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Mobile Ed: CH261 History of the Doctrine of the Trinity (10 hour course)


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God’s trinitarian nature is eternal and unchanging, yet how Christians have understood and expressed the doctrine of the Trinity has been shaped over two thousand years of church history. Dr. Fred Sanders surveys the development of the theology of the triune God from the age of the apostolic fathers down to the modern era. He emphasizes that while the source and foundation of this doctrine is Scripture, understanding the perspectives of believers over time can be a resource for us as we reflect on God’s self-revelation. You will be shown in depth how the testimony of the church has affirmed God’s triunity over the millennia, and you will come to see more clearly your position in the long line of believers standing face to face with Scripture, learning there of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Course Outline

Unit 1: Method and Background

  • Method
  • Three Factors Driving Elaboration
  • Times of the Trinity: Periodization

Unit 2: Pre-Nicene Period

  • Introduction: Clarity
  • Baptismal Formula
  • Gloria Patri
  • Apostolic Fathers
  • Apologists
  • Justin Martyr
  • Apostles’ Creed
  • Irenaeus
  • Tertullian
  • Origen
  • Logos Doctrine

Unit 3: Nicene Trinitarianism

  • Story of Nicaea
  • Athanasius: Part 1
  • Athanasius: Part 2
  • Hilary of Poitiers
  • Basil
  • Gregory of Nazianzus
  • Nicene Creed
  • Augustine: Part 1
  • Augustine: Part 2
  • Augustine: Part 3
  • Athanasian Creed

Unit 4: Early Medieval Trinitarianism

  • Dionysius
  • Boethius
  • The Creed of the Council of Toledo 11
  • John of Damascus
  • Photius and Filioque
  • Peter Lombard
  • Anselm
  • Bernard of Clairvaux
  • Rupert of Deutz
  • Gerhoch the Great
  • Richard of Saint Victor

Unit 5: Later Medieval Trinitarianism

  • Aquinas: Part 1
  • Aquinas: Part 2
  • Bonaventure
  • Palamas
  • Ruusbroec
  • Mechthild of Magdeburg

Unit 6: Reformation-Era Trinitarianism

  • Introduction
  • Luther
  • Calvin
  • Anti-Trinitarians
  • Cranmer
  • Protestant Scholastics

Unit 7: Puritan Trinitarianism

  • Owen
  • Goodwin
  • Flavel
  • Lewis Bayly

Unit 8: Early Modern Trinitarianism

  • Excursus: Petavius vs. Bull and the Development of Doctrine
  • Hard Times: Newton, Locke, Milton
  • Samuel Clarke

Unit 9: Modern Trinitarianism

  • Urlsperger
  • Schleiermacher
  • Hegel
  • de Regnon
  • Bavinck
  • Barth
  • Rahner
  • Moltmann
  • Pannenberg
  • LaCugna
  • Revising the Revisionists
  • Webster

Product Details

  • Title: CH261 History of the Doctrine of the Trinity
  • Instructor: Fred Sanders
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 10
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About the Instructor

Fred Sanders is professor of theology in the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University. He holds a BA in drawing and printmaking, an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary, and a PhD in systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. His research covers a wide range of the major Christian doctrines, but his consistent focus is on the doctrine of the Trinity. He is the author of The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything, The Triune God, and several other books and articles.


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