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“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.” — St. Thomas Aquinas


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Typically, the works by Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Schleiermacher, and Barth are considered the great systematic texts.



Foundations of Systematic Theology

Course Number: ST408


Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida

Course Description:

Theology can be intimidating for beginners. Many students have been overwhelmed by the diversity of opinions and sheer volume of information to comprehend. If they are to succeed in theological studies they must first establish a foundation of concepts and terminology on which to build their theological framework. In this course, Dr. Frame covers the essentials of all major areas of systematic theology with the goal of orienting listeners to the basic material necessary to understand and study God’s Word. Focusing on the overarching theme of God’s Lordship, Dr. Frame uses three “Lordship Attributes” (control, authority and presence) to organize the doctrines and help listeners remember and apply them to life.

Course Objectives:

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

  1. Understand the nature of theology.
  2. Summarize what the Bible teaches on the subjects commonly discussed in theological literature.
  3. Trace the way biblical teachings are linked together by the overarching theme of Lordship.
  4. Establish a foundation of theological terms and concepts for future studies in theology.
  5. Identify major doctrinal controversies in the history of the church and show how they affected the study of theology.
  6. Apply good theological methods to analyze issues not explicitly discussed in the course.
  7. Appreciate the significance of understanding basic theological concepts for the Christian life.
  8. Analyze your own spiritual life in light of biblical doctrine in order to identify areas for growth.
  9. Place a high value on theology for spiritual growth.

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