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“Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms.” — J.I. Packer


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When he turned 18, Hegel enrolled at a Protestant Seminary associated with the famous University of Tübingen.

Contemporary Theology I: Hegel to Death of God Theologies

Course Number: ST503


Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois

Course Description:

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.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Know the major trends in contemporary, non-evangelical thought.
  2. Understand the presuppositions (philosophical and otherwise) that generate such modern theologies.
  3. Recognize and defend against such views.
  4. Better comprehend orthodox positions through analysis of errant views.
  5. Apply Old Testament theology to life and ministry.

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