  • New Testament Canon
  • Concluding Thoughts on Canon
  • Quiz – Unit 11
  • Final Exam

Dr. Carl Sanders is an associate professor of theology at Lancaster Bible College’s Capital Bible Seminary. He has taught at college and seminary levels since 1999 at several schools: Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota), Northwestern College (St. Paul, Minnesota), and Washington Bible College in Washington, DC, where he also served as chair of the Bible and theology department (2003–2012).

Dr. Sanders is well liked by his students for his down-to-earth presentation of Bible doctrine. Students quickly learn that he enjoys talking about theology and has a quick wit. Among his strengths as a lecturer are his ability to distill information to essential elements, as well as his good-natured way of fairly explaining differences in theological positions. Dr. Sanders has a keen interest in urban ministry and has served for many years in racially diverse urban congregations. His interest in local-church experience helps him practice theology in ways that reflect the diversity present in the body of Christ. He strives to make theology interesting and practical.

Dr. Ronn Johnson, lecturer in biblical studies at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, Minnesota, has been the senior pastor at his church, Coon Rapids Evangelical Free, since 2006. He previously taught in the Bible departments at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (1991–1994) and The Master’s College (1994–1996).

Dr. Johnson is well known by his students for demanding that they think about what they believe instead of being passive listeners. His approach is the opposite of proof-texting—simply quoting Bible verses without consideration of what they might mean in context. His goal is to drive home the point that the Bible is more than a collection of verses to be memorized and thrown into play—it’s a message from God that had a clear, coherent purpose that we need to hear without imposing our own traditions on the text. That approach of loyalty to the Bible above all else comes through in his Mobile Ed sessions on Bible doctrine.

He and his wife, Susan, have three teenage children. His pastimes include reading and giving too much attention to Kirby, the family dog.

Dr. Michael S. Heiser is a Scholar-in-Residence for Faithlife Corporation, the makers of Logos Bible Software. His varied academic background enables him to operate in the realm of critical scholarship and the wider Christian community. His experience in teaching at the undergraduate level and writing for the layperson both directly contribute to Logos’ goal of adapting scholarly tools for nonspecialists.

Dr. Heiser earned his PhD in Hebrew Bible and Semitic languages and holds and MA in ancient history and Hebrew studies. He is the coeditor of Old Testament Greek Pseudepigrapha with Morphology and Semitic Inscriptions: Analyzed Texts and English Translations, and can do translation work in roughly a dozen ancient languages, including Biblical Hebrew, Greek, Aramaic, Egyptian hieroglyphs, and Ugaritic cuneiform. He also specializes in Israelite religion (especially Israel’s divine council), contextualizing biblical theology with Israelite and ancient Near Eastern religion, Jewish binitarianism, biblical languages, ancient Semitic languages, textual criticism, comparative philology, and Second Temple period Jewish literature. In addition, he was named the 2007 Pacific Northwest Regional Scholar by the Society of Biblical Literature.

TH102 Introducing Bible Doctrine II: The Triune God and His Heavenly Host

  • Instructors: Carl Sanders and Ronn Johnson
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Video Hours: 6

Find answers to questions of Christian doctrine with experts in the field. Why do Christians believe in a Trinity? What is the relationship between God and angels? How does God relate to his creation? Why does evil exist? Drs. Ronn Johnson and Dr. Carl Sanders introduce students to the academic discussion of these questions by examining biblical descriptions of the Trinity and the members of God’s heavenly host. The course also discusses God’s providential relationship to creation, his divine knowledge, the problem of evil, and modern views of spiritual gifts.

Contents:

Unit 1: God
  • Introduction to the Doctrine of God
  • What We Don’t Mean
  • Finding the God of the Bible
  • Determining the Meaning of Elohim with the Bible Sense Lexicon
  • The Name of Our God
  • Identifying the Hebrew Names for God
  • God as Creator
  • God as Controller
  • God in Character
  • Quiz – Unit 1
Unit 2: Creation and Providence
  • Introduction to God’s Work
  • Creation
  • Creation Theology
  • Ethical Implications of Creation
  • Divine Providence: Preservation
  • The Dispute about God’s Rule
  • Total Control
  • Subject-Verb Clause Searching to Discover God’s Actions in Ruth
  • Partial Control
  • Open Theism
  • Openness Arguments
  • Performing a Bible Word Study for the Hebrew Term Nacham
  • Concerning Open Theism
  • Quiz – Unit 2
Unit 3: The Problem of Evil
  • The Problem Defined
  • Background of the Problem of Evil
  • Evil and Providence
  • Two Kinds of Evil
  • Approaches to the Problem of Evil
  • Conclusion: One Final Approach
  • Quiz – Unit 3
Unit 4: Angels
  • Introduction to Angels
  • Defining Angels
  • Searching the Old Testament for the Term “Angel”
  • Identifying Angels
  • Appreciating Angels
  • Quiz – Unit 4
  • Midterm Exam
Unit 5: Christology: The Person and Work of Christ
  • Introduction to the Doctrine of Christ
  • Background to Deity
  • The Deity of Christ
  • Implications of Deity
  • The Humanity of Christ
  • The United Person
  • Adding Verses to a Topic Guide Search
  • Implications of Humanity
  • The Work of Christ
  • Stages of Christ’s Work
  • Quiz – Unit 5
Unit 6: The Holy Spirit: Person and Work
  • Importance of the Holy Spirit
  • Overview of the History of the Holy Spirit
  • Personality of the Spirit
  • Deity of the Spirit
  • The Old Testament Work of the Holy Spirit
  • Searching for References to the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament
  • The Holy Spirit in the Life of Jesus
  • The Spirit and the Believer
  • Disputed Works of the Spirit
  • Quiz – Unit 6
Unit 7: THe Holy Spirit: Spirit Baptism
  • Spirit Baptism in Acts
  • What Is Spirit Baptism?
  • Searching the Words of Christ for References to the Holy Spirit
  • Paul and the Spirit
  • Quiz – Unit 7
Unit 8: Spiritual Gifts: The Contemporary Debate
  • Debates Surrounding Spiritual Gifts
  • Purpose of Spiritual Gifts
  • General Observations: 1 Corinthians 12–14
  • The Use of Charisma in Contemporary Greek Literature
  • Cessationism vs. Continuationism
  • The Cessationist Challenges
  • The Nature of Tongues: Issues
  • The Nature of Tongues: More Cessationist Arguments
  • Quiz – Unit 8
  • Final Exam

Dr. Carl Sanders is an associate professor of theology at Lancaster Bible College’s Capital Bible Seminary. He has taught at college and seminary levels since 1999 at several schools: Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota), Northwestern College (St. Paul, Minnesota), and Washington Bible College in Washington, DC, where he also served as chair of the Bible and theology department (2003–2012).

Dr. Sanders is well liked by his students for his down-to-earth presentation of Bible doctrine. Students quickly learn that he enjoys talking about theology and has a quick wit. Among his strengths as a lecturer are his ability to distill information to essential elements, as well as his good-natured way of fairly explaining differences in theological positions. Dr. Sanders has a keen interest in urban ministry and has served for many years in racially diverse urban congregations. His interest in local-church experience helps him practice theology in ways that reflect the diversity present in the body of Christ. He strives to make theology interesting and practical.

Dr. Ronn Johnson, lecturer in biblical studies at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, Minnesota, has been the senior pastor at his church, Coon Rapids Evangelical Free, since 2006. He previously taught in the Bible departments at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (1991–1994) and The Master’s College (1994–1996).

Dr. Johnson is well known by his students for demanding that they think about what they believe instead of being passive listeners. His approach is the opposite of proof-texting—simply quoting Bible verses without consideration of what they might mean in context. His goal is to drive home the point that the Bible is more than a collection of verses to be memorized and thrown into play—it’s a message from God that had a clear, coherent purpose that we need to hear without imposing our own traditions on the text. That approach of loyalty to the Bible above all else comes through in his Mobile Ed sessions on Bible doctrine.

He and his wife, Susan, have three teenage children. His pastimes include reading and giving too much attention to Kirby, the family dog.

TH103 Introducing Bible Doctrine III: Humanity, Sin, and Salvation

  • Instructors: Carl Sanders and Ronn Johnson
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Video Hours: 9

In this course, Dr. Carl Sanders and Dr. Ronn Johnson discuss the theological importance of humanity’s creation in the image of God, separation from a relationship with God because of sin, biblical concepts of atonement and justification, and the ultimate destiny of believers. Theological approaches to related issues, such as corporate human relationships, gender, race, and the value of work are also considered.

Contents:

Unit 1: Humanity
  • Introducing the Doctrine of Humanity
  • The Image of God in Humankind
  • Studying the “Image of God” with the Sermon Starter Guide
  • The Awakening of Humankind
  • Human Connection and Disconnection
  • Human Freedom
  • Sin, Salvation, and Glorification
  • Quiz – Unit 1
Unit 2: Humanity: Individual and Corporate
  • The Biblical Idea of Corporate Humanity
  • Using the Bible Facts Tool to Find Connections
  • Practices of Corporate Humanity
  • Behaviors of Corporate Humanity
  • Corporate Humanity and Other Doctrines
  • Implications of Corporate Humanity
  • Using the Timeline Tool to Trace Slavery’s Effect on the Church
  • Quiz – Unit 2
Unit 3: Gender: Male and Female
  • Basic Issues to Thinking Theologically about Gender
  • Competing Christian Views on Gender
  • Creation and Gender Roles: Evidence for Hierarchy
  • The Impact of the Fall on Gender Roles
  • Jesus and Women
  • The New Testament Emphasis on Equality
  • New Testament Indications of Hierarchy
  • Using the Bible Sense Lexicon to Distinguish Meaning in the New Testament
  • Other Issues Related to a Theology of Gender
  • Quiz – Unit 3
Unit 4: Race
  • Historical Background and Biblical Ambiguity about Race
  • Racial Reconciliation
  • Multiracial Churches as a Christian Response
  • Multicultural Church Models
  • Quiz – Unit 4
Unit 5: Theology of Work
  • The Importance of a Theology of Work
  • Work in the Current Age
  • Vocation and Theology
  • Work and Sabbath
  • Quiz – Unit 5
  • Midterm Exam
Unit 6: Sin
  • The Doctrine of Sin
  • Comparing English Bibles and the Original Hebrew with the Grid View
  • The Effects of Sin
  • Are All Sins the Same?
  • Proximity Searching Using Old Testament Synonyms
  • Sins of Omission
  • Is Not Doing One’s Best a Sin?
  • Why Am I Tempted the Way I Am?
  • Will a Christian Ever Be Judged for Sins?
  • Quiz – Unit 6
Unit 7: Salvation
  • An Overview of Salvation
  • Salvation in the Old Testament
  • Salvation in the New Testament
  • The Results of Salvation
  • What Does a Person Do to Be Saved?
  • Researching Salvation in Acts with the Bible Word Study Tool
  • Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?
  • What Is the Logic behind the Concept of Hell?
  • Is There Only One Way of Salvation?
  • Quiz – Unit 7
Unit 8: Atonement
  • Introducing Atonement Theology
  • The English Word “Atonement”
  • The Old Testament Concept of Atonement
  • Introducing Modern Views of Atonement
  • Survey of Modern Views of Atonement
  • Quiz – Unit 8
Unit 9: Justification
  • Introducing the Doctrine of Justification
  • Creating a Passage List of Key Verses on Justification
  • The Doctrine of Justification
  • The Biblical Story of Justification
  • Defining Justification in the Context of the Old Testament
  • Modern Views of Justification
  • Quiz – Unit 9
Unit 10: Reformed and Wesleyan Traditions
  • Introducing the Two Traditions
  • Reformed Theology Versus Wesleyan Arminianism
  • Quiz – Unit 10
Unit 11: Deification
  • Introducing the Doctrine of Deification
  • The Doctrine of Deification
  • New Testament Hints on Becoming Like God
  • Searching for the Church Fathers’ Positions on “Deification”
  • The Old Testament Backdrop to the Concept of Deification
  • Summarizing the Doctrine of Deification
  • Quiz – Unit 11
Unit 12: Can Unsaved People Please God?
  • Why Ask This Question?
  • Defining Our Terms
  • Illustrating the Issue: King David
  • Illustrating the Issue: The Parable of the Wheat and Tares
  • Summarizing the Answer
  • Using Proximity Searches to Find Resources on Pleasing God
  • Quiz – Unit 12
  • Final Exam

Dr. Carl Sanders is an associate professor of theology at Lancaster Bible College’s Capital Bible Seminary. He has taught at college and seminary levels since 1999 at several schools: Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota), Northwestern College (St. Paul, Minnesota), and Washington Bible College in Washington, DC, where he also served as chair of the Bible and theology department (2003–2012).

Dr. Sanders is well liked by his students for his down-to-earth presentation of Bible doctrine. Students quickly learn that he enjoys talking about theology and has a quick wit. Among his strengths as a lecturer are his ability to distill information to essential elements, as well as his good-natured way of fairly explaining differences in theological positions. Dr. Sanders has a keen interest in urban ministry and has served for many years in racially diverse urban congregations. His interest in local-church experience helps him practice theology in ways that reflect the diversity present in the body of Christ. He strives to make theology interesting and practical.

Dr. Ronn Johnson, lecturer in biblical studies at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, Minnesota, has been the senior pastor at his church, Coon Rapids Evangelical Free, since 2006. He previously taught in the Bible departments at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (1991–1994) and The Master’s College (1994–1996).

Dr. Johnson is well known by his students for demanding that they think about what they believe instead of being passive listeners. His approach is the opposite of proof-texting—simply quoting Bible verses without consideration of what they might mean in context. His goal is to drive home the point that the Bible is more than a collection of verses to be memorized and thrown into play—it’s a message from God that had a clear, coherent purpose that we need to hear without imposing our own traditions on the text. That approach of loyalty to the Bible above all else comes through in his Mobile Ed sessions on Bible doctrine.

He and his wife, Susan, have three teenage children. His pastimes include reading and giving too much attention to Kirby, the family dog.

TH104 Introducing Bible Doctrine IV: The Church and Last Things

  • Instructors: Carl Sanders and Ronn Johnson
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Video Hours: 6

Why was the church established after the resurrection of Jesus? What is its future, and the future of all humanity? Drs. Carl Sanders and Ronn Johnson introduce you to the theological discussion of the institution of the church and the biblical doctrine of eschatology (“end times”). Attention is focused on the nature of the church, systems of church government, church rites (baptism, Lord’s Supper), the relationship of the church to social issues, and how doctrinal thinking about the church affects one’s theology of end times. Various views on prophetic interpretation, the rapture, and millennialism are presented, as well as an extended discussion on how the two major theological approaches (dispensationalism and covenant theology) function and disagree.

Gain a wider view of several of the most important contemporary issues in the life of the church, with the guidance of experts in the field.

Contents:

Unit 1: Ecclesiology
  • The Problem of an Insufficient Ecclesiology
  • The Nature of the Church
  • Different Translations of the Greek Term Ekklēsia
  • The Marks of the Church
  • Church Government
  • Levels of Ministry in the New Testament
  • Looking Up Multiple Terms in a Single Text Using BDAG
  • Sacraments or Ordinances?
  • Introducing the Lord’s Supper
  • Using Multiple Resources to Research the Lord’s Supper
  • The Function and Meaning of Baptism
  • Developing a Sermon or Lesson on Baptism
  • Quiz – Unit 1
Unit 2: The Lord’s Supper
  • Some Introductory Matters
  • Survey of the Views on the Lord’s Supper
  • “Church-as-Body” View
  • Texts on the Lord’s Supper
  • Using Multiple Bible Dictionaries to Research the Passover
  • The Lord’s Supper in the Bible
  • The Meal at Corinth
  • The Body of Christ
  • Summary of the Lord’s Supper
  • Quiz – Unit 2
Unit 3: Social Justice
  • Historical Orientation to the Concept
  • Evangelical Interest in Social Justice
  • The Biblical Concept of Social Justice
  • Areas of Evangelical Debate about Social Justice
  • Unit 3 Quiz
Unit 4: Liberation Theology
  • Explanation of the Term
  • Themes of Liberation Theology
  • “Black Theology” of Liberation
  • Quiz – Unit 4
  • Midterm Exam
Unit 5: Eschatology
  • Terms and Introduction
  • Death
  • Judgment, Hell, and Heaven
  • Searching for All Terms Related to Hell
  • The Millennium
  • Finding Different Interpretations of Revelation 20:1–3
  • Cultural Influences on Eschatology
  • Introduction to the Tribulation
  • Dispensational Eschatology
  • Quiz – Unit 5
Unit 6: The Millennium
  • The Term and the Views
  • A Chart Comparison of the Different Millennium Perspectives
  • Premillennialism: Explanation
  • Premillennialism: Biblical Support
  • Premillennialism: Observations
  • Amillennialism: Explanation
  • Amillennialism: Biblical Arguments and Issues
  • Postmillennialism: Explanation, Arguments, and Issues
  • Quiz – Unit 6
Unit 7: The Tribulation and Rapture
  • Understanding the Concept of a Tribulation Period
  • Finding Quotes and Allusions to Daniel 9:27
  • The Church and the Tribulation: Pretribulational Rapture
  • The Church and the Tribulation: Posttribulational Rapture
  • Quiz – Unit 7
Unit 8: Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology
  • Introduction to Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology
  • Understanding Dispensationalism
  • Understanding Covenant Theology
  • Key Issues of Disagreement
  • Saving Highlighted Notes from Commentaries to Specific Note Files
  • Conclusions about Israel and the Church
  • Progressive Dispensationalism
  • Evaluating the Systems
  • Quiz – Unit 8
  • Final Exam

Dr. Carl Sanders is an associate professor of theology at Lancaster Bible College’s Capital Bible Seminary. He has taught at college and seminary levels since 1999 at several schools: Bethel University (St. Paul, Minnesota), Northwestern College (St. Paul, Minnesota), and Washington Bible College in Washington, DC, where he also served as chair of the Bible and theology department (2003–2012).

Dr. Sanders is well liked by his students for his down-to-earth presentation of Bible doctrine. Students quickly learn that he enjoys talking about theology and has a quick wit. Among his strengths as a lecturer are his ability to distill information to essential elements, as well as his good-natured way of fairly explaining differences in theological positions. Dr. Sanders has a keen interest in urban ministry and has served for many years in racially diverse urban congregations. His interest in local-church experience helps him practice theology in ways that reflect the diversity present in the body of Christ. He strives to make theology interesting and practical.

Dr. Ronn Johnson, lecturer in biblical studies at the University of Northwestern St. Paul, Minnesota, has been the senior pastor at his church, Coon Rapids Evangelical Free, since 2006. He previously taught in the Bible departments at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (1991–1994) and The Master’s College (1994–1996).

Dr. Johnson is well known by his students for demanding that they think about what they believe instead of being passive listeners. His approach is the opposite of proof-texting—simply quoting Bible verses without consideration of what they might mean in context. His goal is to drive home the point that the Bible is more than a collection of verses to be memorized and thrown into play—it’s a message from God that had a clear, coherent purpose that we need to hear without imposing our own traditions on the text. That approach of loyalty to the Bible above all else comes through in his Mobile Ed sessions on Bible doctrine.

He and his wife, Susan, have three teenage children. His pastimes include reading and giving too much attention to Kirby, the family dog.

TH200 Christian Thought: Orthodoxy and Heresy

  • Instructor: Beth Felker Jones
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Video Hours: 8

In her approachable and relatable teaching style, Dr. Beth Felker Jones explains major doctrines and heresies of the Christian faith. She describes the concepts of divine revelation, the Trinity, the fall, salvation, grace and free will, and the differences between Calvinism and Arminianism. You’ll gain a basic understanding of pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit), ecclesiology (the study of the Church), eschatology (the study of end times), and the many related heresies. Additionally, you’ll learn to harmonize Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason in understanding and forming your own theology.

Contents:

Unit 1: Introduction to Theology
  • Why Study Doctrine?
  • What Is Doctrine?
  • Orthodoxy and Heresy
  • The Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Introduction
  • The Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture and Tradition
  • The Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Reason
  • The Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Experience
Unit 2: Revelation
  • General and Special Revelation
  • Searching for Modes of Revelation Using a Basic Search and Clippings
  • Relationship between General and Special Revelation
  • Inspiration and Illumination
  • Heresies Regarding Revelation
  • Inerrancy and Infallibility
Unit 3: The Trinity
  • The Doctrine of the Trinity
  • Trinitarian Heresies: Adoptionism
  • Trinitarian Heresies: Modalism
  • Trinitarian Heresies: Arianism
  • Trinitarian Orthodoxy: The Nicene Creed
  • Trinitarian Orthodoxy: Affirmations of the Nicene Creed
  • Trinitarian Orthodoxy: Scripture and Trinitarian Language
  • Trinitarian Orthodoxy: Life as Relationship
  • Trinitarian Orthodoxy: The Trinity and Worship
Unit 4: Creation and Providence
  • The Genesis Narrative
  • Using the Faithlife Study Bible to Explore Creation Accounts
  • The Creator/Creature Distinction
  • Creation Out of Nothing
  • Created Goodness and Gnosticism
  • Providence
  • Creation and Providence: Summary
Unit 5: Humanity
  • Which Human Nature?
  • Middle Creatures and Opposing Heresies
  • Created in the Image of God
  • The Image of God (Gen 1:26–27): Collections and Custom Guides
  • The Fall and Related Heresies
  • Original Sin and Related Heresies
  • True Humanity in Christ
Unit 6: Christ
  • Who Is Jesus?
  • Christological Controversies
  • Christological Heresies: Apollinarianism
  • Christological Heresies: Monophysitism
  • Christological Heresies: Nestorianism
  • Orthodox Christology
  • The Hypostatic Union
  • Heretical and Orthodox Christology
  • Studying the Christological Controversies Using the Ancient Literature Section
Unit 7: Salvation
  • Introduction to the Doctrine of Salvation
  • Beginnings: The Way of Salvation
  • Justification and Related Heresies
  • Sanctification and Related Heresies
  • Final Redemption
  • Grace and Human Freedom: Arminianism
  • Grace and Human Freedom: Calvinism
  • Models of Atonement: Deification
  • Models of Atonement: Christus Victor
  • Models of Atonement: Cross-Centered Models
  • Models of Atonement: Moral Exemplar
Unit 8: Spirit
  • Introduction to Pneumatology
  • The Spirit and Prayer
  • The Procession of the Spirit
  • Gendered Language
  • Discovering How John Personalizes the Spirit in John 16:13
  • The Spirit and Vague Spirituality
  • Sanctifying Grace
  • Searching Holiness Terms in the Pauline Epistles
  • Charismatic Gifts
  • The Age of Pentecost
Unit 9: Church
  • Introduction to Ecclesiology
  • Body and Bride
  • Marks of the Church
  • The Donatist Controversy
  • Unity in Brokenness
  • The Church and Sacrament
  • The Church's Understanding of Sacraments
Unit 10: Last Things
  • Introduction to Eschatology
  • Eschatological Tension
  • Not Yet
  • Waiting in Eager Expectation
  • Studying Eschatology with Tilde and Milestone Searches (Matt 24:36)
  • The Resurrection of the Body
  • The “Already” of Resurrection
  • The “Not Yet” of Resurrection
  • Using Louw-Nida to Understand Sōma in 1 Corinthians
  • Conclusion

Dr. Beth Felker Jones teaches theology at Wheaton College and earned her PhD at Duke University. Dr. Jones is the author of several books, including a study of the bodily resurrection titled The Marks of His Wounds (Oxford University Press, 2007), God the Spirit (Cascade, 2014), and Practicing Christian Doctrine (Baker Academic, 2014). She also writes for The Christian Century and is committed to writing theology for the church. Dr. Jones’ interests include conversion, theology and gender, and what it means to be human in Christ. She and her husband, Brian, have four children.

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