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In this two-course historical theology bundle, Roger Olson provides thorough and easy-to-follow teaching on the development of Christian doctrine from the early church fathers through the Middle Ages, the Reformation, modernity, and postmodernity. You’ll be encouraged to delve deeper into the original sources and understand how orthodox doctrine came to be defined and agreed upon. These courses show the importance of understanding your spiritual ancestry and applying the lessons of historical theology to the contemporary church.

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Understand the development of Christian doctrine
  • Know the key figures in the history of the church
  • Identify heresies that have been faced by the church

Product Details

  • Title: Mobile Ed: Introducing Historical Theology Bundle (2 Courses)
  • Instructor: Roger Olson
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 2
  • Video Hours: 12
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CH151: Introducing Historical Theology I: Apostles to the Reformation

  • Instructor: Roger Olson
  • Video Hours: 6

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.



  • 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

CH152: Introducing Historical Theology II: Luther to the Twenty-First Century

  • Instructor: Roger Olson
  • Video Hours: 6

In this course, you’ll begin by studying the Catholic church and its theology on the cusp of the Protestant Reformation, setting the stage for the work of Luther, Calvin, and other Protestant Reformers. You’ll continue on to study the post-Reformation period and various Christian movements such as Pietism, Puritanism, and Methodism. A study of modernity, beginning with the Enlightenment and the scientific revolutions, introduces the advent of liberal theology and the response of conservative theologians to the challenges of modernity. The course ends with a study of the postmodernity—its meaning, and the variety of ways that Christian theologians have responded to postmodern thought.



  • Introducing the Speaker and the Course

Unit 1: Sixteenth-Century Reformation

  • Roman Catholic Theology on the Eve of the Reformation
  • Luther and the Beginnings of Protestant Theology
  • The Doctrinal Views of Luther
  • Zwingli, Calvin, and Reformed Theology
  • Key Views of Reformed Theology
  • The Radical Reformers
  • The English Reformation and Anglican Theology
  • Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent
  • The Scottish Reformation and Puritanism

Unit 2: Aftermath of the Reformation

  • Protestant Scholasticism and Confessionalism
  • Arminius and the Remonstrant Controversy
  • Puritan Theology and Jonathan Edwards
  • Pietism
  • Wesley and Methodism
  • Deism and Natural Religion
  • Beginnings of Baptist Theology

Unit 3: Theology in Relation to Modernity

  • The Enlightenment: Science and Theology
  • The Enlightenment: Philosophy and Theology
  • Friedrich Schleiermacher and Liberal Theology
  • Charles Hodge and Conservative Theology
  • Roman Catholic Modernism
  • Mediating Theology

Unit 4: Early Twentieth-Century Movements

  • Fundamentalism
  • The Social Gospel
  • Karl Barth and Dialectical Theology
  • Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism
  • Existentialist Theology
  • Process Theology
  • Religionless Christianity and the Death of God Theology
  • Theology of Hope

Unit 5: Late Twentieth-Century Movements

  • New Approaches to Roman Catholicism
  • Theologies of Liberation
  • Evangelical Theologies
  • Renaissance of the Doctrine of the Trinity

Unit 6: Postmodern Movements

  • Development of Postmodernity
  • Deconstructionism
  • Postliberal Theology
  • Stanley Hauerwas and Postmodernity
  • The Global South


  • Concluding the Course

About Roger 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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