Introduction to Theology Certificate Course


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Formally take Introduction to Theology for a toward a certificate of theology presented by Credo. You will join C. Michael Patton and fellow students on Zoom every week for five weeks. You will also join the students in your class for student community discussion. You can take this course for self study or for a grade. In the contract grading system, you will have quizzes, case studies, Scripture memorization, and readings.

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Class Session Dates: November 7, 14, 28, December 5, 12

Student Community Discussion Dates: November 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15

Time: 7pm-8pm CST

*Student Workbook sent upon enrollment.

See below for syllabus

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Course Description

This is a theological studies methods course. Its primary purpose is to teach you skills

for developing a Christian mind, by helping you construct a solid foundation for

thinking through life’s most important issues. We will begin by establishing the

reality and nature of truth and then learn that rightly interpreted Scripture is the final

arbiter of truth. You will learn the about various sources for theology and the way

that different people use and misuse these sources. This course endeavors to enable

people to think theologically and construct a biblical worldview that makes the

Christian’s witness relevant to all people in need. This course is a prerequisite to all

other required courses of theology.

Course Objectives

1. The student will understand that theology is more than just an academic

discipline reserved only for professional theologians, but that it is a fountain

from which all people may daily drink.

2. The student will know the different sources from which we derive our

understanding of truth and direction.

3. The student will develop a broader perspective of theology in general and

learn how theology is done within the Christian community.

4. The students will glorify God through their humble submission to His

command to love Him with “all their mind” (Matt. 22:37).

5. The students will critically evaluate their own theological method and

worldview by learning how to test and critique the validity of their core


6. The students will critique various sources from which they derive their beliefs

with the purpose of establishing the Scripture as their primary source for their


7. The students will place greater confidence in theology and the process of

doing theology.

8. The student will learn to value the unity and diversity of the Body of Christ.

Course Textbooks

Required Book for grade:

􀂃 Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan,


􀂃 Olson, Roger. Mosaic of Christian Beliefs. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002.

􀂃 Bible (preferably New American Standard or NET Bible)

Course Requirements and Grading

This course can be taken at two levels: Certificate or self-study.

1. Certificate Students: Certificate students take the course for a grade to

receive a certificate that can be applied towards the Credo Academy Theology Certificate. You must

pay the tuition, attend or view all ten sessions, and complete enough of the

homework according to the grading system below to receive a passing grade.

This applies to both online and campus students.

2. Self-study: Self-study students take the course for enrichment only.

Homework is not required, although doing homework will obviously enrich

your learning from the course.

Honors credit can be earned in this course by completing all the coursework and

completing an additional reading assigned by the teacher. See bibliography for



Assignment Description – see course schedule for due dates

Viewing/Attending classes: Students are required to attend or view all ten

sessions of the course. (All sessions for every course will be made available to the student if they do not already have them.) Online certificate students: While attending or viewing the sessions is

required for all certificate students, it does not apply toward your grade and you

cannot receive credit without it.

Five hours of theological community time (online certificate students

only): This is done by attending the student session on zoom. While

theological community time is required for all online certificate students, it does

not apply toward your grade and you cannot receive credit without it.

1. Reading: Various reading assignments will be given during the ten-week period.

Each student will be expected to read the material according to the ten-week session

schedule provided in the syllabus.

2. Scripture memorization: Each student will memorize the passages provided

on the Scripture memorization sheet in the syllabus. Once completed, the student

will recite the memorized Scripture to a partner who will affirm the completion

by signing the Scripture memorization sheet.

The preferred translations for all memorization in English are listed below:

• New American Standard

• NET Bible (available at

• English Standard Version

• New International Version

3. Case Studies: The two case studies in the Student Notebook must be completed

according to schedule. Online certificate students are to post their case studies

online on the TTP forums. Your instructor will grade them online, marking them

in red.

4. Vocabulary Quizzes: Two closed-book theological vocabulary quizzes will be

given during the course of the semester. Online students can find these quizzes on

the website. See schedule for due dates. Once the student looks at the quiz, he or

she must take the quiz. In other words, you cannot look at the quiz, study the

right terms, and then take the test.

Grading System

Complete 1 of 4


Complete 2 of 4


Complete 3 of 4


Complete 4 of 4


Complete all 4

plus honors



with honors


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